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It’s not about Islam

posted by rgaffney

What do you know about Islam?   You know the mane of their prophet, and their holy book right? Do you know what the central tenants of their faith are? (hint: there are 5 of them) If you’re like most […]

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Multiple Man

posted by rgaffney

Introduction Games are just a fact of life when you meet as many new people as regularly as I do. It seems like just about every month I’m in a new circle telling people my name rank and serial number, […]

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On Lying

posted by rgaffney

I had a friend back in California who’s mother was completely opposed to the consumption of dairy products. her father on the other hand was more lenient on the subject, and it was a significant childhood memory for her that […]

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The Banality Of Evil

posted by rgaffney

It’s common, when telling stories about good versus evil to try to make good sound extra special heroic. We want the good guys, whoever they are to seem to have overcome ridiculous odds, because after all a little good can […]

Liturgical Dance

posted by rgaffney

There is a cult down in Vista California called the Twelve Tribes that I went and visited some time ago. You should know I don’t use that term lightly. When I say “cult” I don’t mean “people who believe differently […]

The Wonderful Plan

posted by rgaffney

If God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life (and I believe he does) Then what is it? It seems to me that the same comfortable North American Christians who like that wording, are the same people […]

God loves you and has a wonderful plan

posted by rgaffney

I suspect you are a Christian. You have probably been a believer for quite some time – 10 to 15 years at least. Do you have to have called yourself a Christian for that long in order to want to read about missionaries? About […]

Jesus Gave Blood For You

posted by rgaffney

Whoops, There was a problem with this post! Maybe you’d rather read something else – such as Why do we color Easter eggs?

What Is Best In Life?

posted by rgaffney

Back in California I once took a bike trip down the coast with a buddy. We stayed in campsites at night and sampled the local food along the way. I can't express the exhilaration one feels when they are on […]

On Bullies

posted by rgaffney

Have you guys seen this video yet? It’s the one of the bully getting a taste of his own medicine. . I’m interested to hear what you all think. Obviously the bully got what was coming to him, but from […]

Dear California Police

posted by rgaffney

Dear California Department of Justice, Local Police Departments including especially CHP and La County Sheriff, and the State Legislature: Dear California. Three generations ago my great grandfather crossed the Brooklyn bridge by foot. Coming to America he got the best […]

HOLY $#/+!

posted by rgaffney

I want to talk a bit about some f***ing profanity. I feel strange doing it. I find myself asking “Really? This is the most important thing to talk about right now?” But I honestly think it is. Not as an […]

Opposing the Devil

posted by rgaffney

So I have a confession. I’ve been watching the show “Reaper” on The CW. I know, I know, guys like me aren’t supposed to watch formulaic pulp comedies like Reaper, We’re supposed to be reading stuff and watching NOVA reruns… […]

God is Not in Danger of Ceasing

posted by rgaffney

I get in a lot of theological conversations with people. It’s my job. I rely heavily hypothetical questions as a tool to get Christians off of the script and begin thinking with their logic centers as opposed to memory centers. […]

Uproar

posted by rgaffney

“We could play ‘Uproar’ She said” I cringed. I had no idea what kind of game “Uproar” was going to be. But I was sure it was going to be some squeaky clean mixer game like Charades, or Pictionary, that […]

On Dating

posted by rgaffney

I feel, that in the church in particular dating has become terribly overcomplicated to the great detriment of many of our relationships. For the sake of all Men, I’d like to make a few things clear -The bible has passages […]

Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage.

posted by rgaffney

Would somebody please explain to me how having a battle with the federal government in the courts about the interpretation of the constitution is supposed to protect the sanctity of a God ordained institution between men and women. Seriously, use […]

They ‘ re Making Christian WOW

posted by rgaffney

World of Warcraft (WOW) is a massive online game made by blizzard entertainment. It has absolutely revolutionized the genre of Online RPG gaming and perhaps gaming itself. So much so that we Christians decided we needed to get in on […]

Freeeeeedom!

posted by rgaffney

The lesson in church today was out of 1 Peter, and it began with a discussion question for the tables we were seated at “If you could be free from anything what would you want freedom from, What would that […]

Bread

posted by rgaffney

So I’ve been learning to bake this year, and in my experimentation I found to my great joy that bread is incredible when the 5tsp or so or butter is substituted for ½ cup of Bacon grease. Further proof of […]

Excommunicated

posted by rgaffney

I’ve been kicked out of my church. I’m a protestant and we don’t use the word excommunication, but we do unfortunately have vindictive congregants who start malicious rumors which persuade leaders to ask other congregants not to return. And that’s […]

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Bus Odyssey Again
You may be wondering why, after my last experience with Greyhound Inc, I would ever consider patronizing their services again. Well it’s a long and a sad story, but basically I keep putting myself in positions where I believe they might be the ...

posted 7:23:13pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Voy A Mexico
Today I am leaving for Monterrey, Mexico. People keep asking me if it’s a mission trip or a vacation. I like that they have to ask. It’s mostly a vacation. I have a friend down there, and I live nearby, and I like tacos. But the more I ...

posted 9:59:45am Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Theologically Correct
Lord I lift your name on High Lord I long to sing your praises I'm so glad you're in my life I’m so glad you came to save us You came from heaven to earth to show the way from the earth to the cross my debt to pay from the cross to the ...

posted 12:17:00am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

The Majority Of Scholars
There is a phrase I have been hearing a lot, which I have come to detest. “The majority of scholars agree that…” It is raised in bar rooms and classrooms, it comes up in discussions about every subject, at seemingly every level. It is a ...

posted 10:55:15pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About “Troublesome Lesbians”
There is an article Here (I hesitate to link it lest I help propagate the popularity of the article) it is titled “When Two Lesbians Walk Into a Church Seeking Trouble” and features the story of a wonderfully loving and accepting church and ...

posted 12:19:45pm Mar. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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