Category Archives: Jesus

did Jesus visit my UU church


Like most churches, my congregation has potlucks. Almost every event we organize is intertwined with a potluck. We’re lucky we have a number of members who like to cook and as one of the resident bachelors in the crowd, I get to reap the benefits of some awesome home cooked meals when this happens.

So a few weeks ago we had one. There were quite few people there and a bunch of little kids running around like little maniacs… you know, doing their job as kids. We had music going, good conversation, good food and good fellowship.

Well being a small congregation, you know immediately when someone walks in and is a stranger. Alex, had been riding his bike around in our parking lot for several minutes as he scoped us out to see if we were friend or foe, while a couple of the fellas burned up burgers and dogs on a little hibachi.

He timidly and somewhat ashamedly accepted an invitation to come inside and eat with us. You see Alex is homeless. He looks to be in his late 20s and he has apparently made some bad choices that have him in his current situation. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Sometimes when you’re eating a shit sandwich it’s because you ordered it.”

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On Good Friday, a different view of Judas Iscariot


How appropriate that I finish reading “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed” by Bart D. Ehrman near the holiest of all times in the year for Christians. I didn’t intend for it to happen that way it just kind of did. Appropriate because it discusses a lost gospel that was written about the very person who helped Jewish leaders send Jesus to the Romans to be crucified.

In the book, Ehrman, discusses the events that led up to him being part of team analyzing the Coptic writing on the fragile papyrus. He discusses the canonical gospels. What is in them in regards to Jesus. What is left out of one but not in another. The differences and conflicts within them and how they compare to this manuscript about Judas.

It’s a fascinating read and ultimately Ehrman lays down why he feels the manuscript is important. Despite it being quite a bit younger Continue reading

Living a Christ-like life


My dad is currently single. My stepmom has been out of town since Valentine’s Day and gets back today. So for the past few days my dad has been gorging himself on Heath bite size candy bars, the golf channel, queso dip and Bush lite beer. This is rather detrimental to his health because of diabetes so the stepmom needs to get back quick.

So last night he tells me to go have dinner with him. “C’mon… I’m your dad. Go have some beers with me. Hey… it’s not every day I’m single and get to do this.”

Basically i get guilted into going. It’s like having a Jewish mom who sounds like a man with a Mexican accent talk you into doing something you know you should do but don’t really want to. Continue reading

Jesus loves me this I know…


You don’t really see this much anymore… at least I don’t.

People placing with wreckless abandon, bumper stickers of places they’ve been, bands they’ve seen, funny sayings… so I thought I’d show what one young lady here in Houston, Texas has adorned her truck with.

I thought this would be a good one to start off with. Continue reading

there goes the bride


I have a friend who is getting married. Married to someone she met four months ago. I’ve had a crush on said friend (maybe, crush is too light of a word… loved this friend of mine for three years.) Anyway, I’ve known, pretty much from the beginning, it would never evolve into anything more than a friendship because of our differing views on spirituality.

I never told her how I felt about her for fear of losing a friend but about two months ago I thought, “what the heck” and I sent her a text message one night that said, “Dare You To Move is on the radio. Reminds me of the concert we went to. Wish you had picked me.” I haven’t heard from her since.
So a few days ago I e-mailed her asking how the wedding plans were coming along, had she settled on a date, did she find a place yet and did she still want me to take the pictures.

Her lack of detail leads me to believe my services are no longer required that I am not invited and that perhaps I have lost a friend.

Yes the big day is coming soon, John and I are getting married Nov 30th and will be on our honeymoon the following week.

You and I have been friends for a long time. So when I got your text message a few weeks ago, it brought up some sad feelings. There was a time that I considered being more than friends with you. I wanted it actually. I wanted to be with you. But I denied the temptation because of my beliefs. The Bible specifically says not to be yoked with someone who is not a believer. So I prayed for you to accept and believe that Jesus is Lord and that He died for your sins. I hoped you would believe. I still do hope for that – even though it is too late for you and me.

Sometimes not saying anything for fear of losing someone is the dumbest thing you can do. It’s hard being a UU sometimes. It’s hard knowing others don’t view you as worthy. “I am human and I need to be loved.”

WARNING: self induced depression-type, pathetically needy, 80s angst, momma-didn’t-hug-me-enough, pre-emo, emo song coming up.

why you gotta be hatin’!


I had lunch the other day with my dad and as pursuant to his M.O. he moved the conversation towards religion.

His spiritual path has seen him walking as a young man almost entering the priesthood, to evolving into a rabid atheist, to finding religion again and becoming an equally rabid religious legalist.

He asked me if I’ve found out any more about the UU Ad Campaign. (which by the way it is my opinion whoever thought up that lame ass campaign should be fired, shot or both. If anyone from the UUA reads this you might want to go check and see if the person who thought this shit up even has a marketing degree.)

But I digress. Apparently the adverts are being seen. As we talked about it a little, he made a condescending remark, kind of imitating the voice of a whiny child saying the next thing you know you will have homosexuals coming to your church because “they don’t want to be told what to do. And, ‘I can do whatever I want’.” Sounds like what a religious legalist would say right.

To which I responded, “actually that is something that we pride ourselves, in that we are accepting of everyone. Our history of universalism tells us that we believe in universal salvation. People are too good for God to condemn and my congregation actually does have some homosexual couples who are members.”

“What?!? You have homosexuals in your church?”

It confounds him, as if he just heard some scientist say we’re on the brink of technology that can allow us to heat food in a box in only seconds… “we call it a microwave.”

“WHAT! It can’t be. There’s just no way. Heat food in seconds? Homosexuals allowed in church?”

You know… I would think if there was something so important for us mere mortals to concern ourselves with such as what grown consenting adults do in their bedroom, certainly Jesus of Nazareth would have said something about it. Anything!  Something!  At least, “don’t do that.”

But he didn’t.   Jesus never directly said anything about homosexuality and there are only six places where it is mentioned in the Bible.

We ought to try and expend more of our energy on trying to treat each other with a little goodwill rather than slinging hash about what we do in the bedroom.

[Deist thinks of Seinfeld episode The Outing and giggles to himself, “hee hee hee… classic. “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Bwaah haa ha!!! ]

three good rules


I used to be on a speaker’s circuit. yes, believe it or not, i was paid and requested to speak to audiences.

When I was in the military, I was the mouthpiece for the command and would advise the C.O. on matters public affairs. I would periodically be asked to represent my command and speak on a subject appropriate to the event. Some memorable ones are noted below.

Sweeny Elementary the day before the Mosquito Festival. Sweeny, Tx pop: 3,624
The Sisters of Mercy Hospital on Veterans Day. Houston, Tx approx 23 people in attendance.
Spring Branch Elementary in Houston for Career Day. This was a big one. Grades K-5th. Of course all they wanted to know was if I ever shot anyone.

I remember my 7th grade English teacher responded to the question “how long should our report be?” by saying, “It should be as long as a girls dress… Long enough to cover everything but short enough to be interesting.” It was one of the most profound things i think i learned in junior high other than learning my civics teacher (who I had a huge crush on) drank beer. This I learned when I walked into a Charlie’s Hamburger joint and saw her there with friends. I was mortified as was she. But I digress.

So I used to apply the “girls dress” concept to speaking engagements. However I always left enough time to end with these three rules, that I called “The Sergeant’s Rules to Live By.”

If it’s not yours… don’t touch it without asking.
If it’s smaller than your elbow… don’t put it in your ear.
And if it isn’t food or medicine… it probably shouldn’t go in your mouth.

I’m gonna send a letter to the Pope or somebody in charge and see if we can add these somewhere in The Good Book. I mean c’mon… these are good rules to live by. Besides it’s been done before. I’m reading a book that says so. It’s called “Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why”. So if it’s been done before why can’t we add a few more good rules. We should probably add something about keeping with good oral hygiene as well. Just makes sense.

[Deist reaches for the dental floss]