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Author: Thomas Ziegert

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Would you like to hear things you’ve thought about but thought no one else could support? Have a safe place to talk about God or to question God? …to share your divergent understanding about God? ...to hear new stories about God? This podcast and its accompanying Blog are the places you can do that. Give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? (ok, I can think of several things.) I’m a recently retired (from the United Methodist Church) gay pastor living in Southern California. My experience is that when I have encountered that which is sacred, I have awakened, which also means I’m asleep a lot. I have found that when I live out my theology in my daily life that life works out for me. I’ll share my awake moments and what I’m discovering. Living awake assures us that every experience is a gift to be cherished, the painful ones as much as the pleasurable ones. My blog site is searching-for-god.com
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This is a story about love, illness, death and life after death, and God’s presence in the midst of it all.
I remember a small quilted wall hanging a friend made for me “Fear Not Tomorrow God Is Already There.” I grew up believing God was everywhere. Then I began to question that tenet. Then I found out it is true. This is the first in a series of my encounters with God. Some encounters are conspicuous, others are more obscure. This one was conspicuous.
If you listened to my first podcast in my series, “Places I’ve Come Across God,” you will know why I have had a certain wariness about the way the Bible is used and who it’s used for and against. You will not be surprised then, that I take exception that it is called the “Word of God.” In this podcast, I will give an account about why it should not be called that.
There are times where all we need is a little encouragement from God. It is my experience that God gives such encouragement. God gives us signs, sometimes. It is for us to recognize them, come to grips with them and interpret them. This episode is a story about just that.
The day I Met God

The day I Met God

2020-08-0910:06

Venice 2007

Venice 2007

2020-08-1512:54

This episode talks a little about the Bible as sacred stories, a little about sex outside of marriage, and some more about Eunuch as an ancient colloquialism for gay or lesbian, the importance of our stories, and that all good eunuchs go to Heaven.
This episode uses the reference from Romans chapter 12 verses 9 thru 21 to talk about blessing our persecutors. 
This revised episode discusses steps involved in forgiveness as a process, or path. I recognize that forgiveness can be a singular or series of events. But, I suggest that it can be a process for the bigger crimes against one another. Those steps are: Release, Repent, Repay, Reconcile and Rejoice.
This episode attempts to lay down principles upon which we can develop our ethic of sexuality and sexual encounters. 
My Solitude

My Solitude

2020-09-2609:15

For some, solitude is akin to loneliness. This podcast discusses the elements necessary to find comfort in solitude and overcome bouts of loneliness. Reference is made to Georges Moustaki's song, "Ma Solitude." The hear the song go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9-OzSzCDWo
Originally the Bible was written in Greek. It was then translated into Hebrew for the Old Testament and into Latin for the New Testament. The Greek used was actually an international Greek different than Classical Greek. I call this vendor Greek like vendor English, a close replica of the original language but without the nuances and complexities of the original.  Later the Bible would be re-translated into various languages often being corrupted because there were no accurate words into the new language to match the original Greek.Bibles were also politically influenced by the national faction that hired the translation. For instance, the King James Bible was translated at the behest of King James of England in 1610 C.E. King James’s approval was required before publication. These corruptions have caused many misunderstandings by those who rely on its veracity. As societies change our ability improves to break off from the common doctrines and dogmas that have prevented alternative, and perhaps more accurate, re-translations of the Bible as we continue to seek the truth. Today’s podcast redefines sin and evil.
This episode honors National Domestic Violence Awareness month with guest, Alicia Diane Rhoden, who discusses with us her experiences as a victim of domestic violence, her journey to extricate herself from victimization by her husband and church and her transformation from victim to advocate for those who suffer through what she did.
All Dogs Go To Heaven

All Dogs Go To Heaven

2020-10-1729:23

In this episode Reverend Gilbert Stones, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos, California, talks about both animals and humans being souls, the dilemma of accepting this understanding, and how humans then have to reevaluate our primacy among the creatures of the Earth.
Hegel's Dialectic offers the diagram of how the end will come. Thesis - Antithesis - Synthesis. The old Age of Liberalism battles its antithesis, Christian Nationalism. Both will be the diametrics that form the synthesis of a new age.
When the World Ended

When the World Ended

2020-11-0110:46

In this episode I discuss the misapprehension that the world will end in some "Rapture" or Armageddon described in the Book of Revelation. The world already ended. We live in a new world brought about by the dissolution of the Old Covenant (contract) and the signing by God and enacting of a New Covenant (contract) with all humanity. Here in this episode are my thoughts on the matter. Your thoughts are welcome too. I apologize for any resemblance my wording presents as insulting to practicing Jews. I have never thought of myself as anti-Semitic. This is the first time I have put these thoughts down. I cringed at the way some of what I say here sounded. Unfortunately, these words represent as best I am able what I have been thinking.  I welcome your thoughts on how I can say what I believe and not be offensive.
I Am Who I Am...

I Am Who I Am...

2020-11-0815:14

In this fourth episode of my third season, I talk about the importance of being true to ourselves, living authentically, and embracing who God made us to be.
The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

2020-11-1533:44

In this episode, I talk with my guest, Rev. Lynn Munson-Francis about the Kingdom of God and what it means in our lives.
In this episode I talk about celebrating Thanksgiving in honor of God's abundance and grace in a way suitable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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