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  1. Thanks JenellYB! "Sanctify This Love" would be perfect at a wedding. I like the words in these samples. Janet
  2. I just found a new "Progressive Christian" song. Enjoy! I just LOVE the lyric "Keep tryin' to find the balance of our love and our convictions.." Janet
  3. Boy, I hope the United Methodist Church follows suit soon!
  4. "I can wade through a multitude of superstition if there is a truly compassionate person underneath. " I totally agree with you, Norm! Thanks for the story about your grandmother. She is an inspiration! Janet
  5. Hi! It seems to be part of being human that we wish for things to be fair and to see justice done in the end. We are collectively bothered that life is not fair. It has been curious to see how that has played out in theology. George, I asked my 6th grade Sunday School teacher the very same question (except instead of Mother Teresa, I used my teacher as the good example). I remember this was something that very much bothered me about Christianity at the time. Thirty two years later I have completely shifted my focus toward trying to stop evil from happening and trying my best to
  6. Norm, Thanks for your replies! I agree with you that the complete goal of helping God's kingdom come on Earth will not probably happen in our lifetimes, but we can do our best to affect the part of the world we feel called to help. If many of us are working toward a common goal, and we teach our children that goal, it infuses much meaning to our humanity and how we live on this earth. I believe it truly does matter. I think human understanding of God has evolved and is evolving. I am encouraged my many of the social progress we have made. The Bible has been used on both sides of
  7. I love your profile pic!

  8. "I celebrate the wonderfulness of humanity. I don't need to believe that it has some higher purpose, or some deity should get the credit." I just wanted to add that I DO believe humanity has some higher purpose. I think it is for each of us to try to help God's kingdom come on Earth. (make the world a better place for ALL).
  9. "So, when I say that I think we should only discard the dirty bath water, I mean that, within the Christian Church, the message of Jesus is diluted because the focus is on the miracle. Tell me I'm wrong about that! I've read many of your posts in here, and that is the impression I get" Thanks, Norm! I appreciate your thoughts. I don't think you have "a problem" that I'm trying to solve. I appreciate your honesty, and I want to assure you that my personal faith is not focused on the miracle, but rather the message I tried to state in my previous posts. It may be because I am part of a p
  10. I hope you enjoy this video. It was posted on my facebook wall by a friend and came at just the right time, since in another thread I was asked which of the traditional Christian doctrine I take more metaphorically, as a mystery to be grappled with. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiG-nlDVvYM&feature=youtu.be
  11. Norm, I want to say how sorry I am to hear of your mother's suffering!! I agree that the Christians who held out hope your mother's life would be spared through answered prayer and assured you her death was for a "greater purpose" meant well, but I understand how that contributed to your belief that God was either cruel or distant. Have you ever read the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner? The premise is that God does not suspend the laws of physics to keep someone from having a car wreck and does not intervene at the microbiological level to heal disease.
  12. Norm, thank you for challenging me. I know my post imperfectly expressed my thoughts. I'd ask you to consider why the "glory" of a sunrise still stirs awe within you, even though you know the scientific reasons for its presence? I don't personally attribute each individual sunrise to a supernatural being manifesting it that way on a given day, but I do experience the complexity and beauty of natural world to be miraculous. The effect of beauty (or music) on the soul is (to me)also miraculous. In the same way I consider hope in desperate times to be miraculous. It is fine with me if you
  13. I'd like to reply to the original post and say that you are not the only person who has difficulties with these teachings of Jesus. As I have read in search of how I could follow Jesus when some of his teaching do not make sense to me, I have come across several different themes. Jesus was a product of his time, speaking to people of his time (regarding slavery, masturbation, divorce, etc. For example, masturbation when you wanted to grow the numbers of your race is counter-productive, but we don't need to do that anymore). Jesus spoke a lot in hyperbole to emphasize a point (he did
  14. Hi, I wanted to give my two cents. Norm, many of the acts of "magic" on your list are things I take in more of a methaphorical way in my personal faith. However, I do see real power in faith that creates a feeling of magic at times. This spring a group of young people at church and their adult sponsors created a "magical" dinner theater experience that exceeded all expectations because of their faith and hope and desire to have money to go on a mission trip and change the world. When a baby develops and is born, it is a scientific process, but it still "magical" in its complexity and
  15. Neon - I think you're right on about God Help the Outcasts! Rivanna, I listened to a bunch of Bruce Cockburn today. "The Gift" is awesome! Thanks! Janet
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