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Monday, March 4, 2013

Missing The World Around Us

But ask the animals what they think - let them teach you;
let the birds tell you what's going on.
Put your ear to the earth - learn the basics.
Listen - the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories.
Isn't it clear that they all know and agree
that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand"
(Job 12:7-9 Msg)

Are you missing the world around you?  Let's be honest, we all become so consumed with the busyness of our day we often miss the beauty and majesty of creation.  And I think that nature has something to teach us, something nature has always known.  But the first step is to relax enough to see.  To see who holds you in his hand.  

I hope you take it slow today, slow enough to learn from the birds or listen to the stories of the fish.  And a special thanks to the cardinal how sat in our apple tree and enjoyed the snowy morning, I enjoyed our time together.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Yes, I am a Pulpist.

So let it be known, I am a Pulpist.  I love OJ with pulp, the more the better, thick chewy pulp.  So, label me a "Proud American Pulpist"!  And now that I've admitted it I keep looking over my shoulder for Rat, the Guard Duck and Snuffles. 

I did not coin this label, we can give credit to Stephan Pastis author of Pearls Before Swine.  But the Pearls gang found a humorous way to raise a question I've been pondering for a while; " Must every issue in this country be divisive?"  I find it disheartening that we've come to a period in time where every opinion, belief and conviction places you into a labeled group or sub-group making you a compatriot or a an antagonist. 

It's destroying our political system; yes we have Republicans and Democrats  but now we have progressives on both sides (does that make your rival a "regressive"?), a Tea Party, a Green Party, moderates, conservatives, neocons etc.  We even have a "The Rent is Too Damn High Party" (look it up, it's true).

But it does not stop there?  Christian, Muslim, Jew, Atheist   Orthodox, conservative, moderate, liberal, reform, evangelical, heretic and charismatic (to name just a few).  Oh, don't forget the pharisees among us.  Pro-life, pro-choice, pro same-sex-marriage, pro traditional marriage.  Evolutionist or creationist, and creationists even segment themselves into sub-groups: gap creationism, progressive creationism or evolutionary creationism.  How about old earth or young earth.  Are there "middle earthers"?

It goes on and on.  But what is worse is how we use these labels to dismiss others and in some cases hurt them too.  I once was having a conversation with someone and very early into the conversation he asked what I thought about same-sex marriage.  Now this may not be such a strange question if we were discussing marriage, but we weren't.  We were talking about faith and belief systems.  So I asked him why that mattered, and he said "well, then I know what you believe".  So, you are going to make a judgement about my belief system, label me and then either accept me or dismiss me based on that question.  I told him it did not matter based on what we were talking about.  He said it did and because I did not answer I must be "a liberal-Christian or not even a true believer at all"...his tone indicated that I was really a heretic with leprosy.

I know that is a rather benign example, but I think it makes the point.  We have become such a divisive culture that we have lost the ability to listen to each other, to discuss real issues and find solutions or even get to know each other and appreciate the uniqueness of the world we live in.  It has come down to this win/loose paradigm, and quite frankly that is not only sad and counter productive, but dangerous too. 

So I guess what I am trying to say is we need to try to erase these labels and listen to each other.  Next time you find yourself labeling someone (and if you are honest, you will and very soon too) stop and listen to what they have to say, ask about what they mean, have a discussion without expressing your opinion until asked.  The world may be a better place for it and you might just learn something about yourself and someone else too.

That's just the take of a Proud American Pulpist!  What say you?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pigs Can Fly...well it might be possible, right?

Yes, Pigs can fly.  I've seen it. OK, I haven't seen it, but it might happen, right?  And that's what this blog is about.  No not pigs flying, but the possibility that they could, the possibility that set in our ways we don't see the world around us as it is, but as we have been told it is. The possibility that each of us may have something new to learn or share.  That people can change how they think, learn new things and see things from a new point of view, or at least I hope we all can.  

We all grow up with preconceived ideas, like and dislikes, things we were taught and have come to believe.  But if we are honest with ourselves there may be another way to look at something, a new idea or point of view.  A new recipe to cook and share.  A hobby to try.  Or a current issue to discuss, or even ask new questions about.  Maybe even a spiritual discussion to have.

Have you ever watched a child learn something new or encounter something they have never seen before?  They ask questions, they want to know what, why and how.  So what happens to us as we get older?  We all to often see things through jaded eyes, eyes that may not see the world with awe and wonder any longer.  Eyes that might never believe that pigs can fly.  And we may be convinced  that it is too late to recapture that child-like wonder.  Well I believe it isn't too late.

So welcome to Pigs Can Fly.  I hope that what I write will entertain and encourage.  I hope to learn from those who read and comment.  I what this to become a discussion, an exchange of ideas and views and most of all a place that we might see a pig fly.  Oh, and you'll be subjected to my dry sense of humor, my nature photos and weird observations. So let me know what you think, let's see if Pigs Can Fly!