Help out Private Man.

Reblogged from Cappy Capitalism. Some of you know him, some of you don’t, but The Private Man recently underwent the removal of one of his eyes due to eye cancer. He’s recovered and trying to get back into the working world, but the delay between recovery (and obvious medical expenses) has left him low on … Continue reading Help out Private Man.

Do not medicalize shame. And music.

I despise the overly sensitive. Because they turn everything into a diagnosis as if that means that they have won their show trial and that things should change. I have seen real PTSD. I have heard the stories. From war: from refugee camps, from accidents. I have nightmares from some of them (and I have … Continue reading Do not medicalize shame. And music.

Against spiritual “Health and Safety” [Mark 7]

We all have traditions: we all have things that we are taught — either by the state, by the media, by our parents or by our schools that you do not do these things if you are right and proper. “Do not smoke nicotine, but marijuana is OK” “Dp not judge anyone because that is … Continue reading Against spiritual “Health and Safety” [Mark 7]

Free the enslaved. Get Beaten, Go to Jail. [Acts 16]

I am suspicious of those who talk about spirituality. I am more suspicious of those who talk about spiritual warfare, and powers, and boast of their gifts: who celebrate the prophets and let such speak without the leadership vetting their words. I mistrust the spectacular. THis may be my natural bleakness and misanthropy, but I … Continue reading Free the enslaved. Get Beaten, Go to Jail. [Acts 16]

Not a time for rest, heresy trials included [Mark 6]

The disciples had been sent out and returned from a time of ministry. And Jesus knows they are tired and need a time of rest. Which they do not get. Instead, when they depart to the wild country, away from the farms, away from the markets and water, the crowds follow. And Jesus teaches them. … Continue reading Not a time for rest, heresy trials included [Mark 6]

Not power, not socialization, the gospel.

Aaron Clarey has religion but, like most preachers kids, it got injected the wrong way. And he comments on the US situation and the dilution of the gospel into some form of corporate marketing and socail service club. This reformed geek agrees with him on where much of the US church is: and I know … Continue reading Not power, not socialization, the gospel.

Not perfect. Effective. [Acts 15]

We are called hypocrites by the enemy. They look and see division, arguments, disunity. And they tell us we should be one. There should not be anything but unity. Paul himself taught that we should be one, and that circumcision matters not. But there are divisions, and there is politics. There are times to fit … Continue reading Not perfect. Effective. [Acts 15]