It’s My Bible, I Can Tear If I Want To

Recently, I read the story of Isaiah Smith, a Texas high school student who was suspended for tearing pages out of a Bible. It seems Mr. Smith brought his Bible into his first period class and tore out the pages from Leviticus that some folks use to condemn their LGBT brothers and sisters. He says […]

All Things Being Equal Pt. II

Update: This morning, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, declaring it unconstitutional. It also held that the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 had no standing to defend the law in court and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit Court with instructions for it to dismiss the case. This is a […]

I’m a Little Peeved

It’s another Monday and, here in North Carolina, that means it’s time for another protest at the State Legislature Building. These protests, called Moral Mondays, started in April in response to what our General Assembly has been up to since getting elected last year, i.e. doing their level best to turn back the clock in this state […]

Pacifism vs. Reality

In a piece for Huffington Post about nonviolence, John Dear included the following: “Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth, in thought, word, or deed,” Gandhi wrote. “I am certain that if we want to bring about peace in the world, there is no other way except that of nonviolence. One person who can […]

On This Day in History

53 years ago today, four N. C. A&T students walked in and sat down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N. C. A group of people sitting down at the lunch counter wasn’t a big deal, it happened every day. But, these four young men, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair (now Jibreel Khazan) and David Richmond, were […]

My First Book Review

Okay, a while back, I was invited to join a group that reviews books. The deal is that they provide the books for free and I write a review here on But Not Yet within 30 days. I’m little behind because I misjudged my capacity to read while doing chemotherapy (among other things, my vision […]

A Christian Nation Pt III

More than once (reposted Wednesday), I’ve written about how this isn’t now, never has been and never should be a Christian nation. I’ve talked about all the things we’ve done as a nation that show we aren’t, and what it might look like if we, were a Christian nation. I’ve even shown proof in early […]

Dangerous Idealists

Yesterday, at church, I was talking to a friend about a Facebook “discussion” he’d gotten involved in. It seems our pastor had posted about drone use in Pakistan and Afghanistan, calling them “flying death robots” and seriously questioned their use. Later, he pointed out that’s one of reasons Muslims are less than happy with us these days. […]

Part-Time Pacifist

Just when I think the world situation can’t get much worse, something will come along and blow that notion right out of the water. Lately, news from Syria has been the culprit. This poses a special problem for me because I am a part-time pacifist. This is a relatively new developement for me; I only started […]

Jackboots and Swastikas in Church?

I realize that title may sound a little inflammatory, but it’s really not out of line. You’ll realize that when you watch the following video: [youtube d2n7vSPwhSU] If you’re not a student of history, you still might not get the title reference. It happens when Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist says “I […]