The Demons and The Pigs and the Greedy

The story of Jesus driving out a herd of demons into a herd of pigs has always fascinated me. Matthew, Mark and Luke all three record the story or a variation of it, so apparently it stood out as remarkable and in some way essential to the gospel story. And while the story in and…

Charlottesville, Violence and a Vision for a Way Forward

This past weekend, Neo-Nazi demonstrators- including a number of terrorists armed militia-style gathered under 150 miles from the nation’s capital. They assembled to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to cease the practice of venerating a well-known leader of a violent contingent that once attempted to destroy the United States of America. Only after 1.2…

Mundane Suffering

A prophet is not without dishonor except in his own hometown. If I ever get put in charge of making editorial changes in the bible, you can bet that the first story that would hit the cutting room floor is the story of Jesus’ rejection in his hometown. The story is a serious downer. And…

Food and Spirituality

Up until a couple of months ago, my food choices were largely based upon two simple rules: 1. Is it cheap? 2. Is it sweet/fried/salty or otherwise “tasty?” But lately, something has changed. I have done a bit of math and found out that, at the absolute earliest, the first time I would ever be…