Being A Southerner

I had originally thought about titling this post “Living In The Southland”, but, I have another piece in the works that already carries that name, so… Besides, one can live in the Southland their entire life and never truly be a “southerner”; it’s as much a state of mind as it a locale. So, I thought […]

Man Up!

First of all, let me say that, although this is primarily addressed to men, it isn’t “just for men”. I only used that picture because I liked the image and couldn’t find one that didn’t have the “prayer meeting” line. That said, I’m not a big fan of the phrase “Man up” because it implies that the […]

Don’t Make Me Do It!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey and I don’t really want to. However, my problems stem not so much from the subject matter as the inane writing and questionable origin of the franchise. For those of you who live under a rock haven’t heard of this series, Fifty Shades of Grey (henceforth shortened […]

The Pope Needs to Read His Bible?

A recent article on Buzzfeed Political reported that evangelicals are struggling with some of Pope Francis’ more liberal comments. Specifically, the ones about salvation and sexuality. In essence, Frankie said that salvation is possible for anyone who lives a moral life (that includes atheists). Not only that, he has made several (almost) accepting statements about […]

I Am a Christian

The very first emerging Christianity event I ever attended was Big Tent 2010 in Raleigh, NC. It was there I was first exposed to the phenomena of Christians who didn’t want to be called “Christian”, preferring instead something like “Christ follower”. I wasn’t sure what it was all about, so I asked. Come to find […]

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) […]

Emperor Jesus?

I have a confession to make: I’m less than comfortable with the phrase “Kingdom of God”. In fact, I almost break out in a rash every time I hear it. And, don’t even think about what happens when I use it myself. That also includes phrases like “Lord”, “King of Kings” and all that other […]