The Bible on the Bible

"Hey, you're dressed queer."I look over. The speaker is an elderly man, mid-70s I'd guess. He is tall and thin and is wearing of those caps that cabbies wore in movies from the Forties. "You're dressed queer," he snarls. "Why you dressed so queer." I have on my usual fringes, and, for good measure, have … Continue reading The Bible on the Bible

Strange Fire

The religious group that I came up in was built on the notion that God gave the New Testament to humanity as a blueprint for the way he wanted them to live and worship him. We believed that in the letters of Paul God had prescribed exactly how he wanted collective worship to be performed … Continue reading Strange Fire

Gospel

In 1 Cor. 15:3-6, Paul recounts his gospel.  Those who would participate in evangelizing the world, do well to consider this passage.  First, notice the brevity of Paul's statement.  In just 25 words, Paul relates the crucial elements of the gospel - "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, … Continue reading Gospel

Free Dumb

Everyone offers it.  Few understand it.  Many think they have it but know they do not.  They talk of freedom but they are "free dumb." Simply put, freedom is doing what you most want to do.  Everything else is a degree of slavery.  So, if I ask you, "What do you most want to do?" and you … Continue reading Free Dumb