Jesus in the Uncanny Valley

The uncanny valley In the worlds of robotics and 3D computer animation there is this amazing concept called The Uncanny Valley. The evolution of this concept started back in 1906 with Ernst Jentsch’s  “On the Psychology of the Uncanny” and was added to with Freud’s concept of Das Unheimliche (the opposite…

Why I Left the Left

I am a progressive Follower of Christ; I have no problem identifying myself as a Progressive Follower of Christ. I find comfort in the theology of grace, love and forgiveness. I feel safe when I think about a theology that supports the homeless, the poor, the disenfranchised, and the misfits…

storydwelling

Recently I was given the opportunity to receive and review Heather Lyn’s new CD, “Storydwelling.” Now, I have to start out with a little disclaimer; I normally do not review music CDs, so this is a new experience for me. I hope I get it right! Another thing I think…

Apples and Oranges

There are certain old sayings people say, that just make no sense to me. Things like “Save time” or “Spend time” or even “Waste time” as if time was something that could be saved, spent or wasted – If we could “save time” can we take it out of our…

death, grace and love

When Osama Bin Laden’s death was announced I, like so many people, had mixed emotions. On the one hand I was excited that a man who killed so many was now out of the picture.  Yet, on the other hand I was concerned that a human life was taken. But…

Chad, the UMC and Hell

A good friend of mine, Chad Holtz, was fired as the pastor of Marrow's Chapel United Methodist Church in North Carolina, a rural church in the UMC denomination.  Why was he let go?  Simply put, he posted on his Facebook page that he supported Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins.”…

Who am I?

Who am I? I have asked myself that very question many times over my life. Each time I ask, I usually come up with the same basic answer. What I find amazing is that many people ask me that very question, in many different ways. Not too long ago I…