Stop Putting Words In My Mouth

Recently, I read a blog post titled “Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins”.  In it, the author tells us that “Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10″ but “it is different from all the rest, at least right now.” Right off the bat, I saw a problem: namely, that Paul never mentions “homosexuality” […]

Two Weddings, No Funerals

In the past couple of months, I know two couples who got married. That, in and of itself, is no big deal and you’re probably wondering why I bothered to share it. I did so because the people who were joined in holy matrimony were women. Yup, two (count ’em, two) same-sex marriages among people I count […]

Who Needs Blood?

In Wednesday’s entry, I said I would try to show you some different ways of looking at the things surrounding Holy Week. One of those is the idea that Jesus had to die a gruesome and bloody death so we could be forgiven for our sins, aka penal substitutionary atonement. It seems an appropriate topic […]

Holy Week

Well, it’s Holy Week and I can’t resist the temptation to write about it. The problem is I’m not exactly sure what I want to say. Of course, I could do the whole theological navel-gazing thing and blather on about whether there was a physical resurrection or not. And, there’s always the atonement argument. You […]

What Is God?

Disclaimer *Let me say that what you’re  reading here is a Flannery O’Connor quote in action. Is it “I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it”? No, it’s not. How about “Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me”? That’s not it, […]

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now

Two years ago yesterday (April 10th), my father became one with the cosmos. And, that is exactly how he would put it. None of that “went to be with the Lord” stuff; flowery euphemisms about heaven were not his thing. He talked about heaven, of course, but it was never the standard issue, sit-on-a-cloud-with-a-halo-and-a-harp variety. Over […]

You Just Don’t Get It

Now and then, I hear about churches that just don’t seem to get it. Like the one in the picture shown here, or the church in Raleigh who found homeless people sleeping on their property at night and had them arrested for trespassing, they completely miss what the church is supposed to be about. Once, […]

God Has A Plan

Recently, a friend posted the following on Facebook: “Ok…so, allegedly, god loves everyone. So…why does that person have cancer and you do not? Or why did that man’s family die in a tsunami but yours is still here? Why were you born in America and they were born in Rwanda? It seems to me that […]

Shocked And Betrayed

Last week, progressive evangelicals (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) were elated when World Vision announced that they would no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their hiring practices. What’s not to be thrilled about, right?  I mean, a major evangelical organization with a history of treating LGBTQ people as second-class citizens […]

Loving the Sinner, Hating the Sin?

I’ve got a lot on my plate today, what with putting some finishing touches on my camper and getting ready for Wild Goose. But I didn’t want to disappoint my tens of fans, so enjoy this blast from the past and I’ll see you Monday. Back in the 80’s, when I got hold of the […]