Good Job, Florida

Recently, The Daily Show aired a piece about the fact that in many states, women do not have the option to terminate the parental rights of their attacker if they become pregnant as a result of rape. Yes, beloved, in 21 states of this great nation, it’s possible that a woman could have to co-parent with […]

Love Wins

Since I began to embrace a more progressive view of Christianity, there are times when I wish I was a devoutly conservative evangelical; a fundamentalist, even. The more I read and learn about the faith and the  man I’ve chosen to follow, the more questions I have. Some of those questions can be…, uncomfortable. And, […]

Angels and Demons

  Spend even a few minutes listening to an evangelical/fundamentalist sermon and it’s almost inevitable that you’ll hear about angels and/or demons. It is a topic our more conservative brothers and sisters are not afraid to embrace. I, on the other hand, usually get uncomfortable when it comes up. I don’t have a problem talking about […]

God Has A Plan

Recently, a friend posted the following on Facebook: “Ok…so, allegedly, god loves everyone. So…why does that person have cancer and you do not? Or why did that man’s family die in a tsunami but yours is still here? Why were you born in America and they were born in Rwanda? It seems to me that […]

A Good Man Isn’t Hard To Find

As I read that title, it comes to me that I probably should apologize to Flannery O’Connor for stealing her words (but that’s another story, so to speak). Adding the qualifier “If you know where to look” to the title might not be a bad idea, either. It seems hard to find these days, but […]

Sometimes, You Are The Light

The muse doesn’t seem to visiting today, so enjoy this blast from the past while I try to jumpstart the creative process for the rest of the week.  Two quotes motivated this piece. One, from author Robert Fulghum and another by a Raleigh photographer. The first, from Fulghum, came about when he asked noted peace […]

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 […]

Broken?

Over the weekend, Mark Sandlin (pastor and author of The God Article) posted the following Facebook status: Christianity has it wrong. We are not broken. We are not fallen. We are not flawed. We are simply fragile. We are beautifully distractible. We are self-invested because of love but that love also gives us a slight […]

I Hope…

After spending over twenty years on the streets of Raleigh, NC as a firefighter, I know a little about the  homeless and poor population of our fair city. There are addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the used. And, many of them have one thing in common: no hope. You can see in their eyes if you […]

Something Substantive About God

A couple of days ago, Tony Jones challenged progressive theo-bloggers (his word, not mine) to write about God. His reasoning: progressives have problems talking about God. Now, my name wasn’t included in the august company he specifically named off, like Fred Clark (Slacktivist), Rachel Held Evans (Evolving in Monkey Town), but he did say “all of you I haven’t […]