Month: October 2013

  • The Unexpected Immediacy of God

    The Unexpected Immediacy of God

    Dear Sara, Thank you for your response. It’s delightful to read about your personal experiences with all of this. You offer a soothing, yet invigorating perspective. You asked, “What is contradictory for you personally between Christianity and Paganism…theologically, emotionally?  Does opening the door to Christianity automatically mean shutting the door to Paganism, and if so, why? […]

  • The Truth of What Was and Is and Is to Come

    The Truth of What Was and Is and Is to Come

    The Truth of What Was I was never completely committed to ADF. I didn’t finish the Dedicant Path because I was unwilling to speak out loud the final Oath. I wasn’t willing to make that kind of commitment to Paganism, or — more specifically — that significant a renouncement of my Christianity. There were plenty […]

  • both/and

    both/and

    Dear Sara, I didn’t plan on going to church last weekend. It sort of just happened. I hadn’t been in a very long time, and during my most recent visit I was only barely present. Participation in the service felt a bit like an act of treason. I’d read Pagan writers who said as much. […]

  • Closing the Comments at Bishop in the Grove

    Closing the Comments at Bishop in the Grove

    I’ve decided to close the comments at Bishop in the Grove. It’s something I’ve considered for some time, but in recent days it’s become clear that this would be a good decision to make for my own well being. Let me explain a bit of why this seems like the right choice. I blog about […]

  • The Kind of Pagan I Am

    The Kind of Pagan I Am

    I’m the kind of Pagan who hasn’t gotten rid of his Bibles. I don’t think there is a single Truth any more than I think there’s only one god, but I do think there’s something which unites everything in the universe. And I’d like to imagine that this connecting force is sentient, but I don’t know […]

  • The Kind of Christian I Was

    The Kind of Christian I Was

    I used to sing with my eyes closed. There were a few hymns at Christmas time that really did if for me. I sang harmonies a little louder than good taste would call for. Sometimes the priest would sing the Eucharist, and I knew every melody. I’d sing along quietly to myself, just under my […]

  • Overwhelmed with Thoughts of Jesus

    Overwhelmed with Thoughts of Jesus

    I’m overwhelmed with thoughts of Jesus. Jesus and God and Christianity and the Lord’s Prayer and compassion and forgiveness and hope and judgement and freedom from judgement and all of the things which made (and make) me feel connected to the Sacred. I don’t know what to do with all of this. It started when […]

  • To meat or not to meat

    To meat or not to meat

    To meat or not to meat. That, apparently, is a hot button issue. I brought it up yesterday on Facebook and Twitter (rather apolitically, I might add). I think I accidentally became a vegetarian yesterday. — Teo Bishop (@TeoBishop) October 1, 2013 That was it. What followed, particularly in the thread of comments on Facebook, […]

  • Evernote: A Tool of the TechnoDruid

    Evernote: A Tool of the TechnoDruid

    It’s official. I’m (re)starting the Bardic studies through OBOD. The materials have been in my possession since 2009. I’ve had them stored on a number of different shelves, loaded onto a variety of audio devices (some of which are now outdated), and they’ve survived two local and one cross country move. In short, this “storehouse […]