The Dumbest Thing On The Internet

I’m thinking about starting a new feature called “Dumbest Thing On The Internet”. If that happens, this will most likely be the inaugural piece.  It appears that some folks are a little upset over a recent change in the United States Oath of Allegiance. claiming it was done to comply with Sharia law. According to the latest […]

I Have Faith In My Certainty

So, a friend recently shared an older entry from Hemant Mehta’s “Friendly Atheist” blog about one of Kirk Cameron’s films. This one, “Unstoppable“, is Kirk’s attempt to explain why God allows evil to exist, i.e. theodicy. Of course, the film’s Facebook page didn’t put it that way, saying that, “Unstoppable creatively asks—and answers (italics mine)—the age-old question: Where […]

Seeking God

Right up front, let me admit I have a chauvinistic attitude about religion and faith. By chauvinistic, I don’t mean the ugly, in-your-face “I’m better than you” type, more a kinder, gentler “my way is better than yours” kind of thing. Which is a nice way of saying I can be an undercover jerk. This chauvinism usually […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt VI

No Doubt Okay, we’re in the home stretch and starting our last topic from the Barna study: “The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt”. This is, perhaps, a good time to make the point that not all churches are hostile to doubt and questions. But, somewhere along the line, we went off the tracks and […]

Is the Church Failing Young People Pt III

Do Still Waters Run Deep? According to the Barna study, the second criticism young people have of the church is that their experience of Christianity is shallow. Fully a third (31%) said that “church is boring”. They also said “faith is not relevant to my career or interests” and that “the Bible is not taught clearly or often enough”. […]

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 […]