Um, Really?

Unless you live under a rock, you know the Boy Scouts of America recently allowed gay kids to be in their club. Or, as Jesse Berney said in The Guardian, “There have always been gay children in the Boy Scouts. What changed yesterday is that they won’t kick you out if you tell people you’re […]

Love God, Love People

Sometime before the year 30 CE, a lawyer asked Jesus “What is the greatest commandment”. Jesus answered “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,and with all your mind.” This conversation is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels with some variation. In both Matthew and Mark, the lawyer […]

All is Forgiven

Recently, I read the story of a young woman coming to terms with her past who had gotten a tattoo that said in calligraphy “Lord, forgive me”. The person telling the story said “…but God’s forgiveness is easy. She had that the moment she asked.” And, that’s true, because God forgives us for our sins, […]

It’s How You Say It

Lately, I’ve been speaking to people who are feeling disaffected by their current faith situation and are looking for something different. Today, however, I’m talking to my progressive friends. And, I want to tell some of you, you’re not helping. Look, I know some of the things our more conservative brothers and sisters say and […]

What Am I Talking About?

In “A Changed Man” I said I wanted to make “this new/old way of looking at Christianity accessible to that are struggling with the “cognitive dissonance” I spoke of earlier so that they don’t have to go through all the crap I did to get here.” So, what am I talking about? Basically, progressive Christianity, […]

A Changed Man

Yesterday was a pretty good day. The weather was nice, I got spend some unexpected time with Diana and, I got to hang out with my brother from another mother, Hugh Hollowell. It was, for us, a remarkably focused conversation. We both have just the tiniest touch of ADD (each of us combined having the […]

I Apologize

I can promise you, I’m not a fan of apologetics of any sort, be they religious, culture or anything else. But, lately, I keep finding myself drawn into the discipline. Not kicking and screaming, certainly; hell, not even against my will. But, pulled in nonetheless. The latest occurrence came over the weekend when I read […]

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’

“Don’t get above your raisin’ ” is one of those uniquely southern sayings, like “Bless your heart”, “How’s your mama and ’em” and any phrase with the word “fixin’ ” in it. You don’t hear it so much anymore, it was dying out as my generation came along. But, I did hear some old-timers use […]

I’m Related to People Like That

A few years ago, I heard comedian Blake Clark (of “Home Improvement and numerous Adam Sandler movies) talking about seeing the movie “Sling Blade” with his wife in Los Angeles. Clark is from Georgia and his wife is from Texas and they had a different response to the movie than their fellow theater-goers: like every other […]

What it Means

Today is Good Friday. According to Christian belief and tradition, it’s when Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified. It is a day when fundamental and evangelical Christians prepare for Easter Sunday secure in the knowledge that this act paid for their ticket to Heaven. Not so progressive Christians. Well, this progressive Christian; I probably shouldn’t […]