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God be with you, ’til we meet again

posted by remims

So, after a year of posting Preacher’s Kid, it’s time to say farewell. I have so appreciated the opportunity to share my occasionally tortured faith, to relive the sweet and bitter and in between insights and experiences of life and […]

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Christ not born on Dec. 25? ‘Merry Christmas,’ anyway

posted by remims

Some insist it’s the “War on Christmas.” In some places of business, in some schools, in some government offices, saying “Merry Christmas” may bring you a scowl or even a reprimand. “Happy Holidays” is the politically correct thing to say. […]

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Was that lunch, or Our Lady of Cheddar and Christ in a chip?

posted by remims

Whenever I hear someone exclaim, “Christ on a crutch!” I usually point out there are at least a couple reasons the expression fails in the imagery department. First, scripture tells us he never had a broken bone. Second, if he […]

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Christmas 2011: The most wonderful time . . . to give, and live faith

posted by remims

Christmas 2011 will not be, as the song assures us, “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who still have work and homes, enough to eat and warm clothes to wear in the depths of winter, it […]

Robbed at knifepoint, what he did after handing over his wallet

posted by remims

Hey, I admit, I don’t quite know what to think of this one. Part of me, a big part, says this guys lives, even if he doesn’t identify it as such, the “Golden Rule.” He gave up both coat and […]

There’s nothing like hurricane-force winds to stir thoughts of life, of God

posted by remims

On Thursday, northern Utah was hit by a windstorm of historic proportions. Hurricane-force winds, topping 100 miles per hour, shredded the region, toppling semi-trailer rigs, ripping away roofing and tearing trees out by their roots. I got off the train […]

Thanskgiving: In tough times, it’s all about perspective, and faith

posted by remims

Far more than a chance to gorge on turkey, stuffing, yams, pies, hams and mashed potatoes and gravy, Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, and the gift of perspective. We tend to look to the so-called “first Thanksgiving” as that […]

Blackjack for Jesus? For some, doublin’ down for the Lord is in the cards

posted by remims

Back in my days as a religion writer for a metro newspaper, I asked some ministers about what I thought was a rather simple question: “If a member of your congregation won a jackpot at a casino, the lottery, or […]

Ark of Covenant found! Maybe. OK, probably not, but fun to think so

posted by remims

Imagine my surprise to learn that the Ark of the Covenant had been found. I thought Harrison Ford, in his role as Indiana Jones, had done that a long, long time ago. Not so, according to the Grekomania.ru website, supposedly […]

Forget? Only God does that. Forgive? Yes, every single day

posted by remims

Been thinking a lot lately about forgiveness. Now the usual sequence with this virtue, most of us have been told, is to “forgive and forget.” That’s what God does, according to scripture: “Come now, and let us reason together,” says […]

The End? Another misstep for Harold Camping’s Apocalypse Boogie

posted by remims

First, I’m sorry for blogging again about Harold Camping’s prophetic losing streak. I will try, very hard, not to do so again. For a while. But really, when it comes to self-proclaimed prophets, religious broadcaster Harold Camping may just be […]

Jim Caviezel: Finally, a reward for faith, courage and talent

posted by remims

Actor Jim Caviezel is one of my favorite actors, a short list that includes, for varying reasons, Tom Selleck, Russell Crowe and Mark Harman. Selleck I admire for his dead-on portrayal of male leads from Louis L’Amour’s cowboys to private […]

Of Super Heroes, fictional, ‘real’ and . . . Christ-Man?

posted by remims

You have caught the YouTube (and national news) rage over so-called “real life superheroes.“ No longer fictional, comic book heroes. Oh, no. These are real guys out there in a variety of costumes, in cities across the nation, fighting crime. […]

Mitt Romney ‘isn’t-a-Christian’? Betcha Jesus loves him, Rev. Jeffress

posted by remims

A Southern Baptist pastor is catching a lot of heat for daring to say what so many fundamentalist Christians will say among themselves, if not on a nationally-televised platform: that they believe Mormonism to be a “non-Christian cult.” Specifically, the Rev. […]

Faith and belief: What I’ve learned from Mormons, Hasidim and a medicine man

posted by remims

Living in Utah, I’ve gotten used to The Question: Are you a Mormon? No, I’m not. The closest I ever came to considering becoming a Latter-day Saint was in high school, when I developed a huge crush on a Mormon […]

Hear the one about God . . . wanting you to read this blog?

posted by remims

In the mostly Pentecostal/fundamentalist churches my Dad pastored, quips that played off scriptures would get a quick frown, if not a secretive note or phone call to the Rev. Robert E. Mims Sr. advising that his son was “in need […]

Are Christians ignoring the Prince of Peace?

posted by remims

I first caught the disconnect between the fundamentalist Christian upbringing I had, and what Jesus actually taught, when it came to the question of war.  In Sunday school, this preacher’s progeny, along with the other kids, would be led in […]

Lost in translation: Jesus’ puns, and John the Baptist’s word play

posted by remims

It’s inevitable. There you are, possibly dozing off mid-way through your pastor’s sermon when he pulls this out of his ecclesiastical hat: “In the original Greek” . . . or original Hebrew, or Aramaic, etc. So much for those Sunday […]

The Golden Rule: Common ground for a multi-faith, multi-cultural nation

posted by remims

The Golden Rule. The Law of Reciprocity. What Goes Around . . . You get the idea. Jesus said: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12 KJV). Tell some of my Christian brothers and […]

Christians behaving badly (and Jesus wept, again)

posted by remims

This is another one of those Jesus Wept blogs. (A.K.A. Christians behaving badly). And you can thank my editor, Robert Kerby, for including in my Beliefnet brief  “popular culture,” and the subset (I would suggest sub-basement) of Reality Television. I […]

Remembering 9/11’s victims by recommiting to faith – and justice

posted by remims

The calendar designated Sunday, September 11, 2011, as “Patriot Day.” It has a nice ring to it, but I suspect it will always be better known as “9/11.” At church, we somberly remembered, with song, video and a sermon on […]

9/11 reflections: Rivers of blood, a decade of rage

posted by remims

It has been ten years since 19 Islamic extremists hijacked four jet liners and flew them into the Twin Towers of New York City, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania farm field, that final aircraft missing Washington, D.C., only when heroic […]

Boycotting ‘Dancing with the Stars?’ Fine, but don’t blame Chaz Bono

posted by remims

So, some of my fellow Christians are making a fuss over “Dancing with the Stars” inviting Chaz Bono, the transgendered child of singer Cher, to participate in the popular ABC TV show’s next season. Some are even calling for a […]

Taking the gospel out of the pews, into a hurting world

posted by remims

In a recent blog, I wrote about how Christians are increasingly becoming dissatisfied with traditional church – the big buildings; the pews; the three songs, an offering and sermon routines so long the fabric of Sunday worship. Underlying this disconnect […]

Church attendance: Where have all the ‘Christians’ gone?

posted by remims

When it comes to keeping a statistical finger on evangelical Christianity, the Barna Group really has no peers. So, when George Barna and Co. tells you that church attendance is down nationwide, well, it is. In a survey released earlier […]

Jesus loves the little children; red, yellow, black, white, two legs or eight

posted by remims

Thanks an infusion of $200,000 in donations, the SETI Project – the non-profit organization founded in 1985 to seek out extraterrestrial intelligence – is back on track. So, 42 radio telescopes near California’s Mount Shasta are active, trying to pick […]

Crystal Cathedral: Is the glass house Schuller built about to shatter?

posted by remims

It looks like the Crystal Cathedral, that long-lived architectural landmark of Southern California – and the iconic sanctuary of Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s feel-good, “positive gospel” – is about to shatter, at least metaphorically. Oh, the opulent, nearly-6,000 capacity, 128-foot-high […]

Even if you’ve never read the Bible, you’ve quoted it

posted by remims

When the more devout believers turn to their scriptures for truisms and spiritual metaphors, no one is surprised. But I can only smile when I hear colleagues who would never darken the door of a house of worship — even […]

Life in prison for pedophile ‘prophet’ who raped in Jesus’ name

posted by remims

It took a Texas jury less than 30 minutes Tuesday to decide what penalty to give to self-proclaimed polygamist prophet, and convicted pedophile rapist, Warren Jeffs. They gave him life, plus 20 years, for raping two “child brides,” ages 12 […]

Perry’s prayer rally at crossroads of freedom of, and from religion?

posted by remims

OK. First off, let’s be clear: I take a philosophical back seat to no one in promoting the right of any American to worship — or not — the God or gods or Force or assorted plants, celestial bodies, etc., […]

Mitt Romney ‘obviously not a Christian’? Is it ‘obvious’ who is, and why?

posted by remims

So, that bastion of truth, fairness and letting us “decide,” Rupert Murdock’s Fox News – or more precisely, “Fox & Friends”  host Ainsley Earhardt — recently declared that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is “obviously not . . . a […]

Campus Crusade for Christ is now just ‘Cru’ . . . at least, it’s not Cru-X

posted by remims

It seems having “Jesus” or “Christ” or even “Christian” on the signs of churches or logos of ministries – even long-established ones dedicated to spreading the gospel – has become passé. Even evangelical and fundamentalist congregations have been jettisoning those […]

Jesus is the Rock of Ages on Facebook, too

posted by remims

It turns out that the Son of God is no stranger to social media. He did that pretty well, as you  recall, more than 2,000 years ago. Huge crowds followed him, even into the countryside. He taught them, blessed them, […]

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God be with you, 'til we meet again
So, after a year of posting Preacher's Kid, it's time to say farewell. I have so appreciated the opportunity to share my occasionally tortured faith, to relive the sweet and bitter and in between insights and experiences of life and the aftermath of being the son of a preacher man. I have trie

posted 11:20:10pm Dec. 27, 2011 | read full post »

Christ not born on Dec. 25? 'Merry Christmas,' anyway
Some insist it's the “War on Christmas.” In some places of business, in some schools, in some government offices, saying “Merry Christmas” may bring you a scowl or even a reprimand.

posted 6:44:22pm Dec. 23, 2011 | read full post »

A Congress Carol? Dickens' Scrooge listened, Washington is not.
It's odd what convergences of thought an occur when you see a well-done, live theater production of “A Christmas Carol,” followed by seeing the politicians on CNN,

posted 2:36:03pm Dec. 21, 2011 | read full post »

Was that lunch, or Our Lady of Cheddar and Christ in a chip?
Whenever I hear someone exclaim, “Christ on a crutch!” I usually point out there are at least a couple reasons the expression fails in the imagery department. First, scripture tells us he never had a broken bone. Second, if he had broken or even sprained a leg, don't you think he might've hea

posted 11:49:25am Dec. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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