Boston, Baseball and My Old Man

Sports have been never a huge thing in my family. If my brother or I wanted to try out for a team, our parents supported us wholeheartedly, but they never pushed to play. Which is really unusual, since both mom and dad were athletes in high school. Of course, my parents are anything but usual […]

Good From Bad?

Once, someone told me I would make a good pastor. I just don’t see it. In my mind, a pastor is the person who guides you through the hell life can become sometimes. Not even taking into consideration the fact that my life is a perpetual shambles, I wouldn’t do well in that position because […]

Benefit of a Doubt

A couple of days ago, I wrote “the situation faced by (Moral Monday) protesters who’ve been arrested is a relatively safe one”. Today, as happens on occasion, I have to eat those words. A couple of hours after that post went up, I read on the Love Wins Facebook page that Shon McClain, one their people, […]

The Year in Review

2012 departs at midnight and, evidently, that means we’re supposed to look back and reminisce. I’m not exactly sure why, but who am I to question the prevailing paradigm? 2012 was pretty eventful. Oh sure, not as much as 2001 or any of the WWII years, but it is the most lively one in a […]

Bad Things Happen

I have to tell you, I struggled mightily over whether or not to write this particular entry. I always have a hard time writing about people I know. Even when it’s good, I feel like I’m invading their space. When it’s not so good, like this time, I agonize over it because I don’t want to use someone else’s pain for my own […]

Still Teaching

As most of you probably know, my father is dying. Almost 10 years ago, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, up until the last year or so, he’s managed pretty well. So well, in fact, that he’s picked up a couple of nicknames during his waltz with the big “C”; one of his nurses […]

It’s All Sacred

I’m going to start this by telling you a secret: I share controversal pictures or statuses on Facebook just to get a rise out of my conservative friends.  A few days ago, I shared the picture to the left and it received the following comment: “I’m not Catholic but I think they have a great record on […]

Religion and Politics

It is conventional wisdom that if you want to stay friends with someone, you don’t discuss religion and politics with them. In the hyper-politicized climate we live in (especially when the election cycle cranks up), discussing politics isn’t optional; it’s required. And, in a lot the circles I run in, religion is the same. Needless […]

Happy Freakin’ New Year

I suppose I should’ve written this yesterday, or even last week, but I tend to procrastinate  on an Olympic level so you’re getting my New Year’s post a day late. It works out, though, because I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today. Yesterday, I was in Greensboro, spending time with my daughters and […]

A Few Christian Truths

Christians like to talk about truth.  Well, that’s not really accurate, is it?  What Christians really like to do is claim they are in possession of the ultimate truth.  It seems to me, though, that many times that “truth” is narrow-minded, exclusive and just plain mean-spirited.  The other day, I saw a photo on Facebook listing 25 […]