I’m Trying

It’s not often I’m happy to see Monday roll around, but I was ecstatic when it got here this time. Let me tell you, it was one hell of a weekend and not in the good way. It all started Friday evening when Olivia called me to come get her. She was spending the night […]

Sometimes, We Even Use Words

A couple of weeks ago, when everything went crazy in the wake of Biscuitgate, I started helping maintain the Love Wins blog. One of the things I’ve done is moderate comments. Now, most of those comments were great; I didn’t agree with all of them, but they were still good. Some were just ridiculous and […]

A Different Gospel

Several times in the past, I’ve talked about how the Gospel is counter-intuitive  for middle-class, American Christians. Truthfully, there’s not much in there that sounds good for us. You know, like that whole “Last shall be first, first shall be last” thing? And, the Magnificat is a straight-up indictment of people who live well while others starve. Now, by […]

I Take it Back

Yesterday was one of those days. I dropped my phone and cracked the screen, found out getting a trailer hitch installed on my car was a lot harder than I thought and, oh yeah, agitated quite a few folks here at But Not Yet. Last night, I was starting to feel a little beat up […]

The Importance of Belief

Yesterday, I asked if the existence of Jesus mattered when it came to his message. Several of you responded, saying yes, he was a real, live person. That wasn’t the point the of the article and it got under my skin a little. One of the hazards of expressing your thoughts is that, from time to […]

Release to the Prisoners

Yesterday, I quoted Luke 4:18-19 which is one of the scriptures liberation theology is based on. And, if you recall, in “Rethinking Grace” I said if I had to pick a theological system, it would probably be that one. (Now, I’d have throw in a little process theology, too). One of the things that’s bothered […]

Fair?

“Who says life is fair?” That’s a question I heard multiple times growing up; usually preceded by me stomping my foot and whining, “That’s not fair!” I heard it from my mother, my teachers and just about anyone who happened to be in the vicinity when I threw my little fit. I continue to hear […]

Um, Really?

Unless you live under a rock, you know the Boy Scouts of America recently allowed gay kids to be in their club. Or, as Jesse Berney said in The Guardian, “There have always been gay children in the Boy Scouts. What changed yesterday is that they won’t kick you out if you tell people you’re […]

The Scandalous Gospel

I’m in the process of reading two books. One, “Brother to a Dragonfly” is a memoir by Will D. Campbell. The other is “Race, Rock & Religion” by Frye Gaillard, which I decided to read because it has a chapter on Campbell. Up until a year ago, I’d never heard of Will Campbell. That changed […]

Kinda Douchy

Last month, an atheist group in Colorado announced that it had purchased 3 billboards in Denver and planned to post the image you see to the left on them. As the title of this post says, the sign is “kinda douchy”. Actually, it’s really douchy, it’s smug, superior and condescending. It’s arrogant and assumes they’re right […]