Michele Bachmann: The End Times Are Upon Us…, Again

Just a few days ago, former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann took batshit crazy to new levels, claiming that President Obama would attempt “to extend his presidency, even enhance it and expand it” by taking over the United Nations. Why? Because he’s the Antichrist and wants to bring about the End of Days, that’s why. Actually, […]

An Open Letter To Women Upset About Hobby Lobby

Ladies, I know you’re upset about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby. Heck, I can understand your anger, at least a little bit. You think we men are trying to control you and your bodies, but we’re not. Okay, we are; but it’s for your own good, I swear. Look, we all know you […]

On the “Other”

Other _ view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. The action of othering is not unknown to progressive Christians. We see it every day in the way minorities are treated, the way LGBT people are routinely dehumanized and the poor are blamed for being poor. What’s harder to […]

Shalom

Every so often, I’ll hear a word that strikes a chord with me and shalom is one of those words. Most folks think of it as how Jewish folks say good-bye, but it’s more than that . Google it and you’ll that shalom  means peace. But, it’s more than that, because shalom is a Hebrew word and Hebrew words […]

15 Second Gospel?

Most of us are at least aware of Duck Dynasty and the Robertson clan. And, by now, we also know that they are all unabashed Christians of a rather conservative evangelical stripe. One of the brothers (not on the show) is pastor at local church and the rest of the family never misses a chance to […]

How Firm a Foundation?

I have a need for routine. Due to a nice dollop of Attention Deficit Disorder, if I don’t follow at least a few, nothing gets done. Unfortunately my ADD is accompanied by a soupçon of Obsessive Compulsive disorder, which can make finding a balance a little challenging. While my love of routine rarely lasts all day, […]

Good News Indeed

When people hear the name Leo Tolstoy, they almost always think of his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But, Tolstoy wasn’t just a novelist; he was a theologian, too. His interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount led him to Christian Anarchy and pacifism and his writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Gandhi and MLK. Unfortunately, in a big picture […]

A Hornet’s Nest?

All this talk about Paula Deen and Orson Scott Card has stirred up a hornet’s nest. Yesterday, someone said on the Emergent Village Facebook page, “Later today, or tomorrow morning…if you are a morning pooper…every single one of us will sit on a toilet and poop. It will stink. This poop will stink. Why? Because […]

End of the Game?

Quite a few years ago, I read “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s the story of a young boy (6 years old at the beginning) who was part of a program to breed commanders for Earth’s wars against against the Formics, an alien race with an insect-like appearance and a hive mind. Bullied by […]

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 […]