Dangerous Idealists

Yesterday, at church, I was talking to a friend about a Facebook “discussion” he’d gotten involved in. It seems our pastor had posted about drone use in Pakistan and Afghanistan, calling them “flying death robots” and seriously questioned their use. Later, he pointed out that’s one of reasons Muslims are less than happy with us these days. […]

The Current Unpleasantness

Wednesday, I wrote about the unrest caused in Libya and Egypt by an independent film that showed Islam and the prophet Mohammed in, shall we say, a less than flattering light. 5 Americans were killed, including ambassador Chris Stevens. Since then, more information has come to light. Things like supposed film maker doesn’t exist. Well, he […]

Religious Morons(s) of the Moment

We’re taking a break from our series about how Jesus changed the world today. I’m doing this because pastor (and use the term loosely) Terry Jones of Florida has done it again. He’s not alone this time, however. He’s backing a movie made by Sam Bacile called “Innocence of Muslims”. Because of that, these two idiots […]

A New Series Pt IV Deja Voodoo

via YouTube Part IV of our series on the six ways Jesus changed the world deals with forgiveness. Truthfully, I could combine the last three using today’s subject…, and I think I will,  just not all at once. Which is not really combining is it? Oh well. It’s 9-11 again and, as usual, I’ve been dreading it for a week now. I suppose you’re […]

A New Series: How Jesus Changed the World

A while back, I read an article on Huffington Post titled “Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the World” by John Ortberg. Brother Ortberg covered all this ground in one article. I, however, never miss a chance to milk a subject for all it’s worth. So, for the next six days, I’m going to write about these […]

I Hope…

After spending over twenty years on the streets of Raleigh, NC as a firefighter, I know a little about the  homeless and poor population of our fair city. There are addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the used. And, many of them have one thing in common: no hope. You can see in their eyes if you […]

Of Dogs and Unconditional Love

[youtube FRJyieYGEI0] The scene at the beginning of this post is my favorite from one of my favorite Disney/Pixar movies. Don’t look at me like that, it’s a good movie with nice message. In fact, while most Disney movies send abominable messages to young people, Pixar films seem to go the opposite direction. For example, […]

Part-Time Pacifist

Just when I think the world situation can’t get much worse, something will come along and blow that notion right out of the water. Lately, news from Syria has been the culprit. This poses a special problem for me because I am a part-time pacifist. This is a relatively new developement for me; I only started […]

You’re Not Being Persecuted.

Lately, we’ve heard more than a few conservatives (Christians mostly) claiming they are being persecuted for their beliefs. Whenever they’re accused of being bullying, they shout “You’re persecuting me because of my religion! You’re the bully!”  These people are convinced that the Left (political and religious) are curtailing their right to religious freedom. As CBN reported  recently “If you get the […]

I Aim To Misbehave

I’ve never a big fan of the  “culturally relevant” church. Not because  it’s a bad thing, but because most churches tend to suck at it. Usually, it’s something like “The Dark Night; An Easter Story” which tells how Batman and Robin “discover the true meaning of Easter”. And, it’s not a good Batman on the poster; it’s usually Adam West from the cheesy 60’s […]