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Ash Wednesday and the Mortality of Man

Today is Ash Wednesday. While the rest of the Western world celebrates the feast of Saint Valentine honouring his martyrdom by giving chocolates and roses, sacramental Christians across the world are in a quasi-state of mourning. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer marking the first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes (made from the palm leaves which are waved on Palm Sunday) on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence… Read More
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What the Modern Church is Missing

Let’s face it. We live in very different times, cultures and circumstances than those of the church 100, 500, 1,000 or 2,000 years ago. It takes different things to keep people of our day and age involved. Every century that passes between the preaching of the apostles and the modern era increases the gap in the ability to grasp just what it is that they were willing to lay down their lives in defense of.  No, the Gospel itself hasn’t changed, but in reality, we can’t even imagine the culture… Read More
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Death and Dying

As most of you that know me are aware, I have high functioning autism. In some ways, this is a blessing, and in others, a curse. I see the world in black and white. There is no grey. There is no maybe. There is no “kinda sorta”. Things are, or they are not one way or the other. Logic is my guiding principle. If it makes no common sense, and has no logic, I don’t generally give it any further thought. With that being said, there is one area (yes… Read More
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True National Character

There are many scales by which we generally weigh the character of a nation. Some for the better, some for the worse. And there are many measures by which nations aspire to be sized up. Many nations have a strong gross domestic product. Others own a great share of debt owed by other nations. Some have gold and diamonds. Others have a strong and stable government with relatively happy citizens. Still others are medically and technologically advanced. These are all categories that they have striven for recognition within. But to… Read More
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On Faith and Feeling

I awoke to the following post, and it genuinely sparked my curiosity, as I am one of those people that worships only because I prefer to receive reward rather than punishment once I die and experience whatever afterlife awaits me… “If we worship God because we are afraid of punishment and Hell, then we are not worshipping God at all. If we worship God because we hope to receive a reward now and in the future an entry to Heaven, then we are not worshipping God at all.” Where does… Read More
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Autism and Religion

As most of you already know, I have high functioning autism. In some ways, this is a blessing, and in others, a curse. I see the world in black and white. There is no grey. There is no maybe. There is no “kinda sorta”. Things are, or they are not one way or the other. Logic is my guiding principle. If it makes no common sense, and has no logic, it is stupid and should be given no further thought. For this very reason, I’m often viewed as an asshole.… Read More
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Predestination

There is a prevailing thought in Western culture, which sickeningly ascribes all things that occur to Divine will. This horrible notion is perpetuated ignorantly by well meaning persons at funerals, for instance. I’m sorry that your loved one died. It was God’s will. He/She’s in a better place now. God was just ready to take him/her home. When there are horrendous tragedies with high human cost such as school shootings, people are quick to declare that it was God’s will that it happen. That there is some sort of Divine… Read More
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Birthday Thoughts

I have died several times, over the course of my thirty-five years. The first time, as an infant. I remember after being revived, seeing everything blurrily through the oxygen tent. Another time, as a toddler, I drowned. Another time as a teen, I fell from a second story roof. The list goes on. Death has courted me since birth. Each time,  heart had ceased. There was no brain activity. I was physically dead. And guess what? There was nothing. During the time I was dead, I didn’t float out of… Read More
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Don’t bother speaking it… live it instead.

Any sentence beginning with “Religious people think…” or “Religious people are…” is merely an excuse to deny God. One that so scorns the very idea of having faith in anything greater than their own intelligence (or obvious lack thereof) that no confrontation, no matter how powerful, will ever sway them. It is always best, in every such situation, to turn and walk the other way. You are wasting your time, your breath, and hours of your life trying to convince someone who does not have an open mind to begin with, and… Read More
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A reminder from Pirkei Avot…

Every morning, ask yourself the following questions: 1. From where did you come? (not country, your physical origin…) 2. Where are you going? (not an earthly destination…) 3. Before whom are you destined to give an accounting of your deeds? Start your morning with these questions, and keep them in your mind throughout the day. Recalling these questions and their answer, will aide in keeping you free from sin. “Akavya ben Machalelel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know from whence you came,… Read More
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