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It seems to me that one of the consequences of the decline of institutional religion in America – and it’s also a cause of that decline, by the way – is that we have created a spiritual care vacuum. Mind you, I’m not talking about religious education. I am talking about spiritual care. To look…

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When I was younger, much younger, I didn’t have the courage or confidence to take responsibility for what I wanted and needed. The result was that I became a master manipulator. If I didn’t feel a relationship was serving me, whether a friendship or a romantic relationship, I didn’t have the courage to just tell…

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It has to be said, and some of my friends will be offended by it – but that makes it no less true. What passes for Christianity in America today is the nothing more than a combination of hucksters, crooks, and the biblically semi-literate; from so-called faith healers, to televangelists, to prosperity gospel preaching thieves,…

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Never listen to anybody who tries to tell you what you should and shouldn’t read, watch, or think about. Why? The truth is that people who try to control what others read, watch, or think about are trying to turn them into sheep who follow their every command by so limiting their intake of knowledge…

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We need to take a long, hard look at history and learn from it. Every totalitarian regime has come to power by devaluing and removing funding from the arts; devaluing and cutting aid to the poor, the disabled, and the elderly; devaluing higher education and favoring so-called “workforce development,” which is really nothing more than…

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I was watching a video clip of a woman who impersonates female singers the other day when it hit me: I didn’t know who all of those people were! Oh, sure, I know who Adele and Kelly Clarkson are, and Celine “Throw Me A Sammich” Dion and Babs Streisand were easy, but after that it…

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Another season of The Biggest Loser began last night. My wife and I have watched the show together since it began and watched it acquire a level of fanaticism that it didn’t have when it first started. The first year the show featured morbidly obese adults with significant health problems related to their obesity. It…

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