Faith Demystified – The God Paradox: when bad things happen to good people.


On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado left the town of Joplin, Missouri in shambles. There were 162 dead and 1,150 people injured. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was in splinters. The Catholic priest was asked if God could have prevented the tornado. The priest’s response was that, “Of course he could. He is God andContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The God Paradox: when bad things happen to good people.”

Do Not Be Deceived By Health Savings Plan Proposals


As the Congress discusses the reconfiguration of our health care system, one “solution” that keeps coming up is various options related to health savings plans. These plans need to be recognized for what they really are, a con of the health care consumer. Sure, you can get health care, but you must pay for itContinue reading “Do Not Be Deceived By Health Savings Plan Proposals”

An Administration Based on Falsehoods


The Trump team has done nothing but lie to us. His people would tell the most outrageous lies throughout the election and transitional period. Now they are continuing their outrageous lies from the White House. On day one of the Trump administration, Saturday, January 21, Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first official briefing. InContinue reading “An Administration Based on Falsehoods”

Faith Demystified- When Religion Turns Toxic


When Religion Turns Toxic When religion turns toxic it can become one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Whether we are talking about the Crusades, Mayan human sacrifice, the Inquisition, the genocidal conquest of the New World, the KKK, the Salem Witch Hunt, Islamic terrorism, or the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church,Continue reading “Faith Demystified- When Religion Turns Toxic”

Why We Are Not Ready For Mars


Why We Are Not Ready for Mars There is a lot of buzz about going to Mars, but in truth we are very far from sending humans. We need a dose of reality before we get too carried away with this fantasy. Our success rate for sending robotic probes to Mars is about 50%. AContinue reading “Why We Are Not Ready For Mars”

The Republican Party is Everything Wrong with America


THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH AMERICA There was a time when Republicans were decent people, drawn from the mainstream, who loved their country and believed in the American Dream for all people. Those days are now long gone. The Republican Party has become the party of obstruction, the party of bitter and unremittingContinue reading “The Republican Party is Everything Wrong with America”

Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion


Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion I was admitted to the hospital recently. As part of the admittance process I was asked to state a religious preference. I surprised myself by saying, “None.” For the first sixty-one years of my life I participated in public acts of worship at least fifty times each year. IContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion”

Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord


Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord Religious discord comes from bumping into belief systems that do not match our own, however illusory our own systems of belief may be. When I was a pastor, there was a young woman who had been baptized and raised Presbyterian. She was marrying a Baptist and joiningContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The Root of Religious Discord”

Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?


Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die? The deepest mystery of faith is what happens when we die. Some would say that we go dark like a candle that is extinguished. Others would suggest that there is a part of us that continues. There is a whiff of smoke as the candle is extinguished,Continue reading “Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?”

Faith Demystified – Richard Dawkins and Atheism


Faith Demystified – Richard Dawkins and Atheism Richard Dawkins is a world class evolutionary biologist. Lately he has been seen as one of atheism’s greatest proponents. In his 2006 book The God Delusion he contends that there is no god and that religious faith is a delusion. In the same year he founded the RichardContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Richard Dawkins and Atheism”