Patience and Her Sisters

I have an ancestor named Patience Bland. She was born in 1730 in Prince William County in the British colony of Virginia. She had ten children and died at the age of 50. The children’s names are mostly biblical in origin, including: John (one of Jesus’ disciples, plus named for his father), Caleb (one of […]


Everyone’s parents are giants. I think that’s why fairy tales and myths contain giants which must be avoided or befriended. Or defeated. We’re small, the giants are huge; they can kill us. (They can also help us.) When I was young, my parents – like everybody’s parents? – loomed, titanic, like the 100-foot-tall statue called […]

Interpreting Scripture, Part #738

I was about to graduate from high school and I liked studying about Jesus and the Bible and what I believed. I had heard of a “Parallel Bible” and I asked for one for Christmas or birthday. The Parallel Bible my mother Mary Ann gave me was published by a company called Zondervan. Zondervan is a […]

Be Ready

“Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.” – Grand Moff Tarkin, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 1977 “He’s on His way, man! Are you ready?” – Hippie Christian, 1974   My mainline Protestant childhood theology was never fear-based. Mostly it was that God is love, we are […]

I Rebel

“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.” – Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story “Give to The Emperor what belongs to The Emperor, and give to God what belongs to God.” – Jesus   Jesus was a peasant, living in the Roman Empire’s provinces of Palestine and Judea. He gathered a group […]