In my Buddhist past A gecko jammin' Woodstock Jimi's purple haze I know that this haiku is somewhat random, but I get that way sometimes. I saw a cartoon meme on Facebook this morning that made me think of this outlandish poem. I was starting my second year in high school when I heard that … Continue reading Haiku #7: Dreams of Purple
Haiku #6: Mystical Eucharist
Water into wine Jesus' magical juice Bloody, bloody wine Turning water into wine at the Cana wedding is my favorite miracle. My second would be if he could turn water into an excellent dark-roasted coffee with a rich, bold flavor with deep notes of chocolate, caramel, and/or smokiness. One can only dream. The Gospel of … Continue reading Haiku #6: Mystical Eucharist
AI Says NO to Book Banning
I’ve been playing around a lot with ChatGPT over coffee this morning. It’s the newest craze in Artificial Intelligence. If you want to know more about ChatGPT, go here to watch a YouTube video. One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-30. If you remember, this passage is … Continue reading AI Says NO to Book Banning
Google and ChatGPT Didn’t Know, Either!
A thought struck me as I was having coffee at Starbucks this morning. It's raining, and I love rainy days. But that wasn't what struck me. I wondered if raindrops could baptize one! Sounds crazy, doesn't it. If you're Christian and reading this, how were you baptized? I was a Methodist when I was baptized … Continue reading Google and ChatGPT Didn’t Know, Either!
Haiku #5: Dolphin Bay
This past week, my wife and I joined a small group of retreaters in Panama. More specifically, it was at Dolphin Blue Paradise on Isla San Cristobal. We had the perfect view of Dolphin Bay from our cabana, home to about 80 bottlenose dolphins. If you look out into the bay for a period, they … Continue reading Haiku #5: Dolphin Bay
If I Died Today
Got up earlier than usual this morning, but with coffee in hand, I’m ready for the day. And then I remembered a text I received about 10:00 last night. It was from a dear friend who wrote to tell me that she has been battling cancer - and it’s coming to an end. She will … Continue reading If I Died Today
Haiku #4: The Extinction of Man
Man's progress will Soon cause its own extinction The circle of life Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales Man can do … Continue reading Haiku #4: The Extinction of Man
War Is Over! If You Want It
I’m thinking about John Lennon and Ukraine over coffee this morning. “What in the world is he thinking about,” you’re probably saying right now? John Lennon (and Yoko) wrote a song called, So This Is Christmas. “So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun…” As … Continue reading War Is Over! If You Want It
The Weirdest Sermon I’ve Ever Heard
God and I had a good laugh this morning over coffee. I told him about a sermon I heard the other day from a pastor who believes in Santa Claus! Yep. Pastor was comparing Santa's omniscience (knowing everything) with Jesus'. To make his point, he used the song, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town as … Continue reading The Weirdest Sermon I’ve Ever Heard
Losing My Religion
I once believed in my religion. My religion had many laws… Commanded by God himself. All chiseled into stone by His own hand. My religion said I only needed to Believe. But Jesus said that we must love our enemies, And to treat others how we would like to be treated. … Continue reading Losing My Religion
Haiku #3: The Boys of Bethlehem
Christmas is about Fancy trees and children's toys Not dead baby boys [See More Haiku at HaikuFromHell website.] I know that this is kind of a morbid question, but why do we not include the killing of the baby boys in the Christmas Pageant? Wouldn't it be more exciting and dramatic to include all parts … Continue reading Haiku #3: The Boys of Bethlehem
Ahhhh, It’s Christmastime Again!
While having my early morning coffee, two Christmas stories came to mind. Here’s a little something for you to investigate before Christmas. Don’t be shy! Get out those Bibles and do some reading! Don’t trust what I have to say! Ha! Christmas is one of the most celebrated events in Christianity and throughout the world. … Continue reading Ahhhh, It’s Christmastime Again!
Haiku #2: Innocense Ignored
Asleep in my arms I placed him gently, wiping Frost from his casket [See More Haiku at HaikuFromHell website.] You can Google why prayers go unanswered and get vast lists of why God may not have answered your prayer. But doesn’t he have to go against his Word if he doesn’t answer our prayers? Should one go … Continue reading Haiku #2: Innocense Ignored
Haiku #1: God’s Guessing Games
Why make me wonder You can make it so simple For me to believe [See More Haiku at HaikuFromHell website.] God made it simple for the Apostle Thomas. When Jesus died on the cross, Thomas still doubted and said, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in … Continue reading Haiku #1: God’s Guessing Games
Is America Losing Its Religion?
My Italian-roasted coffee is heavenly this morning. That’s not a word I ever use to describe my coffee, but for some odd reason, that’s what came to mind. I started reading a book by the late Marcus J. Borg, who is sometimes described as a Jesus scholar. His book, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a … Continue reading Is America Losing Its Religion?