By Phil Wyman The following is not meant to persuade anyone’s choice in the upcoming Presidential election. Rather, these are personal observations and feelings about this year’s Presidential election cycle. They represent my own thoughts, and a growing number of people I have been meeting along the way. There are some of us, who truly … More The Case for Not Voting
“God sets the solitary in families.” (Psalm 68:6) The first part of this post highlighted feelings about a place, which feels to me, “more like home than home itself.” This has application to a plethora of dynamics about the Christian life, and mission. It’s obvious connection to me late last night was my thoughts on … More A Wales’ Win, and Thoughts on Adoption and Mission (Part 2)
The book Burning Religion is a study in the spaces between people in disagreement, between political and national views, between church and secular life, and even between nations. The rise of Donald Trump’s run for the Presidency, and last week’s successful “leave” Brexit vote in Britain highlights the issue of the spaces and the boundaries between … More Brexit, Trump, Fences and Neighbors
“The attachment to pornography creates the threat of slavery in two directions. The objectification of women through the obscene narratives of them as sex toys, objects of abuse and slaves is one tormenting and twisted half of the story. Yet the paper and pixel ladies stare back, and traumatize the viewer in return. They call … More The Dual Enslavement of Pornography
“Humanity is objectified by the objects it objectifies. We are abused by the systems and the people we abuse. They become ghosts haunting us. They become the demons of our tortured nights.” – Burning Religion pg. 70 In Man’s Search for Meaning,[i] neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl begins his story of imprisonment in the Nazi … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 3)
We are enamored with strength, fame, and money. We have given these things nearly messianic attributes. It appears we think that they will save us, or so, that is how it looks this voting season. But, I believe our votes have the potential to betray us. The Strengths Movement looks back to Peter Drucker’s books … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 2)
The 2016 Presidential campaign is making fools out of the American people. The world is both laughing and/or incredulously horrified at what they are seeing. Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin suggested that other people knew us better than we know ourselves. This is certainly not true in every respect, but when people watch our actions, we … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 1)
“The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!” Donald Trump – Christmas Day Tweet I am weighing into this topic about Pope Francis and Trump six days after it blew up – rather late considering the pace of the news, but then … More Trump, You’ve been Poped! – evaluating the exchanges between them
My wonderful friend Ian Lynch from Darkwood Brew captured me thinking about nothing. This is good timing to relive this moment. Today there was a conference call about Wild Goose Festival planning. Simultaneously, I am planning for going back to Wales this coming May-June, and the philosophy festival I mention in this short interview is … More I Think About Nothing, and God
My friend Russ Jennings, who I know from the Wild Goose Festival has this wonderful podcast called Love in Dangerous Time. I would just wanna be part of it for the name alone, but Russ being the captain at the helm makes it even better. So, seeing that I am all about Love in Dangerous … More Interview with Love in Dangerous Time
A cultured individual does not talk about certain things in public. Well, not at least in cultured settings, but the taboos of discussion have expanded far beyond the realms of the cultured, and are now coffeehouse, and pub taboos as well, unless of course, one is willing to tacitly agree with the most disagreeable things. … More Trump, Wasserman and Taboo Talk as Social Justice
Last night was our Pub Theology discussion. Before the meeting happened, I proposed the following topic: “Argue and have a pint. Looking for people who can tell us the benefits of the capitalistic binge party that Christmas has become. Or, you can argue against that, or you can say that I have defined some false … More The Benefits of Consumerist Christmas
There is a movement today not unlike the “Death of God” theology of the late 50’s early 60’s. One theologian would suggest that what needed to die was our perspectives on God, and another would suggest that we simply came to a place where the idea of God was no longer needed in a modern/post-modern … More Burn Religion this coming year!
“Open thine arms and receive, too, thy son Don Quixote, who, if he comes vanquished by the arm of another, comes victor over himself, which, as he himself has told me, is the greatest victory anyone can desire.” – Sancho Panza, squire to Don Quixote Don Quixote’s name entered English vocabulary as an eponymous adjective in … More We Are Don Quixote: belief and madness
My friend Steve is the researcher in Post-Christian Culture for the Anglican Church. He studies the cultural dynamics of religion in the UK, and develops resources for Christians to engage an ever-developing post-Christian society. The US is following these same momentous, changing dynamics as Europe. This is not to say that Christianity is not the … More A Post-Islamic World: Is it coming in a not too distant future?