Love the Sinner

I’m going throw a little twist at you today. We all know that old chestnut “Hate the sin, love the sinner”. And, if you know me, you know how much I’ve come to despise that phrase. I despise it because it has, in my opinion, been used to justify hatred, discrimination and oppression of LGBT […]

Changing My Life

Two nights ago, Will D. Campbell, author, pastor, civil rights activist and general rabble-rouser, passed away. I became acquainted with Brother Will through Hugh Hollowell, who credits Campbell’s work as the reason he became a pastor running a ministry serving an at-risk population. Both Hugh and another friend, Lia Scholl (the one and only @roguereverend) […]

The Tragedy of the Redneck Pt I

Will D. Campbell once said “ The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.” A good explanation of that line comes from his book “Brother to a Dragonfly”. In speaking about a conversion moment he had after realizing his social liberal creed was no different from the fundamentalist creed of his youth, […]

That’s Just Common

In “Brother to a Dragonfly“, Will Campbell tells a story about a preacher he knew named Thad Garner. Campbell said Garner was the most profane and profound man he ever knew.  Garner always referred to himself as his church’s mascot, saying “They feed me well. They even love me. They pat me on the head […]

The Scandalous Gospel

I’m in the process of reading two books. One, “Brother to a Dragonfly” is a memoir by Will D. Campbell. The other is “Race, Rock & Religion” by Frye Gaillard, which I decided to read because it has a chapter on Campbell. Up until a year ago, I’d never heard of Will Campbell. That changed […]