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Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

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A Congress Carol? Dickens’ Scrooge listened, Washington is not.

posted by remims

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, yet again, blaming each other for not doing the most basic work they […]

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Baxter’s legacy: Dog, it’s God, spelled backwards

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I love dogs. I believe in the unconditional love and loyalty these furry companions give as a gift from God. Our relationship with these animals in unique and special. It goes beyond the rational and into the transcendent, even the […]

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How Evil Are You? A look inside could be disturbing

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How Evil Are You? The answer for a preacher’s kid, growing up in a fundamentalist/Pentecostal home, was clearcut: All Humanity was broken by sin, its efforts to do “good” transitory, because at the core of our beings was rebellion against […]

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‘Christian’ music? It’s about honest messages, not style, genres or even origins

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To be a preacher’s kid in a Fundamentalist Christian/ Pentecostal home in the 1960s and early 1970s was to be engaged in a full-on “culture war,” even decades before that term came to define our nation’s current theological, ethical and […]

‘Black Friday': More than ever, a desperate escape from tough times?

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Perhaps my perceptions are skewed, but does it seem that as the 2011 holiday season gets underway there is a sense of desperate celebration? Stores opened for Christmas shopping earlier than ever this week, offering margin-cutting bargains to bring the […]

Forgiving yourself: On guilt, shame and the pain of Grace

posted by remims

One of the worst perils of being a preacher’s kid is not what you might think. You know, those tales about misbehaving progeny of men of the cloth; those rebellious, marginalized of-spring yearning to be free . . . of […]

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 […]

Prejudice: Hard lessons in ignorance, cowardice – and holding hands

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In the several churches that my father the preacher pastored, I learned the cure for prejudice the hard way – and as it turned out, that was perhaps the best way. When I was 15, I became enamored of a […]

Attacks on Cain: Orchestrated? Probably – but he still needs to answer

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Two words to say about the current state of the Republican presidential nominee campaign: Good grief. I’ve discussed before my frustration with the attitude of “born again” Christian candidates seeking to challenge President Obama in 2012. Both Michele Bachmann and […]

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

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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 […]

Occupy Wall Street: The Truth will set you free, but few news channels are telling it

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Looking at the Occupy Wall Street crowd and its clones in cities nationwide, I understand the frustration over the economy in general – and sigh, deeply, at the movement’s lack of a unified message. But as diverse as the folks […]

Halloween: Devil in the details of the holiday, or the distraction of misplaced angst?

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When you are raised in a fundamentalist, Pentecostal preacher’s home, there’s usually just no debate about it: Halloween is when the Devil runs amok, and real Christians have nothing to do with it. Well, at least that’s how it started […]

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

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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 […]

Rosary: Symbol of prayerful faith, or gang affiliations?

posted by remims

There was a time when wearing religious garb or jewelry was seen as an innocent, even admirable testimony of faith. A cross or crucifix around the neck meant at least some level of commitment to Christ and his teachings. A […]

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

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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 […]

‘Christian burial’ or ‘Christian cremation’? Make mine well-done

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One of these days, I will shuffle off this mortal coil, vacate the earthly tent (as Paul put it), slip beyond the veil, or any of the myriad other metaphors for death. As a preacher’s kid, I had to attend […]

Are Christians ignoring the Prince of Peace?

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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 […]

Gospel of greed: God loves the free market, and especially Americans

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So, Baylor University says, 20 percent of Americans are convinced that the Creator of the Universe, He Who Holds Existence in His Mind, the Prime Mover, i.e., God . . . actively involves Himself in the world’s economy. And, one in […]

Robertson’s Alzheimer’s outrage: Should ‘700 Club’ change to ‘$#*! Pat Says’?

posted by remims

There was a time, many years ago now, when I used to watch Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” and think it was a pretty good program. It had inspiring stories of faith, outreach and emergency aid programs. It was an example […]

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 […]

Surveys show believers want more than just a ‘born again’ formula

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George Barna, the dean of evangelical Christianity research, says the traditional, American model for “born again” faith just isn’t working. That model, which I became intimately familiar with growing up in the home of a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian preacher, goes […]

Christians behaving badly (and Jesus wept, again)

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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

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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 […]

Faith in the public square: Of crosses, monuments and Christophobia

posted by remims

Here and there across the nation, atheists have been energetic about their distaste for seeing memorial crosses along highways where people have died in traffic accidents, or crosses erected in memory  of law enforcement officers. Citing separation of church and […]

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

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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 […]

9/11 ceremony: A matter of prayer, or creating controversy?

posted by remims

There are plenty of reasons for Christians to feel persecuted these days, whether at home or abroad. At home, the so-called “culture war”  has people of faith and the secular world more polarized than ever, and believers find themselves increasingly […]

God’s serendipity, and sermons — from a sheep dog

posted by remims

I’ve always been a fan of serendipity, convinced that if you have your eyes, ears and heart open, God speaks through the unexpected delights that life offers . . . if we just take the step into the beckoning light […]

Forget Irene. We have Hurricane Michele

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Michele Bachmann. Oh, man, how it hurts to be put a spot of defending her. To wit, her comment — obviously tongue-in-cheek as much as it was ill-advised and shoot-from-the-crazy-hip — linking the East Coast’s recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene […]

Keep the Dream alive: King’s, RFK’s … and our own

posted by remims

One hot August evening in 1963, my Dad, the preacher, my Mom and I gathered after dinner around our old black-and-white TV to watch the news. Flickering on the screens in shades of gray was a recap of something they […]

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 […]

You can’t have ‘faith’ without ‘doubt’

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I’ve come to a seemingly contradictory conclusion: there is no faith without doubt. You cannot prove either that God exists, or that a Supreme Intelligence does not exist. Many have tried the former: Christians resorting to intellect and even mathematics […]

Another election, another spate of ‘Christian’ candidates

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There are a couple good reasons I am, for now, viewing born-again Christian and Texas Gov. Rick Perry with some trepidation. Nothing personal — just on painful experience. One, the last time I voted for a politician who made his […]

In tough economic times we need grit, sacrifice and a lot of prayer

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If it hasn’t already, there will come a time when you experience a career setback. Whether loss of an expected promotion, reassignment to (seemingly) lesser duties, or sudden unemployment, that is a blow to self-esteem. Whether that blow is a […]

Reality TV makes you dumb? Ya think?

posted by remims

When I spotted this  Psychology Today headline, (“Does Reality TV Make Us Stupid?”), I almost spat my coffee all across the keyboard of my computer. My initial reaction? That would be a bemused, muttered “Ya think?” Well, now, having thought it through, […]

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

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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 […]

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., […]

False prophets: It’s always about power, greed or sex

posted by remims

Look around. We seem to be awash in prophets these days. Some blast their “prophetic” gifts from the proverbial “Brother Love’s Travelin’ Salvation Show” type crusades in arenas or megachurches, making sure they capture it all for television followers ready […]

Bad Karma when you ‘dis’ others’ holy persons, places or things

posted by remims

Mess with someone’s scriptures, holy sites, holy figures, sacred symbols and icons or even their blessed undergarments (shout out to my Mormon friends, and the antics of Latter-day Saint underwear tossing street preachers at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square), and […]

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 […]

Is Norway’s terror being used as excuse for anti-faith bigotry?

posted by remims

The horrific terror attacks in Norway Friday — and that’s what they were, whether perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or home-grown extremists as it appears to be in this case — led to a lot of initial knee-jerk bigotry. In this […]

Believe in healing? Yes. Faith healers? Not so much

posted by remims

To be the son of the Pentecostal minister is to believe in the possibility of divine healing. And, I do.  However, a lot depends on how broadly you define “healing,” and that, in turn, depends on your willingness to not […]

Lack of news media ethics? Public’s hunger for the salacious doesn’t help

posted by remims

So, the Vatican has weighed in on the growing scandal with media mogul Rupert Murdock’s News of the World cell phone hacking scandal. The Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, opines that its high time the news media to adopt what […]

Pray (and ‘like’ Facebook?) for the peace of Jerusalem

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When historians someday summarize the “Arab Spring” protests, be sure that the Facebook social networking site will get prominent mention. In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, this hard-to-censor, impossible to stop digital electronic grapevine has been critical to liberty-seeking […]

Your comments on church vacations, reality TV

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The good folks at Beliefnet.com are working hard to complete design and functionality of this blog of mine. Hopefully, the comment portal for my posts will soon be up, as well as an RSS/subscription button. ALso, some nifty graphics. Be […]

Vacation from ‘church,’ a walk with God

posted by remims

It’s summer. Vacation time, the opportunity to just relax, possibly visit new places, see the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Paris, the Greek Isles, Alaska’s inside passage, Disneyland, even Dollywood, for cryin’ out loud. You get the idea. Vacation = leaving […]

Can ‘Reality TV’ inspire real faith?

posted by remims

When I began this blog, one thing Beliefnet wanted me to explore was what inspiration or faith lessons could be gleaned from so-called “reality television” shows. Hmm. Well, there’s no doubt there is a plethora of them. Survivor and Big […]

Hello, I’m Bob. And God help me, I’m a PK

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Hello, I’m Bob. And I’m a preacher’s kid. Sounds like introducing myself to a Twelve Step program, and truth be told, there a lot of us preacher’s kids who could use one.  I suppose, it follows that all ears in […]

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