As I am reading about and reflecting on the events on Azuza street, over 110 years ago, I'm struck by how disappointed and disillusioned W.J. Seymour became in the new Pentecostal Movement. At it's very start, it broke down barriers of race and class and language, as the experiences of miraculous Holy Ghost manifestations, especially … Continue reading Pentecostal Power Revisited
Now that I have your attention... No, I'm not going to get political... seriously... Today a 77 year old woman in 4 inch heels filibustered for 8 hours. She stood for an entire workday, with no break for the bathroom, or any time to sit down. She prayed the rosary, she read from the Bible, … Continue reading Discipleship: Nancy Pelosi Style
Another song blog from “Sleepers.” Sorry that I took a break from these for a few weeks. December is BUSY! This is a song about repentance. The mistake that some in Christian faith traditions make, in my experience, is in thinking that repentance ("changing your mind" is the literal definition of the original Greek term … Continue reading Turn
A very long time ago… there was an angel named Gabriel. Now Gabriel wasn’t just an angel, he was the chief of all the angels, a very big deal in heaven, and he had the best corner office of all the angels. I bet you’ve heard of him. One particularly slow day in heaven, over … Continue reading Gabriel’s Office: A Christmas Tale
What does it mean that Jesus is Jesus' biological parent, and we are adopted? Is he God's "real" child, and we are "almost real"? Nope. When you adopt a child in most states in the US... at the court the judge looks right in your eyes and asks if you will raise this child … Continue reading Real Children? Or Not?
Another song blog from “Sleepers.” It's a cold winter's day, so... ...imagine it's early springtime and you are enjoying the new change of seasons. You're in a marvelous spot somewhere out in the country. There are no traffic noises or car horns. Just some chatty birds or noisy crickets or the wind rubbing the tree … Continue reading Sweet Air
Another song blog from "Sleepers." It's too easy to just say "hey pick yourself up" to folks who are really down. It's not that easy, and we've learned so much about the way the mind operates and about how emotions change us and help us and hurt us. I like that in our society, mental … Continue reading Cruel Earth