Tag: Christianity

Ice Cream Koans And Enlightenment

Ice Cream Koans And Enlightenment

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After by-now-70-plus years of reflecting and meditating – at times even agonizing – about the issue, I have come to the conclusion in my “twilight years” that the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of the time we spend in religious observance / activity consists of an at-times-frantic, gut-busting effort to go where we already are. In fact, an effort to go, not only where we already are, but to go where we cannot not be, simply because there is nowhere – and no-when – else to be. We spin our wheels like a car mired in quicksand. At least, that is where I spent most of the last 55 years or so as a religious believer. Do I, like the Delphic oracle, make myself sufficiently obscure? If so, please allow me to clarify. If that first sentence of the first paragraph sounds nihilistic … well
Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

bible, Scripture
Hi all! I was reading Galatians recently and was starkly reminded that slavery was justified through scripture such as Galatians 4. This bit of scripture creates a bifurcation of us and them by dividing descendents of Hagar vs. descendents of the free ... i.e. black folks vs. followers of Christ. It then puts Hagar's descendants as squarely under the law and not under grace.  Slaves to the law, I believe is how it is rendered.  It also divides Jews from followers of Christ, even though Paul was still Jewish and Judaism was the holder of the Christ-following legacy. It divides them in the same way. Jews are under the law the Gentile followers of Christ, for it is the gentiles he is speaking to, are not under the law. These two things have been taken to create racism, slavery, and antisem
Tuesday’s Thoughts: Orthodoxy and Unconventional

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Orthodoxy and Unconventional

bible, Scripture
I am continuing my daily art/haiku journaling practice. This is inspired by Marcus Borg's introduction to Galatians. I'd like to also shout out to Bazaart. They are a very easy to use app on my phone that allows me to create collages for free. I'm sure I could pay to remove their watermark, but naah! seeds planted with care the desert blooms like the rose nurtured by grace         (more…)