Watching Deadpool is a One-way Ticket to Hell

That’s the word on the evangelical street, y’all. You will not pass Go and you will not collect $200. You will, however, spend eternity in the bottomless pit and being tormented at Satan’s pleasure.  Now, you may be wondering why is watching “Deadpool” a one-way ticket to Hell? Because, people are nekkid in it, that’s […]

Ted Cruz And The Religious Right: A Match Made In Heaven(?)

To say that this Republican primary season has been a 3-ring circus is like saying George W. Bush wasn’t a very good president: true, but an understatement of mind-boggling proportions. Most of that circus atmosphere is a result of one candidate: human hair ball Donald Trump. As if the mere fact that this online-comments-section-come-to-life is […]

Watch Out, Fox. You’ve Incurred The Wrath Of One Million Moms

With all the craziness in the news lately, I thought we could all use a break from stories about Donald Trump’s racist/xenophobic/idiotic comments, Ben Carson’s memory issues and the terminal case of foot-in-mouth disease that seems to be afflicting all the Republican presidential candidates. I don’t know about you, but that bullshit’s getting a little […]

Drive-by Evangelism

If you live in Greensboro, there is a distinct possibility that you’ve seen this car. Lest you think this is a crazy, one-off occurrence,  let me assure that it’s not. I took this photo at a certain home improvement center on S. Elm Street in Greensboro last fall. Then, just a few months ago, I […]

First Church of Tax Exemption

After his tour de force as interim host on The Daily Show in 2013, John Oliver moved over to HBO to host his own program, “Last Week Tonight“. There, he takes a more in-depth look at various subjects like Sex Ed, prison sentences, transgender rights, the tobacco industry and nutritional supplements. If you haven’t watched any of those, I […]

The Cost Of Empire

The concept of humanity’s brokenness is a topic of conversation that comes up within Christianity from time to time. And, while the brokenness of people may be open to argument, the brokenness of this world isn’t.  Perhaps the most glaring piece of evidence of that brokenness is violence. We spend a lot of time on what […]

You Stay Classy, Oklahoma!

This has been a rough news week for folks in Oklahoma. In the space of 4 days, residents of the Sooner State have been subjected to a Facebook post from their Republican Party that compared people who receive SNAP benefits to animals and the President of the United States being greeted in their capital city […]

Church Discipline?

If there’s an upside to my growing up in a cult-ey environment, it’s that I was extremely turned off to organized religion through the 80’s, 90’s and part of the 00’s and missed out on the boom of fundamentalism/evangelicalism that occurred during that period. As a result, I often find myself scratching my head and wondering “What […]

You’re Making Jesus Cry, Anne

Anne Graham Lotz recently wrote on her website that “Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as The Rapture.” She followed that gem up with this: “While this will be deliverance for His people, can you imagine the impact on our nation, let […]

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, […]