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A 1964 Christmas Story

It was 1964. Life hadn’t been great for the girl, but this particular year had been mostly a nightmare. Her Mother and Step-Father had separated. Finances were next to non existent. School for the girl became a burden on the mother. At only 15 she was resigned to possibly never finishing high school. She was […]

12Dec2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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There is No Such Thing As Christianity – Only Christians

al-Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, Sunni, Shiite, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Mosque in St. Joseph, Missouri – all seen as representative of Islam.  Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jehovah Witness, 7th Day Adventist, Presbyterian, Clarksdale Missouri Baptist, Mormon, and United Methodist – all seen as representative of Christianity.  These diverse religious organizations claim the mantel of their respective […]

16Nov2015 | | Comments Off on There is No Such Thing As Christianity – Only Christians | Continued
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Terrorism – Let Go and Let God?

The world walks a fine line between revenge and justice, discrimination and acceptance, fear and love. There will be no justice until we all stop acting out of fear.  Promoting Islamophobia is an act of fear – not faith. These are serious times for serious people. Clearly religious wackiness on both sides only serves to […]

15Nov2015 | | Comments Off on Terrorism – Let Go and Let God? | Continued
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Tuberculosis and Political Correctness

My father was born in 1923.  His would be considered an upbringing in poverty.  With many children in the home, the depression, and some abuse of alcohol by his father – life was difficult.  Difficult lives are almost always made more difficult by prejudice.  In a strange twist of irony, political correctness in the early […]

22Oct2015 | | Comments Off on Tuberculosis and Political Correctness | Continued
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Perceptions and Homemade Bread

Before I get much further, I just want to say this is not, a crying in your beer or milk, sob story of a life in poverty. Now that’s out of the way and here we go. I am the second child of the nine children my mother gave birth to. If my mother was […]

4Oct2015 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Why Immigration Today Has Racial Overtones

I know some of the folks opposed to open immigration – they are friends and relatives – people opposed to open immigration.  These are people who are frustrated when anyone suggests their opinions are ‘racist’.  They throw up their arms in defiance – accusing ‘those liberals of always playing the race card’.  But not so […]

6Apr2014 | | Comments Off on Why Immigration Today Has Racial Overtones | Continued
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Surrender – Man’s Eternal Conflict

Surrender is personal.  Every day we are faced with decisions that concern surrender.  We surrender to traffic laws, to office protocols, to the School Evening Program of our children, to the irritable clerk at the grocery store, to unwritten codes of conduct spelled out by our particular culture.  Sometimes we surrender to our base instincts […]

27Mar2014 | | Comments Off on Surrender – Man’s Eternal Conflict | Continued
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The Somber Occasion of An Abortion

My friend, Jubila, and I were having our daily debate about how smart we are as compared to the people with whom we disagree.  Generally speaking my friend and I are thought of as liberals so it should not surprise anyone that we think highly of ourselves.  Oh if life were so easy.  It is […]

16Aug2013 | | Comments Off on The Somber Occasion of An Abortion | Continued
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Jesus For Dummies

Christianity has spread around the globe – or at least some version of  Christianity.  The question is:  What is the correct truth?  or perhaps:  Is there a definitive truth? or:  Is truth personal? A little background might help.  For the purpose of limiting our discussion to Christianity we will start around 1500 C.E.  There was […]

14Aug2013 | | Comments Off on Jesus For Dummies | Continued
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The Cruel Hoax of Fanatics

Our dog is something of a rescue dog – she was turned over to a veterinary clinic with a gash on her head and one eye-ball literally hanging out.  We took responsibility for the dog ($800 over two years).  We do not know her age.  Obviously we know she suffered some trauma in her life.  […]

18May2013 | | Comments Off on The Cruel Hoax of Fanatics | Continued
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Astrology and Christianity – Kissing Cousins

I do not believe in the Christianity that you do not believe in.  I do not believe in the Astrology that you do not believe in.  Redundant sentences?  Are these two widely held belief systems contradictory, or are these belief systems complimentary?  Evidence shows these two belief systems have similar heredity.  Similar is the wrong […]

14May2013 | | Comments Off on Astrology and Christianity – Kissing Cousins | Continued
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Americans for Christian Islam

Ohg Rea Tone has been tapped as the new President and CEO of Americans for Christian Islam.  We are building our mailing list and support network. Please subscribe to this issue of thefiresidepost.com by clicking above on “what is a subscription,”  then enter your email address in the space provided.  You will receive any updates […]

6Aug2010 | | Comments Off on Americans for Christian Islam | Continued
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Religious Tolerance Is An Oxy-Moron, Let The Spitting Begin

It seems the very definition of religion would deny tolerance.  What are some words that are synonymous with religion?  Superstition?  Superhuman?  Faith?  Grace?  Devotion?  Ritual?  Or phrases:  Fundamental set of beliefs?  A Particular set of beliefs?  Ritual observance of faith?  Strict faithfulness?  Deep conviction?  Which of these words or phrases represent tolerance?  None! The inherent […]

4Aug2010 | | Comments Off on Religious Tolerance Is An Oxy-Moron, Let The Spitting Begin | Continued
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Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm

Scratch Christianity, insert capitalism.  What is the driving ideology – and how do ideologies conflict.  Here is the basic problem with identifying with a specific ideology:  you have to accept the consequences of your ideology.  I have several examples, and I want to take a look at Comcast and the media empires, but I think […]

8Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Comcast Buys Out the New Media Christian Paradigm | Continued
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Christian Sponsored Terrorism

The Associated Press has composed a list of recent abortion-related violence.  As an aside, we find their headline rather ironic – because it suggests the violence is a result of abortion.  But more important than the headline are the facts of fundamentalist Christian violence (we prefer to call this behavior Christian Terrorism). We have written […]

1Jun2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Mormon Scientologists for Jehovah on the 7th Day

Help me out here. In literature we distinguish fantasy from Science Fiction. The distinguishing variable – is it plausible. Do the premises set forth in the story violate basic principles of physics? Like a two ton dragon flying with a ten foot wing span – probably fantasy. A space ship flying across the galaxies in […]

29May2009 | | 21 comments | Continued
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The Rise And Fall of 20th Century Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is always reactionary, always combative, always fearful, and often militant.  The term originated with American Protestantism and gained momentum in the early 20th Century, but may now be aptly applied to a variety of religions and politics.  According to Merriam-Webster fundamentalism is “a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set […]

28May2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Bonuses for Republican Big Bosses

AIG – yesterday’s poster child for successful business – today’s poster child for greed, corruption, and righteous indignation. The AIG big whigs are getting big bonuses, paid for by you and me, taxpayers. So here is the question – how do you think these folks voted last November? Did they vote for Mr. Deregulation John McCain, or the upstart Barrack Obama? Are they Republicans or Democrats?

17Mar2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Jesus: Radical Rabbi or Practical Mystic?

There is a lot of talk these days about being “spiritual” but not being “religious.” We often hear, “I see myself as a spiritual person, but not as a religious person.” This is the mantra of the children of the counter cultural movement of alternative spirituality. It is so much the mantra of a movement that it is no longer counter cultural, but represents the mainstream American thought process.

19Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Christian Message and Economic Prosperity…

We have mentioned Dave Ramsey and Joel Osteen on this magazine, and I thought it might be a good idea to spend some time on the difference between a minister and a motivational speaker. I think that the line can get pretty blurry. In order to do the subject justice, we have to mention the […]

6Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani

Tuesday November 11, 2008 The most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama’s faith came in a 2004 interview he gave Chicago Sun Times columnist Cathleen Falsani when he was running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. The column she wrote about the interview has been quoted and misquoted many times over, but she’d never before […]

12Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani | Continued
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The Blurry View Of Barack Obama’s Religion

Barack Obama has said, many times and in no uncertain terms, “I am a Christian.”  He has been on the cover of Sojourner’d magazine, a Christian publication.  His former pastor, The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was in the spotlight for some unseemly comments about patriotism (among other things), but Reverend Wright was clearly a Christian preacher.  […]

29Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Ohmydidhesayjihad? Take a close look at what right wing religious fundamentalism produces. Deny the Holocaust? How about denying Evolution.? Ponder the real cause of the September 11, 2001, attacks on America? Ponder the real cause of Global Warming? Fundamentalism has become a joke to the thinking people of the 21st Century. Omydidhesayjihad is no joke! […]

23Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Ohmydidhesayjihad | Continued
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Powell’s Words a Lesson for McCain

By Sally Quinn. It is my belief that John McCain disqualified himself from being an effective leader of this country about a year ago when he was asked if he would vote for a Muslim candidate for president. McCain’s reply: “I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily […]

21Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Fear and Faith, Vote Obama – Go To Hell

Polar opposites.  Fear and Faith.  These concepts do not live together, they are never under the same roof.  When the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons and the Catholics and the Baptists come knocking at my door I am not afraid.  But they are.  Fear is always obvious in their message. The tactics employed by the […]

20Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Ayers of Christian Redemption

American values are crossing swords in the 2008 Election for President of the United States.  Conflicting values are not unusual.  Actually, conflicting values come our way every day.  Such is the nature of ethics.  One such conflict is apparent in the redemption of former Weatherman Bill Ayers.  The social turmoil of the 1960’s continues to […]

19Oct2008 | | 15 comments | Continued
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Stealing Jesus – The 2008 Elections

Quoting from the book Stealing Jesus” by Bruce Bawer: “The simple word religion lends dignity to prejudice, muffles opposition and obliges the media to tread carefully. Not only politicians but journalists, too, are less likely to criticize frankly the attitudes of individuals or groups when they identify themselves as Christian and attribute their attitudes to […]

16Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Stealing Jesus – The 2008 Elections | Continued
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Obama and the Christian Right

The conservative media and christian right refers to “The Liberal Blogosphere” and the “Liberal Media” and the “Liberal Internet.”  We looked around the internet and found these clips attacking Obama.  According to these folks Obama is anti-christian, the anti-Christ, a Muslim, and anything else they can think of. This writer believes the Bible is not […]

7Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Conspiracy theroies – from simple to complex

Holy Cow! Our system of education must surely be failing. I suppose that mentally ill people with sound knowledge could make irrational judgments. But all Conspiracy Theorists are not mentally ill. So what is this phenomenon of conspiracy that seams to permeate our modern society? Crazy Sprinkler Lady: Irony abounds in the following video on […]

29Sep2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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911 – The Shadow of Death

What does the 23rd Psalm mean to you? The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the […]

11Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Yearn for Normalcy

We really don’t know what ‘normal’ is – but all of us want it. We want safety and security. We want to own our home, raise our children, attend school plays and athletic events. We want proper health care for our family. We want to go to work and receive a decent pay check. We […]

25Aug2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Religion – General or Particular

Son, We talk about faith.  We talk about religion.  We talk about Church.  But when you and I talk we are on different plains.  I usually speak of religion, even Christianity, in general terms.  You have a commitment to a particular church and their doctrine.  You and I represent the fundamental debate of faith – […]

16Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Religion – General or Particular | Continued
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Making Fun of Christians – or just making fun?

Son, Humor is the essence of sanity. Check out these videos. Humor has been my salvation, relieving me of the insane conflict of being a human – aware of myself and others – and aware of faith as both inspiration and superstition. Christian jokes abound – fueling awareness of human conflict. But what is humor […]

8Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Making Fun of Christians – or just making fun? | Continued
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Obama, the left, and recovering Jesus

Dad, I can remember talking with my roommates about Barack Obama. They are all men of faith that I respect, and they were all impressed with him. Then I saw him on the cover of Sojourner’s magazine. Then I heard a speech from him about serving the poor and oppressed in our society. There has […]

5Feb2008 | | Comments Off on Obama, the left, and recovering Jesus | Continued
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Christ, or Anti-Christ

Son, Take a look at the State of the World. Look at the role of religion in world events. Look at the disparity of faiths represented by the candidates for President of the United States. Who or what is running this show? The term, Anti- Christ, is mentioned in the Bible very briefly. I think […]

29Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Christ, or Anti-Christ | Continued
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MIke Huckabee and Tom Cruise – kindred spirits

Son, Thankfully, you and I do not always agree. You are a Christian man, I live in Missouri. We are similar in that each of us is passionate about our beliefs. Having beliefs and being passionate about them is something that I admire in people. The simple boundary is this, if I want you to […]

19Jan2008 | | Comments Off on MIke Huckabee and Tom Cruise – kindred spirits | Continued
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Honeymoon with Jesus

Son, New found love. The blessings of hope for the future. The excitement of finally finding our place in life. We court, we commit, we honeymoon, we love and laugh, then we have to come home and live in the world. We have to make the relationship work. The everyday troubles of relationships, when things […]

18Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Honeymoon with Jesus | Continued
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Spirituality, Confused with Co-dependency

Son, Healthy spirituality – what is it?  What does it look like?  What is at the root?  A discussion like this leads to a discussion on generally healthy behaviors.  This leads to discussion on co-dependency, drug addiction, and other destructive behaviors.  Notice how I conveniently lumped different maladies together?  This is where the discussion often […]

17Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Spirituality, Confused with Co-dependency | Continued
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Faith, Obedience, and Mercy – in Iraq

Son, President George W. Bush is not God. I am not Abraham, and the children of America are not to be thoughtlessly sacrificed on a mountain in the Middle East. Faith, obedience, and mercy are noble virtues. But are there no boundaries? Bob Dylan said it well: “God said to Abraham, go kill me a […]

11Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Faith, Obedience, and Mercy – in Iraq | Continued
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Evangelicals and Israel

Son, I am so disgusted with American Evangelicals. They speak of ‘The security of Israel.’ Perhaps they should read the Old Testament. There are a number of biblically documented times when Israel was conquered, defeated, defiled, and the people exiled. Why? In each case it was because the folks there were not following the rules […]

9Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Evangelicals and Israel | Continued
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Resolutions 2008 – WWJD

Son, Faith is expounded by all candidates.  Hey – the evangelicals have done a good job in politics.  They have swayed elections.  They have gained power.  They influence the national debate. I just wrote a post on Mike Huckabee.  He is that one guy who is a Christian Minister who is running for President.  I […]

2Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Resolutions 2008 – WWJD | Continued
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Huckabee exposed – ambition overrules compassion

Son, Mike Huckabee is running for President, in case you had not noticed. He is a clever guy – well, I suppose all of those folks are pretty smart. Huckabee is very clever – but clever is different than being smart. Last week the world saw a nasty and horrible assassination of a world leader. […]

2Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Huckabee exposed – ambition overrules compassion | Continued
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The Year of Fear – 2008

Son, Irony abounds. An Election for President of the U. S. is upon us. We are talking about the leader of the free world. Some candidates for this heralded office use fear to jerk the chains of voters. Freedom and fear are not compatible concepts. Further irony reeks from the pores of candidate supporters – […]

30Dec2007 | | Comments Off on The Year of Fear – 2008 | Continued
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Gays and Aids, A Connection?

Son, The HIV virus is non-discriminatory.  It does not care about your race, creed, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Sadly, many people have viewed the result of HIV, AIDS, as largely a phenomenon of gay sex.  Why? When AIDS hit the scene in the early 1980’s it was predominantly in the gay men community – […]

2Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Gays and Aids, A Connection? | Continued
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Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass

Son, Get ready for another wave of hoopla about literature and Christianity. Philip Pullman is a writer. He makes up stories. Like C. S. Lewis, he has written children’s stories of other parallel worlds. His trilogy, “His Dark Materials,” is viewed by many as a response to “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by Lewis. One of […]

26Nov2007 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Bible – faith, truth, knowledge?

Son, So we have been talking about faith and truth and knowledge. Let’s put this discussion this in context. For one to say, “I know the Exodus out of Egypt is true because the Bible says so,” is , by the definition of the word know, a position that must be defended with facts beyond […]

10Oct2007 | | Comments Off on The Bible – faith, truth, knowledge? | Continued
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Truth – an understanding

Son, We talked about faith and knowledge – there is another confusing word TRUTH. Let us begin with an example: Ptolemy postulated about 200 CE. that the Sun and the stars rotated around the earth. This became the known truth for about 1700 years. It was a very convenient scientific truth because it fit the […]

10Oct2007 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Faith and Knowledge – differences

Son, You and I talk often about faith. It struck me that perhaps we are getting mixed up on semantics. Faith and knowledge are different things. Knowledge requires proof, faith does not. There is a new show on television with Jeff Foxworthy as the host. It is called, “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” […]

10Oct2007 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Yes To Healthy Dialogue – No to This Administration

Dad – I am still under the assumption that all dialogue serves us well, but that some people probably should be removed from the conversation in order to keep it rolling. It is complicated, yes, and we should approach our international situation with care. I have spent the last few years learning how to act, […]

10Sep2007 | | Comments Off on Yes To Healthy Dialogue – No to This Administration | Continued
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Fear and Faith

Son, I hear people say things like, “Faith is the opposite of fear.” If one has faith, one will have no fear. To this I say, “Fear Faith!’ Question your faith! Challenge your faith! If your faith is true and just it will withstand any challenge – if it does not withstand challenge then it […]

30Aug2007 | | Comments Off on Fear and Faith | Continued