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Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

autonomy, awareness, Christianity, citizenship, contemplation, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Hebrew Scripture, Human Condition, Judaism, justice, Literature, Military, nonviolence, peace and justice, progressive politics, Religion, Religious War, Scripture, soldiers, Tragedy, Uncategorized, violence, war
Here’s a sterling opportunity for someone to educate me. Why do so many – I won’t say “all,” but I feel pretty safe saying “most” – progressives / liberals / left-wingers almost reflexively and uncritically take such a dim, jaundiced, and suspicious view of the military and of members thereof? I am prompted to ask this question by a recent post on Patheos; that begs a multitude of questions the author rather blithely skates over.  But in particular, at the very beginning, the writer simply asserts with no apparent justification that (boldface added) … from an American mindset, original Christianity and the first Christians appear nuts: they were universally nonviolent (against capital punishment, abortion, military service and killing in self-defense), rejected individual ownership of p
“Downton Abbey” Is Back … Well … Sorta-Kinda …

“Downton Abbey” Is Back … Well … Sorta-Kinda …

critical judgment, culture, Downton Abbey, humor, immigration, Islam, jokes, Laughter, Politics, Religion, Satire / parody, secularism, soldiers, Uncategorized, war, World War I
For the benefit of those of you who have been vacationing somewhere outside the orbit of Neptune for the past year or two, and whose sub-space radio went belly-up, be it duly noted that you have missed the most momentous television event since the last episode of M*A*S*H, arguably even more momentous: the end of the epic series Downton Abbey, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs, and failures of a late-Edwardian English dynasty, the Crawleys, headed by the seventh earl of Grantham, Lord Robert Crawley and his wife the Lady Cora. The Crawleys are of such stature as to make Mitt Romney look like Oliver Twist by comparison – “Please, sir, may I have some more caviar-and-Ritz-crackers casserole? And with a magnum of Chateau d'Yqem next time?Thenks awff-leh!” – and even came through the

A Conversation with a Psalmist –Prayerful Tuesday

Advent, awareness, Blessings, Christ Child, community, conflict, death, doubt, faithfulness, Fear, forgiveness, Friendship, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Guns, hate, heart, Holy Mystery, homeless, Hope, Human Condition, inner peace, Journaling, Joy, justice, Lectio Divina, listen, Love, meditation, mercy, mindfulness, Mystery, news, peace, prayer, Psalm, race, racism, Religion, remembrance, Sacred Writing, slavery, soldiers, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Stillness, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, violence, war
As I am personally preparing for the Christmas I have been disturbed by the amount of violence and death around the world.  Peace on earth does not seem near. So as part of my morning ritual I have been doing Lectio Divina with the Psalms.  They have brought me some comfort but this Psalm struck a chord within me and I wanted to share that with you.  So this is a little different from most of my postings, as it is part of my journaling during my meditation. I am letting you in on a small part of my conversations I held with the Psalmist and God.  They are my insights of the moment, so if I say something you disagree with please be gentle, it is after all a private conversation you are overhearing.  At the end of my journaling you will find the steps for Lectio Divina.  For your own Lecti