Targeting Toys

I’ve been a little out of the loop the past couple of days (nothing major, just kind of spacing out) and I thought I had missed the window of opportunity to get all snarky about the backlash against Target’s decision to remove gender labels in its toy section. Rachel Held Evans, who is a great […]

Matt Walsh: A “Sick And Delusional Man”?

     Let me start this post with a disclaimer: I don’t like Matt Walsh and I’m not going to be kind to him here. Well, that’s not exactly true; I don’t know Matt Walsh, so I can’t really say if I like him personally or not. I guess it would be better to say […]

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. […]

God Bless Grace Ann

  Today, boys and girls, you’re in for a treat: I’m turning The Progressive Redneck over to a guest blogger, my boyhood friend and idol, Jefferson Davis Dudley, a great American. Jeff was born and raised in Volunteer, NC and is a graduate of Little Bethel Free Will Baptist Bible College in Pilot Mountain, NC (not far from the […]

My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

It Doesn’t Work That Way

In the past few years, I’ve become aware of something called privilege (I’m a white boy; cluelessness is part of the package). It’s not hard to figure why:  almost every conversation about equality these days involves privilege one way or another. Not only that, the internet is flooded with articles about it. And, almost every one of the […]

What Am I Talking About?

In “A Changed Man” I said I wanted to make “this new/old way of looking at Christianity accessible to that are struggling with the “cognitive dissonance” I spoke of earlier so that they don’t have to go through all the crap I did to get here.” So, what am I talking about? Basically, progressive Christianity, […]

The Women

 Luke 24:1-12 was the sermon text for yesterday’s Easter service at College Park Baptist Church. Reading this, you’ll notice that the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection were women. If you go back one chapter to the account of his crucifixion and death, you’ll notice that women were the witnesses to that event, too. In fact, there is […]

A Big Blow Off?

Yesterday, I found a new blog. Written by Travis Mammone, it’s called “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side“. If you haven’t read it, go over and check it out. He’s a very good writer with some excellent ideas. The post that caught my attention was “When the Emerging Church Needs Reforming“. That one […]

Offense Meant

Yesterday, I wrote started a new series called “Christian Dick of the Moment”. It seemed to go over well enough until just before bedtime that night. Diana, who might just the conscience of this blog, told me “I didn’t like the title of your post”. I wasn’t expecting that and it took me moment to respond.  […]