Am I Still A Christian?

Over the years, I’ve had people ask me, “How can you call yourself a Christian with some of the things you believe?” It’s a fair question, seeing as I don’t put much stock in a lot of orthodox beliefs anymore. The short (smartass) answer comes in two parts: 1) I’m a progressive Christian, which means I’m […]

It’s Advent (Sigh)

Yesterday was the beginning of Advent and posts about it are starting to show up in my news feed. I am not happy about that, in part, because Advent posts are almost as irritating as people who are whiter than sour cream saying “That’ll preach” at every opportunity, thinking it makes them sound hip((And, by “hip”, I mean […]

Saint? More Like an Ain’t

FYI, the first two paragraphs of this post have absolutely nothing to do with the actual subject. Lately, I’ve struggled here at But Not Yet. Topics have been hard to come by, the words have flowed haltingly (if it at all) and the numbers have sucked. Basically, I was burning out. Last week, I even […]

Cognitive Dissonance?

“Cognitive dissonance”…, I’ve heard that phrase several times over the years. But, it was only a few months ago that I took the time to see what it actually meant. Consulting the Google, I found it is “psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously” (courtesy Messrs.’ Merriam and Webster). As I read that, […]

Praying to God

I’ll be honest with you, I have a problem with prayer. So much so that I rarely pray in the conventional sense. I don’t set aside time to pray every day; at best, I only pray when I absolutely have to.During public prayers, no matter how hard I try to contain it, my mind wanders all over […]

Well, Hell

Yesterday, I wrote what I think is one of my best posts ever. It was about hope and filled with all kinds of nifty, inspirational goodies guaranteed to make everyone feel better about the Zimmerman verdict. And, practically no one read it. Oh, a few people did and one, Diana, said it was good. But, she […]

A Dark Night Gets a Little Lighter

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. As pastor Michael Usey put after the second service, it wasn’t about young people playing “big church”, it was the younger members of our family showing us how the Gospel was revealed in their lives. The lectionary text this year was Exodus 3:1-6. That may not […]

A Dark Night

The term “dark night of the soul” comes from a poem by St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish Christian mystic. The poem is about the journey of the soul from the body to Heaven. This journey is called “The Dark Night” to represent the difficulties and hardships encountered on the way. While […]