A Heinous Act

I had every intention of writing about Chik-fil-a and company president Dan Cathey’s assertion of something we really knew: that the Cathey family and Chik-fil-a are basically anti-gay. But, something happened last night that I can’t ignore. In a crowded movie theater, in the middle of the latest Batman movie, a man in a bullet-proof vest stood and fired […]

A Massive Jesus Juke?

Recently, Jonathan Brink , blogger and publisher asked the following question on the Christian Left Facebook page: “To my LGBTQ friends: does the act of apologizing for another person’s oppressive act serve as a meaningful substitute for your pain, or is the value in simply someone acknowledging the pain. Or something else?” Now, I’m not […]

It’s A Mystery

In my recent entry, “He Was a Disciple“, I mentioned that my father held some less than orthodox beliefs. He was especially fond of the those espoused in Religious Science and he was open to even more eccentric (as in “deviating from the recognized or customary”, not weird). If my dad felt this way, my brother does […]

He Was a Disciple

Anyone who has read much of the material on this site will have encountered the phrase “radical discipleship“. Some people will be more familiar with it than others and if you fall in the second category, the best way I can description I can come up with is following Jesus no matter what. It is embracing non-violence, […]

April Fourth…

[youtube LHcP4MWABGY] Considering that today is the 44th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., I thought starting this entry by sharing U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)”. Bono, lead singer of U2 and composer of the song, has said the song is about the two sides of the civil rights movement, […]

What it Means to Be a Man

What with Mark Driscoll’s new book on marriage and his winning ways of relating to the world, the question of manhood is making the rounds again. Okay, maybe not in normal people circles, but it is all the rage in Bloggerworld (a very odd parallel universe where people obsess over esoteric religious questions). Of course, Pastor […]

Really?

You know how it feels when your words come back and bite you in the ass? Yeah, me too. Unfortunately, I think I’m about to experience that once again. The other day, I wrote an article about people calling themselves “spiritual, but not religious” titled, of all things, “Spiritual, But not Religious“.  In it, I talked about how saying […]

Spiritual But Not Religious

     To be perfectly honest, this phrase has always smacked of copping out to me.  Yes, I’m aware a lot of that is rooted in my own prejudice.  And, yes, I know there are plenty of people adhere to other beliefs, things like Buddhism or other eastern faiths.  I know that some people don’t really have a specific belief system and […]

I Am A Snob

I have yet another confession to make: I’m a coffee snob. Yes, I’m one of those people who consider drinking Maxwell House beneath them. Okay, maybe it’s not beneath me,  but it is really bad coffee. I don’t have to drink the most expensive coffee in the world, which is Kopi Luwak (I don’t care how […]

Other Gods

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before* me. 4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, […]