What Am I Talking About Pt. II

In “A Changed Man” I said I wanted to make “this new/old way of looking at Christianity accessible to those that are struggling with “cognitive dissonance” 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, the emerging church 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, […]

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 […]

Race To Insanity

Well, it appears my home state of North Carolina has entered the Legislative Insanity Sweepstakes. In a bold move designed to take the lead in the crazy race, two state lawmakers have introduced  a bill that would ignore the 1st Amendment and establish a state religion. I mean, the others competitors in the race have […]

A Higher Standard

Have you ever noticed that whenever the subject comes around to sex, the words, “flesh”, “body”, “world” or “worldly” come up? A commenter on Tony Jones’ blog post “Premarital Sex – Maybe It’s Not So Bad” said “Stop lowering the bar for Christian men. No one has died because they couldn’t masturbate. The world says that […]

Would Jesus Drop the F-bomb?

Recently, Kimberly Knight wrote that people took issues with some of the language she uses in her “Coming Out Christian” blog on Patheos. The offending post was titled “Washed in His Blood My Ass“. It was bad enough that she used the A-word in a Christian (?) article, but she also had the temerity to question penal substitutionary atonement, which everyone […]

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 […]

All Things Being Equal

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case about California’s Proposition 8. Today, the federal Defense of Marriage Act is on the docket. Now, any long-time reader of this blog knows where I stand on this issue; God knows, I’ve written enough about it. I write about yet again because we stand at a […]

Cupcakes and World Views

Recently, a friend tweeted “I thought it was about cupcake recipes, but it turns out that The Cupcake Bible is a Bible with a cupcake on the cover.” To which, I replied “Well, that’s disappointing. If it’s not recipes, you’d think they’d at least include some cupcake-related commentary.” After I shared that, I began to […]