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The Continuing Story of Ananias and Sapphira

Available in e-book format at Amazon, or read it here for FREE In the New Testament’s Book of Acts, a mere eleven verses tell the story of Ananias and Sapphira, two sadsack converts who were caught defying the rules of the first Christian community in Jerusalem and promptly “gave up the ghost.” Based on these … Continue reading

Passage from “The Last Tempation of Christ”

While I was writing The Camerado Chronicles  in the summer of 2004, I picked up The Last Temptation of Christ at a used book store, not knowing how deeply it would influence the rest of that project, nor the short story that would emerge directly from it. Here is the scene that inspired the writing … Continue reading

The Even Better News: An Avant-God Manifesto

“Just sit there right now Don’t do a thing Just rest.  For your separation from God, From love,  Is the hardest work In this World.  Let me bring you trays of food And something That you like to Drink.  You can use my soft words As a cushion For your Head. –Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky Note: this is a continuation of the introductory … Continue reading

Conversation with a Friend

“Why doesn’t God just reveal Himself to us already?! I’m so tired of answering to this faceless, invisible being that gives us no clear instructions.”   I hear you. Alas, there is no mirror large enough To reflect the entire universe at once. Where would we put it?   “Ack! Why must you speak in these … Continue reading

METATHEOLOGY: A World Beyond Belief

“I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even pure soul. Love has befriended Hafiz … Continue reading

A Prayer for the Sword-bearers (and a Message to the Defended)

I will start with three different viewpoints on the use of force to protect oneself and control others –three dramatically different perspectives that all seem to ring true. ARJUNA: Bhimsa and Drona are noble and ancient, worthy of the deepest reverence.  How can I greet them with arrows, in battle? If I kill them, how can … Continue reading

Man Seeking Deity

When I Was Saved

When I was saved, Jesus did not take me in His arms. He trampled me under His feet, a death befitting his greatest enemy.   When I was saved, Christ did not wash me clean with His blood. He smashed every bone of truth in my body– everything hard, rigid and brittle– until I ran … Continue reading

The Man in the Mirror

Why should I be concerned about my own salvation?   This is like a man who spends his life standing before a mirror, anguished, saying, “No, God, show me the real me. You’ve got it all backwards.”   My friend, turn away from the looking glass, and see the true, nameless Self. (I’ll give you a … Continue reading

Modern-day Pharisees

Modern-day scribes and Pharisees read the gospels and cheer– how odd.   Maybe they don’t realize they traded their crosses for robes when they claimed salvation as their exclusive property, when they wrote down their legalistic reasons why, and labeled all who dissent blasphemers.   Someone should warn them before they seize the Second Coming … Continue reading

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