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About mystictrek

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  • Birthday 01/19/1947

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    I'm a retired Presbyterian Pastor. I retired early because my wife's career took off and I was ready for a change. I'm trying to write a lot and work on promoting what I call The New Church for the New Age. My website and blog are mostly devoted to this project. I don't see my calling as a call to start a new religion. I simply see myself as a reporter or messenger seeking to bring together and empower people of faith who are working to expand God's realm of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom.<br /><br />I am promoting 12 disciplines to heavenly awareness: stillness, silence, solitude, simplicity, detachment, discernment, devotion, delight, humility, healing, holiness and heavenliness. <br /><br />I like Baseball and I was delighted last year when the Red Sox finally won the World Series. I lived in Boston in the 60s and 70s (Northeastern University & Boston University School of Theology). I lived in Chicago 1980-82 when I got a D. Min. at Chicago Theological Seminary. I lived in Dearborn, MI when the Tigers won the WS in 1984. They got off to a 35-5 start that year. Sparky Anderson was such a great manager, a pastor to his team I think. You guessed it, my favorite movie is FIELD OF DREAMS.<br /><br />I like Rock'n'Roll and wrote my D. Min. project focused on Rock'n'Roll as Play, Protest, Passage and Prayer. Harvey Cox is probably my favorite theologian. I also like John Biersdorf who I had the privilege to study with when I was in Michigan. Harrell Beck, The OT Prof. at BU School of Theology for many years was a major mentor as were several pastors. My favorite all time R&R band is The Who. I need to also mention Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Todd Rundgren, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, U2, Van Morrison, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper and the Cranberries. There are more but I will leave that to another discussion.<br /><br />I'm a grandfather now. Emily was born on 4/21/04<br /><br />My name is John but here I go by Mystictrek.<br /><br />I have lived in NJ, MA, IL, MI NC and now NY (upstate). I have been in upstate NY 1988-2002 and now 2005- . Most recently my wife's career took us to Chapel Hill NC and Amherst MA, 2 great towns. Now we are living in 2 places to be near family (Utica area) and job (Rochester).<br />
  1. In the past 2 decades, Bill & Hill have been a thorn on the side of the powerful and privileged of America. Billions of dollars have been spent to convince us that they are sleezy and power-hungry. The plutocracy hates them because, they, more than anybody else, have been successful at reducing their power and influence. Don't let the media or "the vast rightwing conspiracy" define Bill and Hill. Hillary is now the comeback kid once again. Why do the common people, the average Joes and Jeans, keep putting the Clintons on top? The media bashes them. The affluent Liberals bash the
  2. +++ That's certainly not the question Jesus of Nazareth would say is crucial. It is by our fruits that they will know who we are ... the fruits of love in action. A Christian is one who knows that we are all loved unconditionally and that we are all called to spread this good news inviting people near and far to the feast of abundant life without conditions. It is imperative that every human being is included in the abundance. This requires devotion to the mission of creating and maintaining peace and justice for all.
  3. Please read "Ilan Pappe on How Israel was Founded on Ethnic Cleansing" and other articles by this important historian. The more I look at the current disaster in Israel-Palestine, the more I realize that history must not be ignored. The fiction of the official Israeli version of history must be challenged and challenged and challenged again until the Israelis and the European and American enablers of Israel come to their senses. Only then can a real just solution be achieved. love, john + http://www.abundancetrek.com & http://www.abundancetrek.com/blog + "The spirit of liberty is th
  4. Hillary has to run on her husband's record so she does seem conservative compared to Obama. I think the times have changed and people are ready to move in a more liberal direction than in 1993 when Bill took over as a minority President with an unruly Democratic majority which soon lost control of congress. So, I believe Hillary would be far more liberal than her husband with people like Nancy Pelosi fighting for her program. Same with Obama who is actually more conservative than you might think. He works closely with the Daley machine and is loved by the nuclear power and coal power inter
  5. I believe that Hillary is much more consistent on gay rights. At a rally, one of Obama's supporters who gave a speech was a homosexual man who was healed of that "disease." Many blacks are opposed to gay rights with passion. Obama is a politician even if he seems like the Messiah at times.
  6. I'm probably giving too much advice since every one is different but I would pay off the highest interest card as much as possible and pay the minimum due on all others. That's the fastest way to get the monthly finance charges down which soon makes more money available to pay off the cards with less interest. Don't ever be late on one of those special rates. One late payment allows them to go the highest interest rate for the rest of the loan. See the fine print. They also collect 3 per cent or more right at the start of those special offers. See the fine print. I'm sure it wil
  7. Actually, 2 things were important to me when we realized we had to get serious about budgeting and saving in August 2000. 1 -- I didn't want to file for bankruptcy or sign on to some kind of debt counselling program. 2 -- I did want to continue using a credit card for all purchases so we could get miles for travel and because I would have felt so defeated if we only used cash or checks. Another benefit is that credit card purchases are easy to track. I entered every purchase -- credit card, check, cash -- into the Quicken program. I still do except that I budget a $150 per month for person
  8. That's a good interpretation of that message and it is supported by Pauline theology. Paul reminds us over and over again that we are weak and powerless except when we live in God's sufficient grace. I particularly like 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.
  9. In forum after forum, I have try to bring some truth to this longstanding conflict between Arab & Jew in the Holy Land. Let us remember a very famous and very important quote: "The first casualty of war is truth." The Arab versus Jewish war, and it is a war, goes back to the nineteenth century. In the Palestine of the Ottoman Empire, Jews and Moslems and Christians, got along pretty well in that region. And there was indeed room for more. The troubles began when a colonial power, the UK, decided to impose its will on a native population. The British took a census in the ea
  10. I don't know if this will help or not but I will share anyway. As the 90s came to an end, my wife and I were in serious debt. Our son had died in 1994 which kep Mary from work for more than a year. Our budget was totally based on 2 full time workers -- minister and teacher. So, the debt began to accumulate in 1993 and 1994. It got worse as my daughter went to college (1992-1996) and Mary went for a Ph.D in Nursing (1992, 1995-1999). I kept the growing debt a secret until the day that we filled out an application for a loan for a new car in 1999. Mary was furious! But I still feel go
  11. Wow. What a list of questions. Many of these questions have been raised before and the archives of this forum provides many wonderful thoughts. I don't know where to begin. Please try to narrow down your quest. Which question is really important right now in your spiritual journey? That famous Rilke quote comes to mind: "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to li
  12. + It is reassuring to know that many Israelis want to face their history rather than deny it. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions offers "JNF Signs Will Mention destroyed Palestinian Villages" which appeared in Haaretz on Feb. 3. READ ARTICLE love, john + www.abundancetrek.com & www.abundancetrek.com/blog + "Why 99, you know we have to murder and kill and destroy in order to preserve everything that's good in the world." --Maxwell Smart to Agent 99
  13. Dear SOMA, There is, of course, a lot of truth in what you have said here. I might have totally agreed with you at one time. But I think the appeal of "arrogant, fundamental Christianity" goes deeper than that. I think it's a spell cast by the "world ruler" or the Domination System" as Walter Wink describes it so well. A good summary of Wink's amazing scholarship on the principalites and powers is at http://www.bridges-across.org/ba/vr_confront.htm People under this spell have found a lot of fellowship and joy and meaning in the community of "arrogant, fundamental Christian
  14. +++ I guess not! On another forum, a friend said he is buying Elizabeth Hamilton's Untrain Your Parrot. love, john + www.abundancetrek.com & www.abundancetrek.com/blog + We are intimately, intricately and infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited and uniting love which is miraculous, mysterious and marvellous.
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