Violence and The Radical Welcome Of The Church

There is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill that goes, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.” While it can’t be verified that he actually said that, it is a pretty good summation of how Americans handle difficult issues. Or, it used to be. These days we seem […]

Esther’s Story

So, yesterday’s sermon at College Park Baptist Church was based on the story of Esther. I hear a lot of people who say this is their favorite one in the bible. And, really, who can blame them? The tale of Esther is great storytelling and has everything you could ever want: intrigue, revenge, misogyny, sex, violence. […]

Listen To Me, Damn It!

  When it comes to the situation in Baltimore,  Hugh Hollowell, my brother from another mother, has said that white people should  “Shut up, and amplify minority reports and black voices.” And, he’s right, that’s what we should do. But, the truth is, a lot of people won’t hear what those black voices are saying […]

We’re Not Popeye, Y’all

I wish I could say we all agree that violence is bad no matter where it comes from, but everyone knows that’s not true. For many people, violence is not only acceptable, it’s the preferred option. And, I’m not talking about Muslims, either: I’m talking about us. Our foreign policy, our obsession with guns and […]

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, […]

A Post-Post-Racial Society?

I have a confession to make: I didn’t vote for Barrack Obama in 2008. While I’m not sure if that means I was a racist back then, the fact that I did vote for him in 2012 has to show that I have overcome whatever racist tendencies from my youth might have hung on into […]

What Does That Say About Us?

Yesterday, Patheos blogger David Henson said, “A saint’s scheduled execution was widely protested and decried in Georgia. A sinner’s scheduled execution in Texas was largely ignored.” He was referring to the way progressive Christians erupted in protest of Kelly Gissendaner’s postponed execution, while remaining remarkably silent about today’s scheduled execution of Manuel Vasquez in Texas. He […]

Why, That’s Just Crazy Talk

So, it appears that since the last mid-term elections, President Obama has subscribed to “No F@#ks Monthly” and his extremely low GASF was on full display Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. In a speech before faith and political leaders, he called out Christians for throwing rocks at Islam because of it’s more violent practitioners: “Humanity has […]

Nothing To Do With Islam?

Ever notice how, whenever Westborough Baptist Church comes out to spew their bullshit or some anti-gay nut kills a person who is LGBTQ, Christian leaders come out of the woodwork to say “This has nothing to do with Christianity” and explain that the Christian faith is based on love, not hate? No? That’s because they […]

The Christmas Truce

100 years ago today, something amazing happened. In the midst of the horror that was World War I, men stopped trying to kill each other, came together between the lines and celebrated Christmas. December of 1914 was still early in that epic struggle and both armies had only recently given up mobile warfare and settled […]