Radicalized Christians

We need to start having honest discussions in America about the truth that there are radicalized Christians living here. One example would be the so-called Dominionists, who believe that humanity must exercise dominion over (i.e., have blatant disregard for)  the planet in order for Christ to come again. It’s fine to believe that nonsense if…

Real Men

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…

Manipulation

Manipulation never has a positive impact on any kind of relationship. Be truthful and forthcoming and let the chips fall where they may. People always have the right to choose whether to meet your requests and needs or to take a pass. Manipulating them into doing so is a temporary fix at best that always…

Trust Your Gut

We all need to learn to trust our gut. Perhaps I need to learn it most of all. As the world of spirituality increases, one of the problems is that there isn’t any central body that licenses or otherwise acknowledges teachers. That means there isn’t a central body that can discipline them, either. Of course,…

The Problem with “Exaggeration”

Information continues to “leak” from the investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. One thing is certain: some people are lying, and we don’t know who it is. In fact, we may never be absolutely certain about who is lying. In the end, though, the problem is that some people seem to…

Role Models

The recent flurry of publicity around criminal behavior of athletes, from domestic violence to sexual assault and from college to professional, brings the issue of role models front and center once again. While there is nothing wrong with making a lot of money, that ability alone doesn’t constitute a person worthy of imitation. More important…