Tag Archive for ‘TiredChristianity’

FirstDaySermon: Oh My God, Sex

For many months, I have been tackling the questions surrounding God, sex, and money. As you probably know, these are pretty tough. These are places “spiritual” people tend not to go. So I can find a shitload of stuff in the Bible about God and money—give to Cesar’s what is Cesar’s, you cannot worship God and money, give up your financial wealth if you are going to follow the spiritual […]

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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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Love Is Not about Power or Control

So much about the concept of being “saved” by a divine being must include the recognition that the saving does not happen once. On the spiritual path, which is the path of the warrior, we must recognize we are saved again and again and again. We don’t know things. We walk through a passage of confusion, of toil. And then we emerge, and we know better, and we live in […]

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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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