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When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you! Bear my peace within yourselves! Beware that no one lead you astray saying 'Look over here!' Or 'Look over there!' For the Child of Humanity is within you! Follow it! Those who seek it will find it. Go then and proclaim the good news of the realm. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I determined for you, nor give a law like the lawgiver,. lest you be confined by it." When he had said this, he departed.

Pinned toot

I'm Steve. I'm something of a spiritual nomad. I belong to an interdenominational church (UCC, Disciples, UMC, and PC). I'm also a member of the Soka Gakkai International. I've also been influenced by Paganism and Hinduism, so I'm all over the place. "Double-belonging" doesn't quite capture it for me.

I enjoy non-canonical scripture, as well as reading scripture from all sorts of different traditions.

I'm glad to be here.

Uspol, hot take 

I do not pray for the health and recovery of fascist leaders.

I pray that they die quickly and God may have mercy on their souls.

- The Gospel of Mary, Chapter 4. taken from A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. Edited with Commentary by Hal Taussig.

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When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you! Bear my peace within yourselves! Beware that no one lead you astray saying 'Look over here!' Or 'Look over there!' For the Child of Humanity is within you! Follow it! Those who seek it will find it. Go then and proclaim the good news of the realm. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I determined for you, nor give a law like the lawgiver,. lest you be confined by it." When he had said this, he departed.

Backyard selfie, ec 

It's a beautiful day and I've cleared some of the overgrowth in back of my house and created a space to just sit and be.

Gonna do the zoom church thing today.

Also need to think about how to promote myself as an itinerant preacher now that we're in the age of virtual church.

From "Zen Speaks" by Tsai Chih Chung (author & artist), translated by Brian Bruya (1994).

:jrbd: ☸️ 🔥 🚪 ☁️ 🚪

Garden pics 

No tomatoes yet. Might have transplanted them a bit late but I still have hope they'll beat fruit. The peppers are coming along nicely.

God may be eternal and unchanging, but that doesn't mean our theology should not grow and evolve.

Every year I've thought to myself, I should do a unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). This year I'm thinking to myself, what would that even look like during a pandemic?

Browsing ebooks and realizing I've somehow broken Amazon's algorithm by having both Christian (sometimes conservative) books, Marxist and anarchist books, and other leftist books in my library.

And so it's now recommending me right-wing nonsense.

Related: using Christianity to defend capitalism is idolatrous and antithetical to the Gospel.

Zoom church today, and it's a communion Sunday, and I have no juice. So I was debating between using rice wine or mountain dew. xD

Stop using "He" pronouns for God challenge 2020

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