The Love That Jesus Taught

Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 14, 2020 • 36 Comments

If I loved you, Time and again I would try to say All I’d want you to know. If I loved you, Words wouldn’t come in an easy way. Round in circles I’d go! – Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), from the musical “Carousel” (1945) The harder we work to ever better understand the Gospel teachings... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part V)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 07, 2020 • 54 Comments

Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth… When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have set in place; What is man that You think of him, And a son of man that You are concerned about him? Yet You have... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part IV)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 31, 2020 • 36 Comments

God has not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God has not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. – Annie J. Flint (1866-1932), from “What God Has Promised” (before 1902) Jesus was not the first divine messenger who told us what God actually wants. Nor was He... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part III)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 24, 2020 • 55 Comments

All hail the power of Jesus’s Name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all! – Edward Perronet (1726 – 1792), from “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name” (1779) For most of my life I saw Jesus as one of the founders of Christianity. The religion carries... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part II)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 17, 2020 • 26 Comments

Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven… – Jesus, from The Lord’s Prayer (MT 6:9-10) All of human history can be broken into just three stages. There are many criteria we might use to carve up humanity’s time... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part I)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 10, 2020 • 51 Comments

“[Creeds] have been the bane and ruin of the Christian church, its own fatal invention, which, through so many ages, made of Christendom a slaughterhouse, and at this day divides it into castes of inextinguishable hatred to one another.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from his letter to Thomas Whittemore, June 5, 1822 The most important... Read More

Thomas as a Spirit Guide

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 03, 2020 • 62 Comments

“Of publishing a book on religion, my dear sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. Of these there must be, at least, ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all wrong but his own.”... Read More

Thomas Jefferson After Death

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 26, 2020 • 47 Comments

“I was in an atmosphere of beauty, countryside, scenery which was magnificent. I remember seeing various relations and friends who all seemed terribly, truly excited to see me, all crowding around me, welcoming me, showing me around.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from his Leslie Flint interview (1960) Soon after he ceased incarnating, the being who... Read More

Thomas Jefferson on Jesus

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 19, 2020 • 52 Comments

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from Notes on the... Read More

Sermon on the Plain

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 12, 2020 • 27 Comments

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.  – Civilla D. Martin (1866-1948), from “His Eye is on the... Read More