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How do I love my Trumpagelical enemy? A  progressive Christian’s discussion with his own conscience

How do I love my Trumpagelical enemy? A progressive Christian’s discussion with his own conscience

So this morning my conscience sez to me… In our struggles against Trumpagelicalism, let’s pause a sec. You feel betrayal, yes. You feel wounded. You, at your best, feel anger and even rage at what is being done to your immigrant, POC, poor, and other neighbors by Trumpagelicals. You’re dismayed continually at the corporate takeover of science and environment by […]

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The Central Reality of Emotion in Defining Meaning: We Shy Away, Embarrassed

The Central Reality of Emotion in Defining Meaning: We Shy Away, Embarrassed

An Uprush of Emotion is usually the way I (and I suspect you?) identify meaning. Good or bad. Admitting this may be both difficult and more ambiguous an admission than it appears. An Evangelical such as John Piper might negatively (and emotionally) assign emotion/meaning linkages to his term “effeminacy,” a fascinating reality distortion in both its anti-womanist and self-blinding qualities. […]

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What does Community Mean to You?

What does Community Mean to You?

“What does community mean to you?” A self-inquiry by Jon Trott, offered as a message at JPUSA Church 04/23/2018 What does community mean to you? Every one of us has our own list of answers to this question. Not all of those answers are “spiritual” sounding. Not all of us agree on even the questions. But still… what does community […]

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BlueChristian RESIST video: “Heaven Hears the Heart that Breaks” by Steve Scott

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Divorce (old Cornerstone mag article)

Cornerstone Archives, Issue #55]   Divorce by Jon Trott   Despite reflection and prayer, an oppressive feeling had slowly settled over me. “I wonder‑what’s wrong?.” I asked a fellow Cornerstone writer. Under questioning, the realization of the oppression I’d been feeling became evident. A series of divorces among men and women I’d felt a kinship with, namely contemporary Christian musicians, […]

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Voting: Politics is Ugly… and So Is Life

Voting: Politics is Ugly… and So Is Life

Voting in my hometown Chicago can be fascinating, infuriating, or both. I’ve seen it from more angles than most folks, having served as an election judge (many times), poll-watcher, and “get out the votes” activist (many, many times!). Voting is ugly. This is the truth of it. From the moment you register as a voter, you will discover this. Campaign […]

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A Conversation with Death

A Conversation with Death

I’ve always hated you. I first learned about you in books, crying in quiet horror as your servants’ hands took Anne Frank away to meet you and end her beautiful words, or Kafka’s victim stood in the rock quarry looking up at a figure in a window as others’ hands plunged a blade into his chest. I saw you in […]

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My Friend, My Lover: Sept 2 1989 Until Now Twenty-Five Years of Marriage to Carol Elaine

A video I made some years ago — perhaps my first video, in fact. I feel the same now as then, except moreso. For Dearling…

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Who am I, What is “Jon Trott’s Blue Christian,” and Why?

Who am I, What is “Jon Trott’s Blue Christian,” and Why?

Jon Trott. I am an Anglo male afloat in the fog-covered ocean of middle age. I am a Jesus Freak. I am a skeptic. I am a writer — have won some awards and also have been called a “Satanist” or “Cult apologist” or “Socialist / Marxist” by those who didn’t like what I wrote. I am a communard (more […]

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Regret, Empathy, and Mutual Suffering: A few thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman

Regret, Empathy, and Mutual Suffering: A few thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman

My wife Carol told me about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death-by-heroin at the age of only 46. Her voice trembled. Not a follower of Hollywood overall, she has tracked Hoffman through any and every movie he appears in. “My favorite actor,” she says simply. For me, Hoffman’s darker roles leave me relatively uninterested, even while I note his stellar ability to […]

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