Josh Duggar Gets His

And, I Couldn’t Be Happier Like most of you, my social media feed has been filled with stories, articles, op-eds, etc. about the Josh Duggar scandal. Interestingly, almost every one has been posted by my progressive friends; the conservatives I know have been remarkably silent on the matter. Well, maybe not “remarkably”; most likely, they […]

Love Wins

Since I began to embrace a more progressive view of Christianity, there are times when I wish I was a devoutly conservative evangelical; a fundamentalist, even. The more I read and learn about the faith and the  man I’ve chosen to follow, the more questions I have. Some of those questions can be…, uncomfortable. And, […]

Christian Values?

Clean and Clear, arguably the biggest name in skin care for young women, has added a new face to its #SeeTheRealMe campaign: Jazz Jennings. Now, you may be wondering “Who the hell is Jazz Jennings?” That’s easy enough to answer: Jennings is a LGBTQ activist who just happens to be a 14-year-old trans woman. She […]

Living In The Past

In his novel Requiem For A Nun, William Faulkner wrote “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” While Faulkner had his faults (like alcoholism and womanizing), the man could turn a phrase. This quote might have  been born out of  Faulkner’s essential southern-ness, but it applies to not-so-southern people, too. Especially in when you’re talking about abuse. I […]

Obsession and Forgiveness

You may have noticed that I didn’t post here on Friday. That’s because Friday was the “day from Hell”. This week, Diana and I were are enjoying our semi-annual visit to Florida. Before we left, however, there were a few thing I needed to take care of: a) get the car serviced, b) do some math homework and take a […]

God Loves Us Anyway

Like most of you, I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo over the past week and a half. I haven’t said much about it, in part because I didn’t know what to say. I keep hoping I’ll get up in the morning and see that tensions have de-escalated and the folks in that […]

Who Should Be First?

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m a closet optimist. Actually, “apocalopimist” is proabably a better fit. In case you’re wondering, an apocalopimist is “someone who knows it’s all going to shit, but still thinks things will turn out okay“. While that is an odd combination of optimism and cynicism, it’s a pretty […]

A Change Of Heart

After another state’s sterling effort at executing one of their wards, the death penalty is back in the news. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here (and, you’re too lazy to click the link), Oklahoma recently executed Clayton Lockett. Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly go to plan and, by all accounts, Lockett suffered horribly […]

Progressive Redneck?

In the very first article for The Progressive Redneck, I said that, while I am pretty progressive, I still have a few redneck tendencies. I also said that I’d go into detail about that in another post. Well, this is that post. This piece has been on the back burner for about a month now, percolating and coming together. […]

The Prodigal Son Part Duex

At the end of Monday’s piece on The Prodigal Son, I said the story leaves us wanting more and ended with “…maybe that’s on purpose. Maybe it’s up to us to fill in those blanks and keep it alive. And, maybe I’ll do just that in a couple of days.” Well, it’s a couple of […]