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    • Bil Aulenbach
    • Born at the end of the Great Depression in 1932, Bil Aulenbach was the son of a Philadelphia clergyman. A graduate of Episcopal Academy, Bil went on to serve in the Korean War as a Marine Corps Captain, he next attended seminary in Berkeley, and later earned an MSW from the University of Hawai‘i.

      Bil and his wife, Annie, have three children and live in Southern California. Now retired, they love to travel, having already visited sixty-seven different countries.  They are members of Irvine UCC and are involved in local projects, as well as in Mexico and Ecuador.

      Cramming for the Finals is Bil’s fourth book; he is the author of How to Get to Heaven Without Going to Church and What’s Love Got to Do With It? Visit Bil’s blog, Peace Love Joy Hope.

Question: Why Can’t—or Won’t—the Church Change? Answer: THEISM

I don’t think it’s any secret that the institutional church, especially in developed countries, is dying. The worst part: the leaders don’t seem to know how to revitalize it. What are your feelings?

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We Need More Iftars

I can hear many of you asking, “What in the world is an iftar?” This Arabic word means “a meal that breaks the fast” that occurs after sunset each day during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Here you can see how Ramadan’s dates move from year to year, since the Muslim calendar is based on the moon and the Western (Julian) calendar is based on the sun.

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Cramming for the Finals: New Ways of Looking at Old Church Ideas

How can a fourth-century theology be relevant today? Is the Bible meant to be taken literally? Can Jesus be stripped of some of his titles? These are just a few of the questions that the author, a Progressive Christian Episcopal clergy person, answers in this provocative book.

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I’m Falling in Love—with John

John is complicated. He was part of a school whose members were Jewish. By the time we see John in the public arena, the Jesus movement had been expelled from Judaism. The gentiles had taken over, and, most of the time, they read the Gospels as literal truth. They did not, and still don’t, understand the Jewish way of telling their religious history, which is full of metaphors, cultural innuendos, secret sayings, and mysticism.

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What Happens to D&D When God Is Promoted and Jesus Is Demoted?

Watch what happens to most of the D&D when the theistic god of yesterday is promoted to encompass the entire universe. One can no longer think about a small Master Puppeteer but more in terms of a force that some call Creation or Ground of All Being. This force has no gender, sexuality, children, color, or religion. It’s simply there, everywhere, creating.

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