Belief, Bible Study, Finding, Ghosts, God, Purgatory, Seeking, Souls

Souls, Purgatory, and Ghosts (with an explanation of Plumber Porn as a chaser)

Do you have a soul? We have to start with what a soul is, which should be easy, it's only four letters, but the thing is, it's not easy, even if it were three letters. We don't have a unilateral definition of the soul. We don't know where the soul "lives" in the body. We don't know if the soul is separate from our earthly experiences. All we have is a hopeful maybe.

Belief, Finding, Gnostics, God, Mental Health, Seeking, Finding

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

I approach religion as something I want to live with (and you will say, "No, I get it, but why?"), and you approach it as something you want to make sense of.

Baptist, Belief, Finding, God, New Testament, Old Testament, Seeking

Universal Salvation, Universal Love

I want to say to Susan, "Your grandchild is with Jesus. And all the babies, too. And all the women who died from botched abortions because they weren't legal and safe. And all the fathers who couldn't get it together to be present. And all the children who ignored their parents. And all the parents who hurt their children. Everyone gets to be in the Kindgom of Heaven. The last, first; the first, last."

Baptist, Finding, God, New Testament, Seeking, Twinbrook Baptist

Mustard Seeds (26 August 2018)

Mustard seeds are small, stubborn, and selfish -- which are also words one could use to describe me, as long as you also whisper "petty" under your breath, too. In the Parable of the Mustard Seed, we're told that faith as small as this can, if tended, if noticed and cared for, can provide shelter. My mother, saying, "Have a beautiful life," when that isn't the story I have ever told myself, or others, about my mother's love for me, was a shattering and obliterating piece of love and forgiveness -- given and asked for -- when I wasn't sure I deserved it at all.

Belief, Finding, God, Seeking, Seeking, Finding, The Bible, KJV, The Bible, NIV

Suffering, Part 1: Margaret

Who were the homestead wives? Who were the gold rush brides? Does anybody know? Do their works survive their yellow fever lives in the pages they wrote? The land was free, yet it cost their lives. -- "Gold Rush Brides," 10,000 Maniacs A lovely woman whom I don't remember meeting emails me periodically to check… Continue reading Suffering, Part 1: Margaret