It’s Easter. Today we celebrate the single most important fact of life: we have hope! For those who knew him, it took a while to understand. The implications of Jesus, who was clearly dead, but is now alive again, were slow coming. There has never been a movement that has spread harder and stronger than Christianity. I believe this is what happened when they finally understood what it meant for Jesus to be alive again. No longer was death the end. To all the injustice in all…Continue Reading “Eastertime”

Would Jesus trick-or-treat? Or really, would Jesus let his kids trick-or-treat? I know this is stacking hypotheticals.  But what I mean is should parents who want to be followers of Jesus let their kids trick-or-treat? And if I do, am I supporting some ancient pagan witchology because my kid dressed up like a little red-forked devil? Probably no more than eggs at Easter pushes them towards becoming fertility goddesses. I think Jesus would point us toward the deeper issue. Jesus went to parties with sinners…Continue Reading “The Virtue of Halloween”

There seemed to be something Edward Snowden-y about the Impact Team–the hackers who exposed Ashley Madison’s customer list.  Taking down big corruption.  Not stealing a dime.  All for the purpose of exposing hypocrisy. But that’s too bad. I wish they would have taken their dimes.  All of them.  Maybe then they would have done something good. “We didn’t blackmail users. Avid Life Media did.” That has become the go-to quote from the hackers. But that’s really a non-sequitur to the issue; just like their larger justification for…Continue Reading “Why the Ashely Madison hackers failed”

King Cake Baby

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In New Orleans today, it’s Mardi Gras.  Well, I suppose it’s Mardi Gras everywhere, it’s just celebrated heavily—heavily—here.

That means streets have been shut down for a solid two weeks now, people are collecting tacky, plastic jewelry by the ton, and normal cinnamon bread has been bathed in a few-too-many healthy douses of pure-sugar to become a true gift from God.

Oh, Mardi Gras.

So far this season I’ve been to three parades—hardly a number to brag about, except that I found myself at none of them on purpose.

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Last week when everyone’s heads were turned toward Paris, there was another terrorist attack in a town called Baga in Nigeria.  This time it was aimed against Christians.  And this time a group of motorbike riding terrorists killed “hundreds…too many to count,” says a Guardian article.

Actually, their number was countable.  About 2,000.

The article goes on to say that most victims were women, children, and elderly.  Because they were not fast enough to escape the murderers with engines between their legs.

Where does relief from something like this come from?

The first decades of Christianity started like this.  In the New Testament the book of Acts tells this story.

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