“God Is My Hobby” Or, Salinger, Osteen, and Bonhoeffer Walk Into a Bar

Reformedish

osteenMy Franny and Zooey gleanings have been numerous. One fantastic paragraph comes in the middle of a conversation between Zooey and his mother Mrs. Glass with regards to his younger sister Franny. Mrs. Glass is worried over the apparent spiritual meltdown Franny’s having consisting of mumbling, crying, and losing appetite and sleep. After much badgering and antagonism, Zooey sets himself to enlighten his mother as to the problem with his sister and it’s connection to a little book she’s been carrying around with her. It’s a little book about the Jesus Prayer and the contemplative spiritual practice surrounding it, involving repeating the prayer “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me” over and over until it becomes a part of your heart, your breath, your very being.

The brilliant part comes in Zooey’s final response in this exchange:

Mrs. Glass took a deep drag on her cigarette, watching him, then crossed her…

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The Prodigal Prince: Richard Roberts and the Decline of the Oral Roberts Dynasty

A must read for all my friends & followers, et al.

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Kiera Feldman | This Land Press | September 2014 | 34 minutes (8,559 words)

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TBD

Just to let you guys know (all 2 or more that read this thing I call a blog):
I’m currently working on some new “midrashes” yet to come. I’ve almost finished one based on the dialogue between Pontius Pilate and Jesus, especially as written in the Gospel of John. Should be here soon. The others will draw from Old Testament events. I know you wait with bated breath (ha!).

Yes, doctors know what they’re talking about: Refuting a common anti-vaccine argument.

Violent metaphors

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I usually don’t respond to many comments on my blog, preferring instead to encourage conversation between readers. I also don’t typically close comments on any of my pieces, so conversations and reactions continue for a long time. Sometimes that takes the discussion in an interesting direction. I think that a few recent comments on my “Dear parents…” piece are worth highlighting, as they provide an excellent window into an ongoing discussion of a very common anti-vaccine argument.

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