Monday, 30 November 2015
You may wonder why I include gay poetry on this blog.
The answer is that I am gay and I am also a Progressive Christian.
So, rather than pretending that I am straight or have no sexuality at all, I celebrate my gay sexuality alongside my spiritual experiences.
My life has been touched by God.
And He does not discriminate.
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When the Hippies rejected the Church in the 1960s they were rejecting the hypocrisy and sex-phobia of the institution.
They never rejected Jesus.
And they never rejected God.
In fact the pacifism and non-violent resistance which the Hippies adopted was derived from Jesus teachings.
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jnr. both acknowledged that their methods of non-violent resistance came from their faith in Jesus.
The principle of unconditional love also derives from Jesus' teaching to love the Father, love our neighbors, and love our enemies.
So, far from being Jesus' enemies, the Hippies are still in fact followers of Jesus.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015
Friday, 27 November 2015
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Monday, 23 November 2015
We are constantly bombarded with images and articles about celebrities.
As if we hang on every word and deed of these modern day idols.
You would do well to treat this tidal wave of information with discrimination.
Much of what we are being sold is of dubious value.
Some of it is outright destructive.
We were not put on this earth to live the vicarious lives of celebrities.
Many of these stars are dark and self-destructive.
This is not a model we should follow.
It makes for sensational headlines not personal growth.
So do not look to egotistical superstars for your lead.
A more positive example will be found among the humble good.
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Saturday, 21 November 2015
Can you be baptized
with the baptism
that I have been baptized with?
Can you endure
that I have suffered?
Can you pray
that I have prayed?
Can you make
that I have sacrificed?
Can you give
that I have given?
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Friday, 20 November 2015
Thursday, 19 November 2015
If you watch the nature channels on your T.V. you will think that nature, and therefore life, is about dog eat dog and copulating.
Little is made of faithfulness or nurture and there is seldom any mention of growth or abundance.
But life is so much more than this.
Giving and sacrificing and love are all aspects of the animal kingdom.
While humans have developed culture and invention and art.
But without religion we would not have developed the spiritual dimension of life.
Ideals like: non-violence, vegetarianism, charity, equality, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, peace, justice, and unconditional love would not have developed in our world.
The existence of these spiritual qualities is an argument for the existence of God.
Quite apart from the testimony of billions.
So; despite the divisions, the wars, the massacres, the torture; religion and God have made significant contributions to the welfare of humankind.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
In the parable of the vineyard laborers the workers each receive a penny for their work no matter how long they have labored.
Perhaps the afterlife will be like this parable.
God punishes no one, so there can be no hell.
Perhaps there is also no special reward for obedience and service.
Perhaps everyone will be treated the same.
If God is understanding of my failings and forgiving of my transgressions then perhaps He is understanding and forgiving of everyone.
And we will receive a penny each.
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Monday, 16 November 2015
People who are aggressive and domineering are basically insecure.
Their fear of domination causes them to attack and dominate others.
This is the fight or flight impulse which is triggered when their underlying fear is stimulated.
The aggressive response is the fight impulse.
Truly secure people (which are rare) are gentle and loving.
They feel no need to defend themselves against others.
The ultimate example of this is Jesus.
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Sunday, 15 November 2015
Friday, 13 November 2015
"Listen, you that are deaf, and you that are blind look up and see!
Who is blind like my servant....?
Who is blind like my dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the Lord?
He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear." Isaiah 42:18-20 (NRSV)
Jesus called the Pharisees (the servants of God) "'blind guides of the blind.'" Matthew 15:14a (NRSV)
These quotations represent the situation in which we find that those in positions of religious authority (the servants of God) are blind.
They teach "'human precepts as doctrines.'" Matthew 15:9b (NRSV)
This is the situation we find ourselves in today.
God's priests and ministers preach an imperial Christology which assumes absolute power while ignoring Jesus' teachings of unconditional love and forgiveness.
They use Machiavellian power plays to control the masses.
They water down the Gospel and uphold the status quo.
How can the Church be saved?
You preach violence and hatred and resist all change.
Can you not see the Love of God?
Can you not hear the whispers?
Unless you wake from your dreadful sleep God's Church will die.
Listen! Look up and see!
A new thing is coming from the Lord.
A new way of preaching that does not use violence or threat but God's abundant Love.
There is nothing to fear.
God will not punish you.
God punishes no one.
Throw off the yoke that you have placed around our necks.
And preach the Gospel of Love.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Blessed be the Lord God.
For He has rescued me from those who would enslave me to the power of death.
And He has saved me from those who would put me in hell.
Blessed be the Lord God.
His tender mercies endure forever.
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
If the purpose of life is to be harder and tougher than everyone else then Satanism is the logical religion.
Satanism teaches you to be the biggest, baddest beast in the jungle.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex of the world.
It also teaches that evil is power.
And darkness hides you.
So the world may see you as successful and rich but not see the evil that you do.
But this is not the purpose of life.
Life is about Love - developing a loving heart.
Try living without love and your philosophy will soon fail.
What profit is it to gain the whole world if you have not love?
And Love is the theater of God.
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Monday, 9 November 2015
Sunday, 8 November 2015
After the council of the gods decided that Soma fought on the side of the demons his place was taken by Brihaspati.
Brihaspati is the god of prayer and devotion and wisdom.
He is called the guru of the gods.
And he leads to enlightenment.
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Saturday, 7 November 2015
Soma is the Hindu god who governs drugs.
In ancient India the gods held a council to decide whether Soma was on the side of the gods or the demons whose contest caused the churning of the Cosmic Sea of Milk.
The outcome of this council was the decision that Soma fought on the side of the demons.
And so it is.
Drugs do not lead to enlightenment but ot addiction and ruin.
As many a hippy has discovered.
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Friday, 6 November 2015
Mozart wrote his first opera Apollo and Hyacinthus at the age of 11.
It tells the story of the ill-fated love between the Sun God and the young Prince of Laconia.
Hyacinthus was killed when Zephyrus, the Wind God, blew Apollo's discus off course and it struck him.
The hyacinth flower sprung up where he fell.
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Thursday, 5 November 2015
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
When confronted with a contradiction like the one over gays and lesbians in the Church - i.e. passages in the Bible which seem harsh and violent conflicting with our understanding of Jesus' sympathy and forgiveness - we would do well to pray.
Having prayed every day for over 25 years since the beginning of the AIDS crisis I now realize that it is not God that is rejecting us but His servants - those who have hardened their hearts out of fear.
I have come to believe that where there is a conflict between the law and the heart preference must be given to the heart.
Ask yourself, "What does my heart say?"
God is not a rule maker who rewards and punishes us according to our behavior.
God is Love.
And He dwells in our hearts.
So we have triumphed when our love is greater than our fear.
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Monday, 2 November 2015
So you think you can tell what is good from what is evil.
We thought we could tell also.
But we were wrong.
The rock music we listened to every day was saturated with subtle sabotage and evil.
Drugs, hedonism, excess, promiscuity, rebellion, and blasphemy.....all these things were hidden in the music.
Darkness hid them and we were blind.
The rock stars who created this music used the principles of Satanism and black magic in their art. These things were cleverly disguised. And we were oblivious to their treachery.
The desired result was that we would all go to hell.
But God has saved me.
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