Archive - April 1, 2018

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Trump betrays Christ on Easter
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Weep for humanity and all living things
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These March for Our Lives kids impress me. The elders, not so much.
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What I learned from my Facebook fast
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The power of wonder
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Swedish bears outwit hunters by adapting to law
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Climate change is already spreading disease
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Pro-Trump pastor: Ten Commandments will stop guns

Trump betrays Christ on Easter

trump betrays christ on easter

A little more than an hour after his all-caps “Happy Easter” greeting, President Trump showed once again that he neither understands nor cares about the resurrected one Christians celebrate today. His bigotry toward people of color should long ago have disqualified him from the support of anyone who considers Christian faith more than a label they wear on Sundays. But this–his racist assault on the Dreamers, who have widespread American support for the righteousness of their cause, is beyond the pale. Read More

Weep for humanity and all living things

A civilization in denial and heading for disaster. That was the story 2,600 years ago, and that is our story today.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God judges a society by how it treats the poor, the elderly, the outcasts, and the land. This conveniently has been forgotten in America and in other wealthy nations. I gave a talk about this a couple of weeks ago, and want to use it to kick off this new blog. It relates to all seven of the categories I have created for this site: religion, spirituality, politics, culture, science, nature and justice. My topic was about the Prophet Jeremiah and the lessons we can learn from his failure to break through the denial of his times. Only when we face reality and weep will we find genuine hope again. Here is what I said: Read More

These March for Our Lives kids impress me. The elders, not so much.

The March for Our Lives was a powerful display of young people spearheading a major event that called dramatic attention to the gun violence that has killed so many schoolchildren.

And so the gun rights extremists had but one course of action: discredit, ridicule and lie about the young activists with impunity. Read More

What I learned from my Facebook fast

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I just spent seven weeks on a Facebook fast, and I learned a few things.

I should preface this by saying it was a completely impulsive decision made the evening of February 13th, when one of my Facebook friends posted that she was going to fast from Facebook during Lent, which started the next day.

I immediately responded that she inspired me to do the same thing: no Facebook until Easter except for Sundays (which tradition holds exempt from Lenten fasts).

Then I told my wife, who raised her eyebrow skeptically. She was doubtful I could do it. That, of course, only made me more determined, but I admit I was a little concerned about how hard it might be. I thought that alone was reason for trying. Read More

When you lose the power of wonder, you grow old

“When you lose the power of wonder, you grow old, no matter how old you are. If you have the power of wonder, you are forever young. The whole world is pristine and new and exciting.”

— Sigurd F. Olson

Swedish bears outwit hunters by adapting to law

Swedish brown bear mothers outwit hunters by adapting to law

Perhaps Swedish bears are smarter than the average bear. After Sweden passed a law banning protecting mother bears with cubs from hunters, the female bears learned to keep their cubs around an extra year. Read More

Climate change is already spreading disease

Climate change is already causing a large increase in tick-borne diseases among Americans, and scientists expect these and other maladies such as plague to keep getting worse over the decades to come as the planet warms. An article in The Revelator describing our current situation and projections points out that in Maine exploding populations of ticks have already caused cases of some diseases to multiply 30 times.

The interactive map above lets you look at projections of ten key diseases expected to worsen over time on a county-by-county basis. The darker the color, the worse the disease risk. Read More

Pro-Trump pastor: Ten Commandments will stop guns

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The Ten Commandments will stop gun violence? Maybe if kids hide behind steel-reinforced facsimiles…. Read More

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