Regarding Trees

Cosmic realities have always been an area of fascination for me. My mind oscillates between the far-flung luminaries in space to the gritty stuff of earth like rocks and dust and mountains, but trees are of special significance for me. Trees, especially oak trees, are a dominant feature in my writing because I see them […]

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Celestial Dance

“…there is in all the things of earth a hidden glory waiting to be revealed, more radiant than a million suns…” – David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea   When you peer into the night and look upon those ancient lights that have spanned the void for untold ages to pour into your […]

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Oak of Mamre

When at last I’ve crossed that blessed bar And my bones are long buried in the dust, I trust that they will become The sturdy roots of some ancient oak; That gives his branches to the birds.   This is the way of things in this becoming world; Between being and nonbeing, Between the first […]

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Ecology, Energy and the Economy – Part I

St. Jude’s Tavern is meant to be a watering hole where various ideas are discussed. The barroom conversation has been dominated by the theological and aesthetic of late, so I am going to shift emphasis here and post on some other important global issues. In discussing Ecology, Energy, and the Economy I will make a […]

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Roadside Memorial

For a young woman killed on the road near my home.   All things return to dust and carry in them the memory of primordial stars, Memory of the river pressed through concrete in the power lines beside the road Memory of the forest in the telephone pole.   In this world there is no […]

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Does Two Kingdoms Theology Make Christians into Republicans or Democrats? You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Originally posted on Christian in America:
We should all be deeply concerned about two kingdoms theology. Its disastrous effects on the church are evident, are they not? Recent evidence indicates that two kingdoms theology explains why some Christians, such as Christian Right pastor Robert Jeffress, support Donald Trump and the Republican Party. As David R.…

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Jesus re-creates humanity with a Cry

Originally posted on An Open Orthodoxy:
Watching the sunrise this morning on this Good Friday, I had a thought inspired by recent discussions of Jesus’ Cry from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Here’s the thought I had. God creates ex nihilo or out of nothing. This ‘nothing’ isn’t a…

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