The Sunday Supplement: God in the Jazz Club

I’m a great fan of Paul Simon, and have been for the past 40 years. One of his most recent songs is “Wristband”. It’s about a performer (I like to think in a jazz club) who “stepped outside the backstage door, to breathe some nicotine, and maybe check my mailbox,” when the stage door slams shuts behind him. He has no option but to go around the front of the jazz club to get back in … but he doesn’t have a wristband. So he can’t. As the bouncer tells him: “If you don’t have a wristband, my man, You don’t get through the door.”

This used to sum up my view of God for many years of my life.

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(Re)discovering Marcus Borg

I first came across the writings of Marcus J. Borg, the American New Testament scholar, theologian and author, a few years ago. I thought his books looked interesting and ordered one from Amazon. It was entitled “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking The Bible Seriously But Not Literally”. This was a subject I was interested in, as I was attending a church where the Bible was considered 100% literally the Word of God. I thought there must be another approach to reading the Bible.

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Ah Sweet Mystery of Life

We live in a world of abundant knowledge. And if there’s something we don’t know, we can simply run a question through Google and we will find someone somewhere who has an answer – even if it isn’t the correct one. But sometimes, when I am walking in nature, I will come face to face with an experience that makes me realize that we don’t know everything; that much of life is still a mystery.

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