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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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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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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 […]

On the ‘Dork Fish,’ the Origin of All Things and Cosmic Perspective

posted by remims

I was puzzling over the mysteries of Creation vs. Natural Selection, Old Earth vs. Young Earth, and the perceived dividing lines between faith and science and the Origin of All Things the other day when I had an epiphany . […]

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 […]

Gingrich: Historically ‘right’, but politically wrong on Palestine?

posted by remims

Republican Party insiders have basically been telling anyone who will listen that in 2012, Democratic President Obama will become an one-termer. The consensus is that after three years of failed economic policy, continued high unemployment and foreign and domestic policy […]

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 […]

How Evil Are You? A look inside could be disturbing

posted by remims

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by remims

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?

posted by remims

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 […]

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 […]

Self-proclaimed presidential favorites of God not faring well

posted by remims

Herman Cain likens himself to a modern-day Moses, a reluctant yet obedient servant who, in this century, answered the call to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Michele Bachmann said God told her to run. Ricky Perry, too, has laid […]

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

posted by remims

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

posted by remims

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 […]

Oy vey! Jewish mag highlights Obama? How will ‘Birthers’ handle this one?

posted by remims

Remember the brouhaha over whether President Obama was a secret Muslim in “born again” Christian clothing? You know . . . usually that allegation was made with the same vitriol that punctuated the whole “Birther” madness (i.e., he wasn’t really born […]

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 […]

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

posted by remims

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?

posted by remims

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 […]

Zombies? No big deal. I knew a couple who attended my Dad’s church . . .

posted by remims

Have you heard? Vampires are passe. Zombies? “They’re baaack.” (Shameless stolen phrase from the movie “Poltergeist,” there, with apologies for mixing horror literary references). Zombies, not unlike Harold Camping’s frequently uttered and revised predictions of The End, seem to 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 […]

Harold Camping: Oops, he did it again . . . no Rapture, just same old troubled world

posted by remims

The world ended today. Again. Or not. You may recall that Harold Camping, the self-proclaimed Doomsday prophet who misfired back on May 21 with his “guaranteed” Second Coming of Christ prediction, had re-set the End of Days for October 21. […]

Presidential politics: GOP debates heavy on bickering, light on solutions

posted by remims

If you watched the Republican presidential candidates debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, you heard a couple things beyond the usual bashing (some deserved, I do not argue) of President Obama’s lackluster tour of White House duty. First, after the […]

Wall Street protests: A political, and spiritual deja vu

posted by remims

The growing anti-Wall Street protests have triggered a sort of déjà vu experience for me. It was probably inevitable, when the high school economics teacher was a closet Marxist, that my introduction to the “way things work on Wall Street” […]

‘People of Walmart’ as proof of God’s boundless, unconditional love?

posted by remims

There are many ways to experience humility, find that perfect moment when time seems to stop long enough for you to notice something simple and beautiful — and profound — about nature. A sunset. Water tumbling over rocks in a […]

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. […]

Today, it’s all about Steve Jobs’ gadgets — but what of the man?

posted by remims

It’s all about Steve today. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple computers, who died, too young, on Tuesday. But the praise for the man, certainly deserved as an innovator and consummate marketer in the digital age, has entered the realm of […]

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

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 […]

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

posted by remims

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 […]

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 […]

Of prophets and fools: The difference between the real, the self-professed

posted by remims

Sometimes, you need a crazy, loud or even obnoxious prophet to shake people up, make them rethink the slippery moral slope they are on and make a commitment to turn around and do what’s right. John the Baptist, who identified […]

Dead Sea Scrolls: From caves of Qumran to Google’s ‘cloud’

posted by remims

Nearly 2,200 years ago, members of such Jewish sects as the Essenes secreted nearly 1,000 biblical and related Jewish texts and records in caves along the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. As preservation goes, their instincts were pretty good. […]

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 […]

Belief in God: Does it all come down to a ‘gut feeling’?

posted by remims

The class I both hated the most, and was most intrigued by in college was the Philosophy of Logic. And the segment of that class that triggered a migraine was one using various stages and methods of “sequential calculus” to […]

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

posted by remims

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 […]

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 […]

A choice: Worry yourself sick, or pray, trust and move on

posted by remims

Stress. Worry. Sleepless nights. These plagues of the psyche are as common to humankind as the need to breathe, eat and love. And just as true, the former also are proven to be detrimental to the latter. Too much stress […]

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

posted by remims

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)

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 […]

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

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 […]

Bibles on smart phones: Just be glad Moses didn’t have one

posted by remims

Ah!  What Moses could’ve done if he’d had an iPhone or Droid in his hands. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing the Lawgiver of Old did not have such high-tech options. As it was, we got Ten Commandments few […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by remims

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 […]

So … What would Jesus tweet?

posted by remims

A while back I wrote about how various deities and/or prophets and sages did on Facebook. Jesus beat all comers in terms of Facebook “friends.” So, I shouldn’t have been surprised to find the Savior is also a Twitter sensation. […]

Forget Irene. We have Hurricane Michele

posted by remims

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’

posted by remims

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 […]

The voice of God? It’s hard to hear a whisper, but worth listening

posted by remims

I have always loved the weather, relished feeling the elements. Ever since I was a boy, it has been that way. I’d go barefoot in the snow, stand in a downpour, huddle in a cave opening to watch sheet lightning […]

Another election, another spate of ‘Christian’ candidates

posted by remims

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

posted by remims

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?

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 […]

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

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 […]

Walking into the sunset, listening to God’s guitar

posted by remims

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 […]

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., […]

Battling Bibles? Why can’t we all just read along?

posted by remims

Forget the nationwide debate raging over gay marriage. Set aside this nation’s two ongoing wars (three, if you count Libya). Don’t even worry about our country’s bloated government spending, its yawning black hole of debt and an economy still on […]

Do Christians need their own ‘Ramadan’?

posted by remims

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 […]

Of ‘sugar-coated Satan sandwiches’ and other evil foods

posted by remims

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, was so incensed by the recently reached federal debt compromise that he declared, “This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.” In the often crude, […]

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 […]

When it comes to holy writ, which is better: Printed or e-books?

posted by remims

I love ebooks. On my Android phone, or my Nook, laptop and even on my aging desktop PC, they’ve become my medium of choice for reading and studying. My once rather large collection of bound, paper volumes in years’ past […]

Anti-Christian media bias? Yes – and Christians share the blame

posted by remims

Christian leaders, whether speaking from the Holy See in Rome,  the stages of America’s mega church multimedia wonders or the meanest, rusting music-stand pulpit of storefront inner-city chapel, all decry what they see as the growing bias of secular media […]

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 […]

Amy Winehouse, amid rush to judgment, remember a sad little girl

posted by remims

I never heard but a snippet, here and there, of an Amy Winehouse song. But I’d see her on the news, being led to some courtroom, her latest stint in rehab or staggering at a concert, forgetting lyrics and being […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Muslim’s act of forgiveness speaks louder than Al-Qaeda’s terror

posted by remims

  On Wednesday, July 20, convicted Texas killer Mark Stroman will be executed – unless a campaign by the most unlikely of champions succeeds in winning a stay, and possibly commutation of his sentence to life behind bars. That champion […]

What the hell happened to hell?

posted by remims

There seems to be a helluva a lot of talk about hell lately. The debate about exactly what “hell” is has raged for millennia. The place — or concept of such a place of torment for unrepentant sinners — varies […]

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, […]

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 […]

Can Christians have the blues? Yes – and play them, too

posted by remims

My dad, the preacher, never completely fit into the Pentecostal/evangelical Christian mold. That is not to say he did not embrace the charismatic experience. He did, and he preached the critical need to be “born again” (a future blog on […]

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

posted by remims

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 […]

Of housewives desperate, ‘real’ and of the Bible

posted by remims

First, there was “Desperate Housewives,”  ABC’s popular chronicle of the bizarre, quirky and occasionally — OK, frequently — morally hazy if not bankrupt moral and ethical struggles of the women of the fictional Wisteria Lane. But whether you love it, […]

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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