It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt IV

It’s time for the next installment in this curmudgeonly bitch-fest about Advent. Today, we will discuss “joy”. And, before you ask, I don’t have a problem with joy: I have a problem with the way we talk about joy.  The word gets thrown around like it’s no big deal and, really, it kind of is. Our approach […]

The Obligatory “What I’m Thankful For” Post 2014 Edition

  Well, it’s Thanksgiving and you know what that means: it’s time for one of the few lasting traditions here at The Progressive Redneck: “The Obligatory “What I’m Thankful For” Post, a collection of the more trivial things that I happen to be thankful for each year. Normally, I write this the day before Thanksgiving but, […]

I Bought a House!

New posts here at The Progressive Redneck have been rather spotty as of late and I want to begin with an apology to my 3-4 regular readers. Sorry about that, but I haven’t been posting much because I was moving. And, if you think that’s not an excuse, you’ve obviously never moved. A couple of weeks […]

It’s Not All Doom And Gloom

Let say this right up front: last night was not a good night for Americans with a progressive bent. Hell, it wasn’t even a good one for moderates, considering that moderate Republicans are pretty thin on the ground these days. But, are things really as bad as some of the progressive blogs and websites are saying? […]

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 […]

I Hate That F**cking List

So, Listly’s “Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading” 2014 edition is out and, happily, the top 25 reads like a who’s who of progressive/emergent Christian bloggers. Rachel Held Evans is holding down the top spot, followed by Benjamin Corey’s Formerly Fundie, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jamie, The Very Worst Missionary and, this one makes me particularly happy, […]

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 […]

My Story Pt II

On Monday, I began telling you about my charismatic/evangelical upbringing. Part I of this story painted a fairly rosy picture of my early years, concluding it by telling you that rosy childhood ended in 1971 when my father met and became friends with Leon Williford. So, let’s pick up the story there. Leon Williford was a […]

ADHD and Frustration

I’ll admit this is really a bit of a rip-off. It was inspired by Hugh Hollowell’s piece on the shame that accompanies living with ADHD. In fact, the title is a slight reworking of the one he chose for his article. I’m stealing from him for two reasons: 1) he lets me and 2) while his […]