Jim Taylor

Taylor: Expecting the birth of our new selves

…it’s hard to attach hope, peace, joy and love to specific outcomes.

Taylor: The camel takes over the tent

The meaning of any story is up to interpretation by the listener.

Taylor: Where you find God

I imagine Diogenes thrusting his lantern in the face of, say, an evangelical preacher, and demanding, “Show me God!”

Taylor: Retraining my mental muscles

I don’t object to learning new skills, or new ideas…but I’d rather snack on a doughnut than deep-fried cockroaches.

Taylor: The world’s greatest religion

…religions…refer to belief in some kind of controlling power…author Harari describes [one belief as]…“the greatest conqueror in history.”

Taylor: How words shape religions

The notion of looking for God beyond the pages of a single text appeals to me.

Taylor: The ultimate tool for change

Both girls, both Muslim, agree that the best tool for change is not weapons but education.

Taylor: Use and abuse of the Bible

Basing modern laws and politics on isolated verses from the Bible makes as much sense to me as fixing cloudy cataracts with a hammer.

Taylor: Happy birthday to me…

My friend Ralph Milton says that there’s no secret to longevity; you just have to keep on having birthdays.

Taylor: Disposing of sacred symbols

Symbols are just that: They simply represent the real thing

Taylor: Friendships need three dimensions

It seems to me that most of our modern connections are, if I may coin a phrase, one dimensional.

Taylor: Something you can’t give back

A lovely morning isn’t expecting a thank you card.

Taylor: We are what we think

Judgers can become Learners and Learners can become Judgers.

Taylor: Habits that shape our thoughts

I wonder if the practice of using words in prayers leads us to imagine the entity we think we’re talking to.

Taylor: Deciphering the biblical codes

Spoiler alert: It is not an encrypted code-book that needs to be deciphered.

Taylor: We see what we want to see

The inspiration may indeed come from a divine source. But almost immediately it succumbs to human jurisdictions…

Taylor: Learning from language differences

It sounds so simple—make sure you’ve heard the other person correctly.…Is time so short that we can’t afford to get it right?

Taylor: Knowing where we’ve come from

Life changes by tiny increments that we can very easily never notice.

Taylor: Smart phones in life after death?

Heaven a void, or filled with realities beyond our imagination?

Taylor: Praise for an outdated practice

Most parishoners will not be able to relate to outdated practice that's praised in sermons.