ALS is not imaginary​ — but what about the Christmas story?

CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR  was my sixth since ALS decided to wage war against my body. Although it is winning slowly but surely on the physical front, it has already lost the war on the mental and spiritual fronts. When I die physically there will be a brief hiatus ("heaven" it is named), and then the …

There’s no there, there

Whoa! That was a close one! Just as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with help from Robert Muller, have reportedly been heard humming under their breath about the fictitious Trump dossier, "There's no there, there," so, too, with Hurricane Irma and the Gulf Coast of Florida, where I live. Hurricanes are scary! I remember one that …

From barn to house–Bag Balm’s the answer

About six weeks ago I began to experience strong bouts of nausea after each meal. I first began to use a feeding tube two years ago, after 20 oz smoothies--which I drank three times daily--lost their appeal. And I was losing weight in the process. When the nutritionist at the ALS clinic determined that I …

Life after death, or life after life after life?

No, I did not repeat "life after life" in this post's title by mistake. Let me explain. N.T. Wright has stirred up supporters and critics in his rethinking major Christian theological doctrines. Justification. Atonement. Predestination. Inerrancy. His "Reinterpretation" of the Apostle Paul and Pauline theology. His defining the "real purpose" for Christ's death. His daring …

You’ve got a friend

Thanks for friends! While in seminary I did a chaplain internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta and was assigned to the cancer ward.  Part of my required reading was the 1969 epic On Death and Dying, written by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, [1926–2004].  Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, and co-founder of the world-wide hospice movement. It was …