XXIV. Phoney Phreedom
History is full of false promises of freedom. Somehow, no matter who starts the revolution, the benefits accrue to those at the top of the heap, who bear a strong resemblance to the Old Guard. People are regularly told today that Religion X (including Christianity) offers them freedom from their problems, but from the inside that fancy paint job on the outside looks just as drab as where they came from.…
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I was born in 1960 at an epicenter of our cultural wars, one of the earthquakes that fractured America's moral foundations might actually have started in my own back yard.
My mother was a UC. Berkeley graduate (the Athens of the west) and a Beatnik, the daughter of a Jewish/German immigrants, my father was the son of a captain of industry who married a…
In honor of all who have ever been swept away by the fire of human love ....then into a wasteland of emptiness.
Added by Jim Braman on November 29, 2013 at 2:43am — No Comments
In a world where nothing is safe or sacred, where every effort seems hopeless to solve our problems, there is a way I have found that never fails; a choice born in pain, a 'letting go of' and 'letting in of', a journey that is growing my heart.…Continue
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My latest blog post. Happy Thanksgiving! Finding Meaning and Purpose at the University.
Added by Dale Bremer on November 24, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
(As I write this, I am aware of the people I find no desire to associate with. They may be unappealing, or they may be quite appealing. But in either case, the desire to connect isn't there.)
"Where do I belong?" is the classic question that I whisper to myself and to God. The question is always buzzing around in my…Continue
Added by Halleth on November 24, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A metaphor of my life: A woman walks into a party, and announces she never wants children and is not going to change her mind. All the men immediately crowd to the other sides of the room and avoid her like she has the plague.
Moral: She is not the would-be wife.
She is destined to always be the mistress.
She is to be used and thrown away...
She is not to be loved.
Added by Krista ~ Bella Amatore on November 20, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments
i have heard this question posed several times as of late: Do we LOOK like the Bride of Christ?
Well to me that begs the question: What do you EXPECT that Bride to look like? Is she supposed to be beautiful...white...radiant...pure...flawless...happy? Is that how Jesus' Bride is supposed to look? Must every part of the body of His Bride bear this perfect image, else we will shame him? Spoil the Churchs' perfect testimony and witness?
What do you do....with people who sit…Continue
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I received a profound insight regarding what I call "the pounding" a while back.
A little background first:…
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O for the wings of a dove
Far, far away would I roam.
In the wilderness, build me a nest
That remaineth forever at rest.
My journey into the world of friendship and community have yielded a few good friends. Solid ones. Half of them, I've known for more than a…Continue
Added by Halleth on November 6, 2013 at 4:01am — No Comments
I released an album called "Mercy." Please check it out at http://www.songcastmusic.com/profiles/TomAlexander
Here is a kind of synopsis of the songs;
1. Mercy - Mercy was written in response to a lot of self-righteous judgment I had seen and experienced in churches I have attended. Jesus is our example but God has made each of us with our own personalities. We don't all fit the "religious" mold. We are…Continue
Added by Tom Alexander on November 2, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments
A Survival Guide 4 Christian Men podcast has been nominated for a Podcast Award, and I need your help to win. A win for this podcast means awareness for Christian Masculinity and more exposure for the podcast where men can be…Continue
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It's been ages since I've last posted a blog on here (or on any of my other sites). Part of me - the boy who hasn't yet learned how to be the man - might say, 'Good, I don't want to do my homework anyways...I'd rather go outside and play!!' Why do I equate using my gifts and following God's calling on my heart to communicate and initiate men into a deeper masculine journey to be a work to be…Continue
Added by John Fontaine on October 26, 2013 at 6:41pm — No Comments
I penned this prayer several years ago, and it's since made it's way throughout the country. It's been a real blessing to me......
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray
We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Now please pass the dressing
We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold
But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more…
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Most people you ask would probably associate the word "jughead" with the character in the old Archie comic books . He was Archie's lazy, long-nosed best friend, who was more interested in eating hamburgers than he was chasing girls.
I can't recall at what age I was when my father first referred to me by that name, but I was young, and it stuck with me throughout my childhood all the way through my adulthood, until my father passed away when I was 35 years old.
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This is the truth as I understand it and has lead to my true life as I experience it on a moment by moment basis.
The very son of God came down from heaven and walked with man, as a man, while yet God. He came to fix the broken connection, (the hard wire) between mankind and God. He did this by His death and resurrection. Adam…Continue
Added by wm. mark parry on October 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
From a strictly relational standpoint (relative to my walk with Christ) this year was by far the most difficult I have yet to experience.
The year started out on a low note - with me severing a friendship with a woman that I had grown close to over a few years while we were working together.The friendship turned into what by all accounts was a textbook example of an emotional affair. The ending was sloppy, painful and gut-wrenching, not just for me but for everyone involved,…Continue
XXIII. Caring is a Birthright (October 11)
God had been waiting by the Kindness Door for a long time. Thirty years, at least. Depends on how you count, and I think God sees our situations much differently; I doubt that he counts time. What I see as great patience, he experiences as something I can't fully comprehend. Anyway, he was there when I got a good look at how close I was to falling into an endless hole and asked for…
Jack Fox, there on the beach in May 2003, could have been a more typical evangelical. He could have dropped his set lines and then turned away in disgust as I rebuffed his speech and continued working on my sculpture. Instead, he started by asking God to help him be sincere.
He could have come to the beach determined to win one more for Jesus, motivated more by guilt or production quotas than anything else. He could have…