Got PTSD? If you have enough faith, if you truly believe, televangelist Kenneth Copeland asserts you can get over it, right now! The Bible tells you so. So... are you feeling better yet? No? You're not the only one.
Now reports are circulating that the scandal may well have multiple levels including claims that the "relationship" was with a nanny, lasted between six and 10 years, and likely began when she was in her late teens.
It took me years to understand the idea of God, a God that is not a thing or a being, but a formless, indefinable, imaginary but real energy that caused life and sustained it, as we witness it every moment of the day.
In the Bible, blessings and curses are not 'how-to' instructions. Instead, blessings and curses create a set of values, an ethos that shapes how people are to understand God, themselves, and the world.
What did I bring home? Mystical experiences in the desert renewed my sense of intimacy with the divine. In the solitude of early morning, red slivers of cloud intersecting the rising sun made me feel like God was baptizing me in dust.
In outlandish costumes, creating breathtaking works of art, building friendships we tried to express more completely who we genuinely are. Perhaps for a short time we could even see ourselves and others more clearly as children of God.
I am a moderate Republican, and am here to tell you, that neither I, nor the Republicans or the Americans gave permission to Ted Cruz to turn the nation upside down, we cannot break the rules and do what we please.
Don't like the shutdown? Send the bill to the evangelicals. People schooled to live in a make-believe magical facts-be-damned world took over the Republican Party. The Tea Party is the pro-life evangelical subculture reborn with a few libertarian nuts thrown in.
One need only follow a few ministers on social media to see that many who are preparing to preach on Sunday are working overtime to address this issue of the government shutdown with grace and dignity.
Every American must feel a sense of security, safety and freedom. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
How is it that 49 percent of Americans believe "Sikh" is a sect of Islam when it is in fact its own independent religion? And how is it that 79 percent of Americans cannot identify India as the geographic origin of the Sikh faith?