“Brothers, have you found our King?” George MacDonald

George MacDonald 1824-1905

“Brothers, have you found our king? There he is, kissing little children and saying they are like God. There he is at table with the head of a fisherman lying on his bosom, and somewhat heavy at heart that even he, the beloved disciple, cannot yet understand him well. The simplest peasant who loves his children and his sheep were-no, not a truer, for the other is false, but-a true type of our God beside that monstrosity of a monarch.”

Macdonald, George. Unspoken Sermons Series I, II, and III (p. 6). Start Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.

Unspoken Sermons George MacDonald, Kindle Edition page 6

MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement as put forward by John Calvin which argues that Christ has taken the place of sinners and is punished by God in their place, believing that in turn it raised serious questions about the character and nature of God. Instead, he taught that Christ had come to save people from their sins, and not from a Divine penalty for their sins. The problem was not the need to appease a wrathful God but the disease of cosmic evil itself.

Who’s a “Sheeple,” Really? COVID-19, Conspiracy Rhetoric and Fear of Groupthink – Assertive Spirituality

This rhetorical analysis looks at the history and usage of the word sheeple to help understand how it has been used during the 2020 pandemic.

Source: Who’s a “Sheeple,” Really? COVID-19, Conspiracy Rhetoric and Fear of Groupthink – Assertive Spirituality

And The Fires We Talked About–by James Ross Kelly (shameless self promotion by owner of this site)

1dgpzwwg-front-shortedge-384Kelly’s stories are tough, real, honest, and always true. Unadorned by gimmick or artifice, the pieces in this collection—all framed between the imagined voices of that most primal couple, Adam and Eve—carry us deep into the heart of a wild American world that in many ways (and most definitely for a lot of younger people) sadly no longer exists. The human settings of these stories—bars, strip clubs, dingy apartments, goldmines, ranches, logging crews, homesteads, highways—are rich with details and textures that linger long after the closing sentences. Beyond those, however, there’s always a sense of something even larger and older surrounding the often small, sometimes strange, yet always compelling events his narrators are recounting. Sometimes this larger thing is the natural world—the oceans and forests, the plants and animals—always placing the events into their proper context. At other times, it’s the human interactions themselves that somehow seem to take on this greater, at times even mythic, weight and power. Reading these pieces, we recognize how the hungers and desires, the fears and hopes, the regrets and epiphanies of his people have all somehow entered our cultural DNA, and how—like them–it’s up to each of us to come to terms with all the beauty and terror that comes with being alive. —Dave Sims Editor RawArt Review

Source: And The Fires We Talked About

Nearly A Third Of Americans Believe Covid-19 Death Toll Conspiracy Theory

The number of Americans who believe the death toll is inflated is highest among those who get their news from Fox News (61%) and Republicans (59%), while only 9% of Democrats and 7% of those getting their news from CNN and MSNBC believe the same.

Source: Nearly A Third Of Americans Believe Covid-19 Death Toll Conspiracy Theory

No, Jesus Was Not Separated From The Father On The Cross | Keith Giles

On the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”From this single sentence, many bible teachers and pastors have theorized that it was in this moment that the Father looked away from Jesus – because of all of our sins being laid upon Jesus – and it was in this moment that Jesus experienced separation from the Father for the only time in all of eternity.As dramatic and poetically compelling that might be, the truth is simply this: The Bible nowhere supports this theory.

Source: No, Jesus Was Not Separated From The Father On The Cross | Keith Giles

Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Christian History | Christianity Today

“Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

Source: Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Christian History | Christianity Today

How To Know When America Becomes A Fascist State | Keith Giles

As the American Empire begins its slow decline, here’s a handy checklist to help you determine when you are officially living in a Fascist State: Does your […]

Source: How To Know When America Becomes A Fascist State | Keith Giles