Got Guilt?

Feeling guilty? No? Well, you will after watching this scarefest. Basically, it’s says God loves you so much that if you don’t love him back, he will condemn you to eternal, fiery torment. More than that, if you do love God back, but don’t pester the living shit out of everyone around you until they do too, […]

Is “Penal” A Dirty Word?

I’m sorry, but I cannot say, think, or write that word without repressing a giggle. That’s probably because I have the maturity level of a 13-year-old boy and it sounds too much like “penile” (FYI, DO NOT google “penal vs penile”. It’s not pretty). If pundits and politicians ever start referring to reforms in the […]

Who Needs Blood?

In Wednesday’s entry, I said I would try to show you some different ways of looking at the things surrounding Holy Week. One of those is the idea that Jesus had to die a gruesome and bloody death so we could be forgiven for our sins, aka penal substitutionary atonement. It seems an appropriate topic […]

On the “Other”

Other _ view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. The action of othering is not unknown to progressive Christians. We see it every day in the way minorities are treated, the way LGBT people are routinely dehumanized and the poor are blamed for being poor. What’s harder to […]

Whose Truth?

I don’t write about the Catholic Church much. Not so much because I disagree with them, but because they are outside my frame of reference. I’ve only been to a couple of Catholic services in my life and, as a southerner, that whole hierarchy and papal infallibility thing makes me itch. If I don’t write […]

Good News

Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the Gospel.  In the last month, I’ve written about 20 entries and at least half have had something to do with the word Gospel.   You have to be careful when you use, it means different things to different people.  For some, it’s an adjective to be […]