Category Archives: Spirituality

The BSA Funding Hornet’s Nest

Earlier today I posted a Scouting-related tweet that provoked drew a strong reaction from several people. Here’s the tweet: Intel Corporation: Pull your financial support until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy http://www.change.org/petitions/intel-corporation-pull-your-financial-support-until-the-boy-scouts-pull-their-anti-gay-policy … via @change I was asked if I thought that it was better for Scouting to lose funds. I was asked how […]

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Things They Forgot

Pat Robertson’s comments on Haiti basically boil down to “they got what was coming to them.” Mr. Robertson, I think you forgot Matthew 25:34-46 (KJV): 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For […]

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Defend THIS

Iowa’s Supreme Court handed out a fairly shocking unanimous decision this morning striking down the definition of marriage as “one man, one woman”, upholding a 2007 Polk Country ruling If you follow along my blog, you probably already know that I think this is a good thing, so I won’t comment extensively on it here. […]

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Jesus in my arm

Summer is here and school is out, so the kids are looking for more to do. One thing they won’t be doing for the next couple of weeks, however, is riding their bikes. You see, some bastard(s) stole their bikes at some point in the last couple of days (we were out most of Friday, […]

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Rare or well-done?

Today commemorates the burning at the stake of Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII and Edward VI, at the hands of the court of Mary I. Cranmer was influential in guiding the reformation of the churches in England as they broke (over several issues, not just divorce) with Rome and became the Church […]

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A nine-word poem

My friend Mir was telling me about a writing challenge she's been working on lately on one of her web forums; someone posts nine words and then people write a poem incorporating them. I decided to do something different: write a poem in nine words. Discipline. Commitment. Relationship. Can't I have easy lessons, God?

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Boy, I wasn’t kidding…

…in my last post when I said this was the year of the outage. About the time Steph and I tried to get the domain controller back online, we had a completely unrelated bit of breakage take down the blog server for another several weeks. Finally tracked it down and fixed it this weekend, and […]

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Country music, Christianity, and Carrie Underwood

For the past several months (maybe even year or two), I’ve been pondering an essay on how short and overt expressions of Christianity seem to be a staple feature of the country music genre and the severe cognitive dissonance this sometimes produces. Several events have happened recently that convince me I need to write this […]

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What ails our Communion: abuse or autoimmune disease?

Steph just forwarded me a blog post that has taken my metaphorical breath away. I haven’t had a chance to properly take it in; all I have are questions and impressions. No answers, sorry. Most unlike me, I know; I’m usually much more of a know-it-all. Steph is sitting over at her computer, working on […]

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Compassion is for the weak

One of the things I like about 3Sharp is that I have a great group of co-workers. We can be heads-down in the middle of the most amazingly deep technical discussion and without batting an eye (or dropping an ASCII smiley) transition into the most esoteric (or geeky — or for extra points, both) topics. […]

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desert

I’m done. I have a broken tooth and no set date for geting it fixed, so my phobia of dentists is free to whirl in full force. I’m constantly slurring, and the tooth next to it needs pulled as well. I’ve not been this self-conscious in years. I have had the most difficult week of […]

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Best hopes for Jim Baen

SF editor Jim Baen is in the hospital after a serious stroke on Monday. The folks at Baen Books are posting updates on their web forums (registration required to follow the link). Specifically, here’s the latest info: Jim Baen is in the ICU after a stroke, it is serious, Toni and a relative are there […]

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I’ve talked about it long enough, I need to just do it

For a while now, I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a book on Christianity. All this recent fuss over The Da Vinci Code just convinces me of two things: today’s Amercian Christian churches serious need a well-placed slap upside the head and there’s a lot of free publicity just waiting for the enterprising […]

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Suckiest weekend ever

Last week, we’d been making a big push to finish getting the house cleaned up (my server area and office — two separate areas at opposite ends of the house, for those who haven’t been here) before Friday evening because Treanna was supposed to have an after-school playdate with her best friend. We’d take best […]

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A witness to remember

Love your EnemiesEnd the OccupationRelease the Peacemakers

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Small annoyances redux

Holidays are a time of love, peace, family unity, good smells coming from the kitchen, world peace, and a fluffy bunny for every child. They are also times of high stress, especially for those who are hosting the inevitable gatherings. Lots of chores, food preparation, and other tasks of varying degrees of pleasantness await those […]

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To the Religious Right: WTF, over?

You get pissed off about sex in video games because of the children. You get pissed off about homosexuality because of the children. You get pissed off about all sorts of things because of the children. And yet you support a war, and the leadership which is waging it, in which our troops are encouraged […]

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Nineteen

I still remember a time in politics, back when I was a lad, when the conservatives were the people who thought that you created the fewest number of laws you could get away with and the liberals were the ones who thought that if something was a good idea it needed to be enshrined in […]

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In the memory of Stephen Smith

I got some very difficult news tonight about a friend. I have no words of my own, so I offer these that were crafted by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh , to be sung so powerfully by Annie Lennox for the end of The Lord of the Rings: Lay down your sweet and […]

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0 to 33 in a tad under a minute

I turn 33 today. In most ways, it is a surprise. Oh, I don’t mean that somehow 33 managed to sneak up on me and pop an air-filled bag behind my head; rather, that in many of the ways and metrics I use to gauge myself, I don’t feel like I’m 33. For example, we […]

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It’s My Party

Neither Stephanie nor I are pretty when we cry. If you’re drawing a blank on why the above line makes sense in a post titled “It’s My Party,” you’ve obviously never seen the movie of the same name starring Eric Roberts and Gregory Harrison. This movie is not everyone’s cup of tea — the story […]

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In Progress 3

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I can’t tell if this is success or failure…

I made it all the way through Lent without having any pop[1], so Easter Sunday afternoon I treated myself to a can of Pepsi. I had another one this afternoon. It just doesn’t taste as good as I used to think it did. I won’t have any trouble keeping pop as an occasional treat, rather […]

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A line in the sand

Thanks to PNH of Electrolite fame and Wil Wheaton, I learned about the list of blogs and bloggers taking a public stance against the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States. The original kick-off is here and the overflow list is here. Count me in. This one is a no-brainer.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Episcopalian

Today, we spent the lion’s share of our day at the consecration of our dicoese’s new Bishop Suffragan. Bavi Edna Rivera, or Nedi as we know her, occupies an interesting place in the history of the Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington) of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA). Follow along, if […]

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On Encouraging Tolerance (with thanks and apologies to John Scalzi)

John Scalzi posted his seven Maxims for Non-Believers and they struck me as so well-crafted, I immediately wished that I was a non-believer so that I could use them: Being a non-believer does not mean you have to be intolerant of those who believe. Being a non-believer does not mean you have to be ignorant […]

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Grassroots and the Internet

It seems the American Family Association is upset with FCC Chairman Michael Powell, according to the e-mail I received from them last night. They’ve set up a lovely website for you to register your displeasure with a few clicks and contribute to what they hope is an overwhelming volume of e-mail in protest. I did […]

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Thoughts on the Parable of the Lost Geek

As I was getting ready for bed, a casual conversation with my wife kicked off a thought that resulted in me rushing to the keyboard. This post is the result. Those of you who read me on LJ may not know that I am a Christian. That’s not a very comforting thing to have to […]

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