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Preacher’s Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

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God be with you, ’til we meet again

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

Rosary: Symbol of prayerful faith, or gang affiliations?

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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 […]

Facing death for faith: Iranian pastor is not alone in a world of martyrs

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I looked. It is, indeed, 2011. In fact, it’s nearly 2012. But if you think the blood of Christian martyrs was last shed in the Coliseum by the Roman Emperor Nero two millennia ago, you’d be wrong. Most of the […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

‘Inflatable Chapel’ is nifty, but it’s no old-time tent revival

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Over at CNN, they’re making a big deal about an  inflatable chapel unveiled recently on the Los Angeles campus of the University of Southern California. It’s the brain child (or should that be soul child?) of Gail Peter Borden, an architect and […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Walking into the sunset, listening to God’s guitar

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It had been a miserable day at work. A story as old as time; you know, the kind of day we’ve all experience, the one punctuated by the proverbial irritable manager in dire need of fiber. I make it a […]

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., […]

Do Christians need their own ‘Ramadan’?

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Unless you live under a rock you must have at least heard a passing mention of this: It’s Ramadan. As a Christian, I do not observe it – but I have an amazed, perhaps even a little envious bit of […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

What Darwin, Freud and Jung taught me about faith

posted by remims

Sometimes, I look back on the survival of my personal faith within the crucible of a liberal arts college education as nothing less than a miracle. Like many preachers kids, I came out of a sheltered, fundamentalist Christian (and Pentecostal […]

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 […]

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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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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