Pray the Gay Away?

Last week, the President responded to a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors and enact Leelah’s Law, lending his support. As the father of a transgender teen, I couldn’t be happier. But, there are others who don’t share that happiness; mostly conservatives. […]

The Wisdom Of Atticus Finch

I haven’t said much about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s death because I’m still processing it. I have a lot of questions about they arrived at this conclusion and, until I’ve worked them out, I’m keeping my mouth shut. Something I’m not having trouble processing is the response […]

I Bought a House!

New posts here at The Progressive Redneck have been rather spotty as of late and I want to begin with an apology to my 3-4 regular readers. Sorry about that, but I haven’t been posting much because I was moving. And, if you think that’s not an excuse, you’ve obviously never moved. A couple of weeks […]

Community At The Goose

Well, another Wild Goose festival is in the books and, as much as I enjoyed it, I’m glad to be home. Well, sort of; today is shaping up to be a classic Monday. Last week, the kitchen electrical circuit in my house went out. Now, in most homes, this isn’t a big deal. But, I […]

Why I Do What I Do

Anyone who reads this blog on any kind of regular basis knows about my shameless adoration of Love Wins Ministries. I’ve sung their praises multiple times (like here, here and here), but since last August that love has taken on a more tangible form: I am an official, for-real volunteer; aka, a regular. It’s something I’ve wanted […]

Join Us

Recently, I was driving past a church which had a sign hyping their latest bible study/Sunday school/sermon/insert-whatever-churchy-thing-you-can-think-of-because-I-don’t-remember, followed by a hearty “Join Us!” I’ve never liked those signs. Every time I see one, I think, “Why don’t you join us. Maybe it will stop your increasingly rapid slide into irrelevance”. I knew there was a blog […]

We Are All Connected

Last night, I was scratching around for something to read when I found a book that Diana’s son had recommended, titled “The Holographic Universe” by Michael Talbot. It explores the metaphysical implications of quantum mechanics and posits that the universe is a giant holograph.  I haven’t read enough to comment one way or another on […]

A Different Gospel

Several times in the past, I’ve talked about how the Gospel is counter-intuitive  for middle-class, American Christians. Truthfully, there’s not much in there that sounds good for us. You know, like that whole “Last shall be first, first shall be last” thing? And, the Magnificat is a straight-up indictment of people who live well while others starve. Now, by […]

The Need for Church

Recently, Huffington Post published an article by Tara Woodard-Lehman titled Do You Really Need Church? Now, when I think of things I need, I tend to think of the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy. Like, I need food, air and water; I need shelter; I need the medications and healthcare that keep my body from destroying itself. For me, church comes […]

Shalom

Every so often, I’ll hear a word that strikes a chord with me and shalom is one of those words. Most folks think of it as how Jewish folks say good-bye, but it’s more than that . Google it and you’ll that shalom  means peace. But, it’s more than that, because shalom is a Hebrew word and Hebrew words […]