Really, God?

During a recent sermon, I was reminded of the story of Naaman. It’s about a powerful dude, Naaman (duh), who has a skin disease and visits Elisha to get some healing. Things go a little sideways because, not only does Elisha fail to treat him with the respect he so richly deserves, he tells the guy to go […]

Trigger Warning

I’ll start this out with a somewhat controversial statement: I am not a fan of the trigger warning. Actually, I guess it’s more accurate to say I’m conflicted about the trigger warning. I understand that hearing certain things can be very hard for someone who’s suffered trauma((been there, done that)). At the same time, I […]

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 […]

My Story Pt III

Today, we come to the third chapter of the saga that is My Story. Monday, I started with the tale of my Leave It To Beaver-ish early years. Wednesday, I laid bare the time I spent as a member of a crazy-ass cult (though exactly a willing one). Today, the story spans a much longer time; almost 30 years […]

A Fight You Can’t Win

Many people like to talk about someone’s “brave battle with cancer”, like it’s a war; the implication being that if you’re tough enough, you can kick its ass and expel this nasty stuff from your body once and for all. There’s only one problem with that: it’s bullshit. Cancer is like luggage; you have it until […]

The-idiocy

In case you’re wondering, the word in the title is a corruption the word “theodicy”. I changed it to “the-idiocy” because (brace yourself, I’m about to use a bad word) some people have fucked-up ideas about how God works, i. e. God caused so-and-so to happen so God could reveal God’s glory. Oh sure, they don’t say […]

I Was Wrong

Wednesday, I wrote a post titled “An Open Letter To All The Pastors I Know” that offended some people. Before I say anything else, I want to apologize to anyone I may have insulted. Here’s the thing: that was not the post I intended to write. The original idea was to write about the difficulties people […]

A Few Thought About Dying…, And Living

As is the family custom, I went to my mother’s for New Year’s. There was a little work to do around the place, but the real reason I went was for the black-eyed peas and collard greens; another family custom. Actually, it’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck and money throughout […]