The Desert Sanctuary

Spirit * Soul * Body

I was a pastor for 20 years, but I never really considered myself a theologian. When something puzzled me or interested me, I would do some research and try to find understanding. Often, I was more interested in what made people work than proving a religious point of contention. But, over the past few years …

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I used to walk to the pulpit and hold up the Bible and say, “I have nothing of value to say except what is written in this book.”  I now regret saying that for a variety of reasons that might become apparent if you have read my book, “Apparent Faith,” or heard me speak lately.  …

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In the previous blog, I started to talk about the fact that taking the Bible too literally could lead to problems in our interpretation.  I explained that examining how I feel about my children helps me understand how God must feel about His children.  I am certainly not God and I don’t tell Him how …

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As a young adult, I dreamed about all the things I would teach my children.  I vaguely remember preparing so that I could answer their questions and tell them that thing would make them look at me with wonder and amazement.  I thought, “all they have to say is ‘thanks dad, you’re the smartest dad …

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Most of the religious traditions I have been exposed to promote a literal view of Scripture. Most people in these traditions are quick to point out that a literal view is not a wooden view. Jesus doesn’t literally believe he is a door – it’s a metaphor. I agree, we certainly must account for figures …

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