Tag: paranoia

Psalm 140: Early Conspiracy Theories

 September 10, 2020

The next four psalms in the psaltery, Psalm 140-143, are laments, perhaps in preparation for the explosion of praise and thanksgiving found in the last five psalms. Our psalm for this week, Psalm 140, reminds us that conspiracy theories are nothing new. With all of the conspiracy theories around, this psalm reminds us we need […]

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Psalm 83: Paranoia or Reality? When God is Silent.

 July 30, 2019

It’s only paranoia if your fears are not based in reality. Are the fears expressed in Psalm 83 real or paranoia? What do you do when God appears to be silent? Do you imagine the worst? Psalm 83 Psalm 83 starts with the people calling to God, trying to wake him up. The people are […]

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Conspiracy Theory

 April 5, 2017

Lent – Preparing for Holy Week “They don’t like me,” her daughter insists. “Why do you say that?” “Because of the way they look at me.” She tries to explain to her children that every upset or angry look they see on someone’s face doesn’t always have to do with them. It could be any […]

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On Writing and Free Floating Anxiety

 June 20, 2014

“If you went into a government lab to design a program to instill anxiety and neurosis, you couldn’t do much better” John Scazi wrote about the writing process. So that explains it? That explains this free floating fear, this muted terror. It’s not fear for the future, fear that at fifty-seven I have already out-lived […]

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