The Kingdom of God as a Culture

There is a culture of the “Kingdom of God.”  This divine Christian culture is in the world but not of the world.  What I am asking you to do in this blog post discussion of God’s culture is to see, to conceptualize the Kingdom of God in this world as a single unified cultural form.  This cultural unity is not typical of the perspectives held by individuals even in the churches of the Christian world.  We tend to see our…

Understanding God’s Love

I would ask the reader to bear with me as I share an anecdote foundational to the discussion of the love of God which follows.  One warm spring Sunday or Wednesday evening after church at the Holmes Road church of Christ in Lansing, Michigan back in the mid 1990’s I lingered in the parking lot with one of the leading men of the congregation haranguing him with a diatribe about how the love of God was clearly evident within the…

Abortion and God

Abortion as a practice and an issue within western civilization today more clearly reflects the divide between humanistic and Christian thought than any other.  Humanistic thought implies the western cultural drift toward deprecation and dismissal of a Christian God as an object of faith, belief and the formation of moral and spiritual perspectives in an individual’s heart and mind.  Christian thought, as I am intending it in this essay implies a serious and sincere, spiritually derived, faith based perspective rooted…

Hesed, Agape and Love

Hesed, Agape and Love? In the Old Testament there is a Hebrew word of tremendous spiritual importance. The word is rendered in English as “Hesed.” This word occurs approximately 250 times in the Old Testament. David used the word extensively in his Psalms. Moses and the other prophets used it extensively as well. The New Testament was mostly written in Greek and hardcore, spiritually serious and biblically studious Christians eventually find themselves in a bible study where the Greek word…

Is President Trump a Friend of Labor

In the 2016 United States presidential election a surprisingly high percentage of American labor, including unionized labor supported Donald Trump.  Traditionally and historically, US labor solidly votes with the labor left.  Why did labor break ranks in this election cycle? President Trump made campaign promises to renegotiate or abandon a number of international trade agreements, to benefit American business and ostensibly to benefit American labor.  He promised to bring good paying jobs back to America.  Thus far, early in his…

Dream Prophecy of a Coming War

1820s and 1830s, 1820s and 1830s, 1820s and 1830s, these apparent date numbers and words intruded upon my sleep one night in the late summer of 2015.  1820s and1830s repeatedly flashed visually before my conscious mind, breaking in upon a deep sleep.  My conscious mind woke up within this dream though I was still physically asleep.  I had the presence of mind in my sleep to ask, to pray if you will, “1820s and 1830s, what does it mean, what are…

Christianity and Marijuana

At the time of this writing, August 2015 jurisdictions at the state and local levels throughout the United States debate legalization, aka decriminalization of growth, possession, sale and use of various types and quantities of Marijuana. This goes on in the context of a larger national debate over the federal decriminalization of Marijuana. The substance of the debate rests in the effect of Marijuana on individual’s mental and physical health, well-being, productivity and participation in society generally under the peculiar…

Messianic Robin Williams Suicide Rocks His World

Western civilization was rocked Monday, August 11th, 2014 by the news that Robin Williams was dead.  Williams was an open channel extemporaneously delivering philosophical caricatures, comedic distortions of reality which revealed reality.  In an age when multiculturalism has proscribed heritage, when diverse society compresses our secular communal spiritual emptiness upon itself and political correctness has silenced productive dialog Williams method occasionally seemed to transcend our vacuum and shine a Picasso like light upon the substance of ordinary important life.  Beyond…

What is Spiritual Maturity

What is Spiritual Maturity? Jesus was the most spiritually mature person that ever lived. Most Christians could probably agree with that statement. However, Jesus was not merely human. He was a divine personality. Jesus, being both human and divine sets an impossible transcendent standard of spiritual maturity. Christians reach toward and yet accept that standard as unattainable. Jesus was sinless, a mystifying perfection impossible for us. Among ourselves then we accept a lesser spiritual state of Christ and cast ourselves…

If God is good He is not God and if God is God He is not good

Is God Cruel? Is God Capricious? Is God insensitive and indifferent to human suffering and injustice?  “If God is good He is not God and if God is God He is not good.”  Attributed to Archibald MacLeish That was the reply to the question, “What is your take on the Judeo Christian God?” asked of a 60+ year old Jewish American man. He explained that his answer was rooted in a response and an attitude toward God based upon the…

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