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    Jesus, a Stand-Up Comedian

    “If God would stop telling jokes, I might act serious.”– Tukaram (Muslim poet) “My Lord told me a jokeAnd seeing him laugh had done more for methan any scripture I willever read”– Meister Eckhart (Christian mystic) I think Jesus is one of the top comedians of all time. He makes you laugh hard. You are slapping your thighs, jaws unhinged with laughter until you realize the joke is on you. For Jesus’ comedy has a sharp edge to it: It exposes your contradictions, and comedy’s oxygen for laughter is the exposing of contradictions. You can choose to laugh at yourself, which is the beginning of transformation because people who take…

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    Voting as a Christian

    I was excited about voting this morning because I was initiating my wife to the privileges of her civic duty. She will experience the power of her new citizenship (she was naturalized last year), and with the flick of her wrist she is going to place a person in the most powerful position on earth, the presidency of U.S. There is a strange kick you get out of sharing this power, as if you are bringing up a novitiate to your privileged circle. On top of this, it was a historical election because for the first time in U.S. a black candidate was on the ballot! But our trip to “making…