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LGBTs, Atheists, and Theists December 19, 2013

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Christianity, Friends, hate speech, LGBT, Morality, Relationships, Theology.
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Anyone who spends more than a few minutes around me will soon recognize that I have a WIDE circle of friends. Although registered Republican (Democrat curious), I am good friends with many who claim the label “Liberal.” I’m simultaneously friends with many who consider themselves strongly “Conservative.”

I have friends who are (like me) theists, ranging from the theologically liberal to the most ardent conservative, and friends who are atheists (and Atheists). I am friends with several people who have come out as lesbian or gay, countless others whose family members fall under the LGBT umbrella, and I’m friends with a lot of people who are straight (like me).

Lately, I’ve found myself hearing parallel comments that I’ve found fascinating.

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Our Schools Don’t Have a (mandated) Prayer, and I’m Glad December 16, 2012

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Christianity, Church, Family, Parenting/Children, Religion, Theology.
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I don’t want a return to mandated prayer in schools. I have no idea what the theology of a random teacher might (or might not) be. I trust the instruction of theology to people who are trained to do so.

I don’t want the 10 Commandments posted in schools or other buildings paid for with tax dollars. My country was founded on more than this, and to suggest otherwise diminishes the genius of the Founding Fathers.

My sons never knew mandated school prayer. My sons don’t remember ever seeing the 10 Commandments posted in their school. The absence of these things did not diminish the presence of God in their lives at school.

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Just like that… January 14, 2012

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Family, Laughter, Love, Parenting/Children, Relationships, Theology.
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We sat down at lunch, as we have at various times over the past five weeks, and he carefully managed the potential disaster-in-the-making known as a Qdoba Chicken Queso Burrito (with Tortilla Soup poured onto the rice). As he somehow avoided spilling a single grain of rice, we laughed at the little children around us (both of us tend to be magnets for kids, as we happily engage them in goofy faces and childish play), and we talked.

We discussed a wide range of topics. Last night, while shopping, we’d discussed the design of intake systems for performance cars (the merits of hood scoops versus cold-air intakes). Today we talked of Facebook, parent-child relationships, and sexuality. In other words, just another typical conversation with one of my sons.

In the middle of his junior year of college and with his older brother married and living 90 miles East of us, you would think that I would be accustomed to my younger son being four hours-away. You would think that him being home for several weeks over the Christmas break wouldn’t create an intense sense of loss as I watched him drive away today. You would think I’d have seen this coming.

You would be wrong.

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Arrr… That be YOU Talkin’ Like a Pirate? September 19, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Family, Humor, pirate day, Religion, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Theology.
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When is it really you talking?

Drive Time 2 September 9, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Christianity, Driving, Religion, Theology, Vacation.
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Who shows us the “hidden secrets” of life?