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I often hear about how people in the West “feel entitled,” and that the entitlement distorts our priorities. I just might agree with this analysis. I am a Baby Boomer, who has strong ties to members of the Greatest Generation, […]

More than 30,000 Christian denominations exist worldwide, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia. Thirty thousand. That’s an enormous number. A 2018 Barna Research study reports that, “Churches of all stripes practice their own flavor of ministry in cities across the […]

First printed in Times Union February 24, 2018 While not excusing sexual misconduct in the name of religion, I dare say religion arms me in the fight against it, even when changes come slowly. I welcome new policies targeting sexual […]

Amid our nation’s terrors, we should remember that our neighbors need comfort and hope, they need useful religion. The bad news is that religion gets a bad rap in the West. The good news is that religion is on the […]

Arguably, religion’s usefulness is exhausted at times or gets polluted. So, how can nearly 6 billion faith adherents keep religion useful? Religion News Service asked faith leaders to predict the 2018 religious landscape. Here are two responses: an increase in […]

Earth serves as a bountiful source of life, beauty, and food for us. It’s only natural we’d want to return the treatment. But human ego, greed, confusion, and fear tempt us to do that which is unnatural, and suffering is […]

Don’t give chocolate and donuts to people with weight problems. Food is a temptation and love doesn’t tempt us, but encourages us to be moderate and nourishing.

Jesus said, “know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) Free of what? Pain, loneliness, lack? Or, freedom from responsibility toward family and society? Big difference and I believe Jesus meant freedom from pain loneliness, and […]

For Talks at Google, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin said, “The brain is very good at self-delusion, that’s one thing it’s very good at.” (minute 6:30) Levitin addressed the delusion of multitasking. It’s a myth, he said. The brain can’t multitask because […]

More than one million selfies are taken per day? Blah. Sounds like a self-obsessed world. Or, is it self-awareness? Can selfies lead to self-awaking? Can it lead to an awareness of God? Experts and researchers are trying to answer those […]