Craig's Blog

There seems to be some confusion that I would like to clear up. The job of an ordained deacon, priest, bishop, and lay person is to follow Jesus. Jesus never said “don’t cuss.” Jesus hung out with fishermen. Fishermen cuss. Jesus did teach people to be nonviolent, to protect the oppressed, to lift up the…

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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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Among the many not so funny April Fools “news” stories circulating in Milwaukee today, two were especially telling. One said that the Mitchell Park Conservatory, something of a landmark that has been closed due to four hundred million dollars of deferred maintenance being needed, would be rebuilt with Lego blocks. It’s supposed to be funny,…

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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…

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In response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels yesterday, Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said he would increase police patrols in “Muslim neighborhoods” to stop radicalization. Confronted this morning on CBS news with the truth that there aren’t Muslim neighborhoods in America and forced to admit that he doesn’t even know how many Muslim people live in…

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There has always been a lot of misunderstanding about what a flag is. A flag is a symbol of something, quite often a country, though it could be a symbol of a movement or a governmental body smaller than a nation. In America, States have flags, sports teams have flags, cities and municipalities may have…

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In an excellent article on Religion Dispatches that can be found here, Patricia Miller asks about the forty years of abuse of boys in a Bavarian boys choir in a school lead by the now deceased Johann Meier. Both Ratzinger brothers had ecclesiastical supervision of the diocese containing the school, with the elder Ratzinger later heading…

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