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  1. Mendalla

    How do you see life?

    You hear things like "Life is a journey" all the time. And I think we all tend to see life in different ways. Some of us look forward to a destination or even a reward. Others relish the journey, with their eyes on the next waystation, not an endpoint. Some see life as just being, kind of...
  2. Mendalla

    If not for salvation, what sets Jesus apart?

    Here is the premise I have been meditating on: Absent the ideas of salvation and overcoming death as presented in the Resurrection, Jesus has nothing to offer over any other moral/spiritual teacher. IOW, Christianity needs those ideas to set it apart from other religious and philosophical...
  3. Mendalla


    Listening to a Liturgists podcast about the latest book from Michael Gungor, one of the hosts. Basically, it's him being interviewed by the other three hosts (there's a post about the podcast in the Favorite Podcasts thread in Pop & Chips that lists them). One of the first things they explore is...
  4. Mendalla

    What makes someone "religious"?

    We often refer to people as being "religious"? What does that mean to you? Has the meaning changed? Are you "religious"? The first image I come up with for "religious" in a person, and this is probably a generational thing, is people in their Sunday finery going to church week in and week out...
  5. Mendalla

    God is Alive, Magic is Afoot

    Okay, so I recently heard (finally) Buffy Sainte-Marie's setting of this famous passage from Leonard Cohen's novel Beautiful Losers. I love this piece of Cohen dearly and have even read it in church (UU) once or twice. God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot Sarah Perkins & Ian Jackson (scroll down to see...
  6. Mendalla

    Can one follow Christ and not be a "Christian"?

    Pondering on a recent post by @monk and it inspired this question. So, I know some people would not accept the second quote as being "Christian" but many others do call themselves "Christian" while believing precisely this. And I know there are some who hold even more orthodox ideas about...
  7. Mendalla

    The Journey or the destination? - Metaphors for life

    Life as a journey is a common metaphor in poetry, philosophy, spiritual discussion, and so on. Life certainly has that linear feel at times, with a starting point (birth) and and ending point (death). One of the issues that gets discussed about the journey of life is what matters most, the...