Tag Archive for ‘Bible’

God Is Not a Capitalist

Some years ago, when I was delving into Buddhism (which I love) and reading a lot of Pema Chodron, I found my way to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s book, Cutting through Spiritual Materialism. It’s a hard concept to get around, and a somewhat difficult book to read. It requires some pretty intense focus, and can only be fully understood, I think, if one has done a lot of meditation, has developed a practice […]

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Your Leaders Are Not Your Leaders

Oh my God. I am immersed in studying the Bible for a group I’m in, and I’m actively trying to get my head around a healthy experience of Christian Scripture. Most of us don’t have that. Scripture is a deep well of truth and beauty, and yet people in charge have shat all over it for many, many years, and we don’t know what to make of it, so we […]

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The Soft Animal of Your Body

“Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” –Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.” –This guy Paul, formerly Saul, in a letter to people a long time ago   What are we going […]

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The Bible Is Confusing

“O, be some other name! What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” –Juliet, Romeo and Juliet  I have fallen in love with Scripture. Fallen deeply, deeply in love. It is as though nothing else will do. (Other things do do, however. I love poetry, and anything by Rilke. I just bought a book on Native American medicine and […]

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Jeremiah, the Transgender Prophet

  How did I get here? How does a feisty south Jersey girl, an academically-minded English teacher and divorced mom of three, start reading the Bible and writing about God and Christianity and confessing she fell in love with Jesus? Dear God, what the hell happened? A lot. What felt like too much, at times. It took losing nearly everything that mattered to me, a completely shattered vision of my […]

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