"Let the Spirit do what the Spirit will. And while you're at it, relinquish the need to label everything "Christian" or "not Christian." Be a Christian. People can figure the rest out. It's a noun, after all.
In the sense that I believe in God, I am religious. However, I empathize with skeptics who, once they hear a believer begin with a phrase like "God's love" or "religious truth," dismiss the claims on history that often follow.
Afterwards, I sit onstage and ask, "How did you really feel?" It's not called a "talkback" for nothing. Suddenly, hearing their opinions isn't as much fun, especially for someone used to being the boss.
Have you found yourself in a valley pursuing another elusive dream? It overwhelms me to consider how deep one man can go, when the world around us says, "Give up, quit, stop digging; there is no way this will ever come true."
When religious belief drives public policy we might not be far from a declaration that "God wants a 10% corporate tax rate." And really, who can question that any more than whether Mitt wears Mormon "magic" underwear. It's a matter of faith.
Each time I land in America it's as if a gate to the new world opens. God and angels have told me that America is the gateway to humanity's future. It is where the choices that will determine mankind's future will be made.
Sometimes it is very hard to have faith. The wounded part of ourselves is always devoted to controlling the outcome of things, so when things do not turn out the way we expected, we tend to feel abandoned by God.
In the post-9-11 era, one has been able to interchange the words "Christian," "conservative," "religious," "right," and "Republican" in one sentence without necessarily changing the meaning of the sentence.
What is it about women that the men of deeply conservative religions find so threatening? What runs so deep that it justifies traumatizing an innocent eight-year-old like Naama Margolese in Beit Shemesh?
While a Brazilian God would fit in fine and be welcomed in the more tolerant coastal and urban enclaves of the U.S., it will surely be problematic in the more reactionary fundamentalist areas of the country.
Hans Willmore is the lead scientific investigator at Oslo's Neuroconnectivity Institute, where the studies comparing a subject's ability to explain LinkedIn with his or her ability to break down the complexities of an apparently indifferent universe began.