God Is Still Speaking. But Kenneth Copeland And Jesse Duplantis Aren’t Listening

In the past, I’ve said that every now and then, the internet gives you a gift. And, often, that gift is amazing. Generally, those gifts come in the form of some celebrity Christian saying or doing something unintentionally funny. A lot of the time, it’s a comment that accidentally ironic and reveals things they really don’t […]

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, […]

We All Need To Be Saved From Something

Depending on who you talk to, salvation can be a touchy subject. For a conservative evangelical or a fundamentalist, salvation is about belief; i. e. to be saved, one must believe in Jesus. To a progressive, however, salvation is as much about what you do as it is what you believe. You can probably guess […]

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 […]

God Loves Us Anyway

Like most of you, I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo over the past week and a half. I haven’t said much about it, in part because I didn’t know what to say. I keep hoping I’ll get up in the morning and see that tensions have de-escalated and the folks in that […]

You’re Not Being Persecuted Pt II

Monday, I talked about writing articles with real-time connections and how it was a boom and bust proposition. I also told you I was in a boom period right now, saying it felt like I have been deluged with topics lately. I’m digging my way out of that and, in the process, I give you the latest entry in the […]

The New Jim Crow? Pt II

Just when I thought conservative Christians couldn’t treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks any worse, they actually found a way. Since denying them the right of marriage wasn’t enough to force those perverts back into the closet where we could pretend they didn’t exist,  several states are working on laws that legalize discrimination against LGBT […]

Finding a New Way Home

Yesterday, whether you know it or not, we celebrated the Epiphany, commemorating (at least in western tradition) the visit of the Magi and Jesus being revealed to the Gentiles. Actually, today (January 6th) is the Epiphany, but it’s hard enough to get people into church on a Sunday that isn’t Easter or Christmas, so most […]

Extra Virgin?

Since it’s Christmas Advent, I’ve read and heard quite a few allusions to the virgin birth lately. Most use Mary and the fact that she got pregnant before marriage as a metaphor for the plight of people on the margins of society and talk about what a stand-up guy Joseph was to show how we should […]

10 Things Everyone Should Know

Every so often, I see lists of things someone thinks the rest of us should know. Never being one to shy away from stealing an idea, I decided to do my own. So, here’s my contribution. It’s not about you _ This, for me at least, is the core of the Gospel. You know, “love your […]