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The New Evangelism: How Being Instead of Preaching Builds Heaven on Earth
Every few weeks or so, I get an email that begins something like this: “I’m concerned that your journey through Project Conversion has led you down the path to Hell. Jesus said he was the only way to the Father. Repent and save your soul from eternal damnation.” I don’t argue with these folks, in…
According to my Wife, I was Brother Lawrence in a Former Life.
My wife and I were lying in bed last night reading when she calmly says out of nowhere, “I think you were this guy in a former life.” Heather is a Christian and so not usually given to such “Eastern” concepts as samsara (the seemingly endless cycle of birth and rebirth, a.k.a, reincarnation), but I…
How Will Your Faith Benefit Someone Today?
Seems like an odd question at first, doesn’t it? In fact, it sounds one degree away from proselytization. But that isn’t really what we’re talking about, is it? Faith, belief, and religion are usually quite personal. Most of us are reticent to share our faith due to social protocols. We know from experience that conversations…
Easter Sunday 2012: The Resurrection of Purpose.
Last year I “met” a woman online through my adventures with Project Conversion. We’ll call her Jane. She is witty, extremely intelligent, enigmatic, and has a strange interest in my psychological development through Project Conversion. She’s also in the middle of a brutal fight with cancer. Though we’ve never met in person, we’ve never had…
My Return After 40 Days.
Howdy. When I returned home after 45 days of Marine Corps. Boot Camp, driving a car was fairly awkward. I never rode in a vehicle of any sort while on the “island” because we walked, marched, or ran everywhere. Upon my return to civilian life, driving anywhere within a five-mile radius suddenly became odd and…
The Culmination: Entering the Desert of Lent.
For the past week we’ve explored the theme of sexuality and gender roles within our spirituality, and it all began with a “visit” in the shower. After that, all I could think about was the coupling of male and forms/ideals. What does it mean, how does it operate in my life, what are the metaphors…
Thinking About Sex, Understanding My Spirituality: The Role of Female
I can’t speak for everyone, however given my various experiences last year–especially within Wicca and Catholicism–I cannot deny the power of the feminine aspect of the divine (and for our atheist friends, our human psyche). But what does this have to do with sexuality in the spiritual realm? Everything. In a religious landscape (especially here…
Thinking About Sex, Understanding My Spirituality: The Role of Male
As promised, here is the second installment of this series. All these posts actually lead up toward my Lent post coming up this Wednesday. Today we’ll talk about the masculine nature of the divine. Tomorrow, the feminine. Then we’ll wrap it up with the culmination of Lent on Wednesday where I’ll explore the meeting of…
Thinking About Sex, Understanding My Spirituality. Part 1
For the last three days I’ve had a one-track mind. Sex. That’s right, and it all began in the shower with the moon… I had just lathered my hair with shampoo. The lavender-scented bubbles slipped through my fingers and glided down my arms, neck, and back. Steam formed a warm, translucent cloud around me. It…
Developing an Immunity to Religion?
A few weeks ago, I received an odd invitation. Even today, Heather and I still wrestle with what they said. I was asked in no uncertain terms, to become a Christian. In fact, it was suggested that the invitation could be the answer to my question at the river only three days earlier. My question…
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