EO 2: The Eternity Overlay Formula

The “Eternity Overlay” is an idea about God that’s been in the back of my mind for decades. In a series of blog posts, I’m going to describe what the idea is, and share a number of thoughts about it. Here’s how the Eternity Overlay started. It was something I scribbled in a notebook when … Continue reading EO 2: The Eternity Overlay Formula

EO 1: Trying to Start Talking about the Eternity Overlay

Recently, I wrote that I have a theory that I’m calling Eternity Overlay. I say it’s a “theory,” but is it? Thinking about it as a theory is what gave me the idea of how I'd spend the next few blog posts (including this one): laying the groundwork for it. In order to understand the … Continue reading EO 1: Trying to Start Talking about the Eternity Overlay

A New Project: What the Heck is the Eternity Overlay? (EO 0)

I have a project in mind, a series of thoughts along a certain line. For the time being I’m calling it Eternity Overlay, though I’m not sure that’s a good title for it. It’s about a theory I’ve had for a while now, a theory which I also call eternity overlay. For now, I think … Continue reading A New Project: What the Heck is the Eternity Overlay? (EO 0)

Merry Christmas? Bah!

I must say this. I have to take a stand. As a Christian in this nation, I am increasingly upset every year. Each December, as I make my way through streets and stores, I hear holiday greetings. But never, never do I hear the name of the holiday I am celebrating. It's sickening. Oh sure, … Continue reading Merry Christmas? Bah!


Lots of science-fiction movies and television shows talk about "other dimensions." Most often, the word is used to mean a "parallel universe" or something like that. "There are aliens attacking us from another dimension!" Or, "That person looks just like you, but he has a goatee! He must be the 'you' from another dimension!" But … Continue reading Four

The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 13:1-8. I also referred to the other readings as well, Daniel 12:1-3 and Hebrews 10:11-25. When? When? When, O Lord, are the buildings going to fall? When are the wars you predict to come? When will nation rise … Continue reading The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

Life without Afterlife

Trigger warning: This post gets dark toward the end.  I am a Christian. I am, in fact, an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so I suppose that makes me a professional Christian. And yet, I find that I have a lot of trouble with one of the … Continue reading Life without Afterlife