Seriously, Y’all?

Okay, the dialogue about the Syrian refugee crisis has gotten way out of hand. Is a country that was founded by immigrants, some of whom were fleeing sectarian violence and persecution, seriously debating whether or not to accept people fleeing from sectarian violence and persecution? I would think that this is a no-brainer, but obviously not. […]

The Poor Will Always Be With Us

The meme to your left has been making the rounds on the internet, lately. Quite a few progressive people, myself included, were quick to share it. As memes go, it’s not bad. Well, except for one thing: Franks never actually said that. It  comes from the Facebook group Stop The World, The Teabaggers Want Off, whose stock in trade […]

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, […]

What Is Salvation?

Recently, a friend posted the following status on Facebook: “I’m glad not being an asshole is not a prerequisite of salvation.” I responded “Hmm, looks like we define “salvation” differently. Not to mention, “asshole” and went about my business, which included a morning at Love Wins and a trip to the store to replenish someone’s […]

It’s Thanksgiving and You Know What That Means

Yes, it’s time for another installment of the obligatory “What I Am Thankful For” post. If you’re new here, don’t worry; it’s not one of those sappy pieces filled with heartfelt platitudes about family, health or financial well-being, no bs about wonderful friends or any kind of flowery fluff. It won’t be like that “28 days […]

Marketing Sucks

Recently, I posted an entry about Veterans Day. Almost immediately afterwards, I noticed several other people had written about the same topic. After reading all of them, I decided that mine was the best I’d seen. And, then I got pissed. I got pissed because I felt my concept was better, my writing was better, […]

I… Am… A… Nerd

The past week, I feel like I’ve been on the edge of burning out on the blogging thing. A couple of days ago, I started 3 different pieces before I finally found one that didn’t bore the hell out of me. That’s not to say I was excited about it, though; only that I was […]

FYI (if you’re a teenage boy…, or a young man)

Fellows, There’s an open letter on the internet about the pictures young ladies are posting on social media. It seems that some parents are upset that there are pictures of girls in various stages of undress because they’re afraid you’ll see them and be tempted into sexual sin. As a father of two daughters, I have […]

I’m Probably Doing it Wrong

Everything I’ve ever read about blogging and increasing your readership says that you should engage with your audience by responding to comments about whatever it is you’ve written. Unfortunately, I suck at that. You see, when I write something, I’ve generally said all I have to say on the subject and I’m ready to move […]

Emergent Fundamentals?

Yesterday, I got into a Twitter conversation with Brian Merritt who asked “Does the label Emergent give Conservatives an out from being called conservative while not really coming close to historic liberalism?” Unlike, many online discussions, it didn’t get ugly or argumentative. Mostly because Brian (and his wife Carol Howard-Merritt) is very cool. I first noticed […]