November 18, 2018

Why I am an Ally – Part 4

A Look at Leviticus 18 and Act 15. In the last three posts we introduced some of the people I have met in my life journey, discussed Romans 1 & 2, and looked at the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Today we want to take a rather different look at Leviticus 18 and Acts 15. […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 3

If you are new to this series you might want to jump back in and read Part 1, where I talk about some of my personal interactions, or Part 2, where I discuss Romans 1 (and 2). Thank you to everyone who posted comments. They have definitely enriched the posts. One of my paragraphs in […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 2

A First Look at the Biblical Text Last week we were introduced to Craig, Steve, Bill, and Geoff, friends of mine that I have interacted with over the years. This was a reminder to all of us that when we enter into these discussions, there are real people at the other end. Craig and Bill […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 1

Why now? Why did I pick this time to publicly declare that I am an ally to the LGBTQ community? There are a number of reasons: In the last number of years I have seen an increasing rise of hate on social media aimed towards homosexuals and other marginalized people. This hate has come primarily […]

The gospels according to James and Thomas – an exercise in understanding oral tradition

Let me introduce you to William Robert Bell, my Irish great grandfather.  He died of the what was then called the Spanish Flu that swept the world in 1918, one hundred years ago.  He was 38 at the time.  He was married to Sarah Jane Gordon, and had three children, Ria, Thomas (my Grandfather), and […]

Mike Bell: Canadian Office reopens with a Waterfall Tour!

Over the years interacting on Internet Monk, Klasie Kraalogies and I have become quite good friends. We both have lived in Southern Africa and Saskatchewan, love rocks, and like to hang out at Internet Monk. Klasie still lives in Southern Saskatchewan. Google “Southern Saskatchewan Waterfall”. Yes, there are no results! When I heard that we […]

So Long!

Today is my last regular post at Internet Monk. I have some pressing family matters that are going to take much of my attention for the foreseeable future and after much thought it seemed it was an appropriate time to end my regular contribution at Internet Monk. I am very grateful for all the opportunities […]

Religious Switching 2.0 – Analysis

As promised, my commentary on the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape Study. Prepare the skewers! Overview. If you run a business, you are concerned with cash flow. If the money coming in to your business is less than the money going out of your business for an extended period of time you are going to be […]

Religious Switching 2.0

Well, last week I promised you, the full Religious Switching in America Graph along with commentary. The graph is complete. Click on the image for a better view. The commentary and related data tables… well I guess I will have to discuss with Chaplain Mike when that will be coming. The graph took a little […]

Religious Switching 2.0: 2007 versus 2014 (Preliminary)

Seven years ago I published the following graph from data that I have derived from the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape Study. It shows how people in America have changed over their lifetime from their childhood faith to their current faith. Click on the image to see it full size graph. In the full size image […]