What Does That Say About Us?

Yesterday, Patheos blogger David Henson said, “A saint’s scheduled execution was widely protested and decried in Georgia. A sinner’s scheduled execution in Texas was largely ignored.” He was referring to the way progressive Christians erupted in protest of Kelly Gissendaner’s postponed execution, while remaining remarkably silent about today’s scheduled execution of Manuel Vasquez in Texas. He […]

Does The Church Have Its Head Up Its Ass?

Recently, my brother sent me the following Facebook message: “I was thinking about why there are so many assholes in Christianity. It occurred to me that Christ attracts broken people. Just because they accept grace doesn’t automatically make angels out of assholes. No excuse for behavior Jesus would cringe over. But it does explain some […]

Is It Possible?

I began blogging a little over four years ago, after my first bout with cancer and a heart issue caused by the chemotherapy. I mention that because it’s sort of thing makes you take stock of your life and I did. It was then that I began to realize my long-held conservative values  were at odds […]

A Change Of Heart

After another state’s sterling effort at executing one of their wards, the death penalty is back in the news. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here (and, you’re too lazy to click the link), Oklahoma recently executed Clayton Lockett. Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly go to plan and, by all accounts, Lockett suffered horribly […]

Shocked And Betrayed

Last week, progressive evangelicals (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) were elated when World Vision announced that they would no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their hiring practices. What’s not to be thrilled about, right?  I mean, a major evangelical organization with a history of treating LGBTQ people as second-class citizens […]

The Prodigal Son Part Duex

At the end of Monday’s piece on The Prodigal Son, I said the story leaves us wanting more and ended with “…maybe that’s on purpose. Maybe it’s up to us to fill in those blanks and keep it alive. And, maybe I’ll do just that in a couple of days.” Well, it’s a couple of […]

The Prodigal Son

At church yesterday, my pastor continued his sermon series on redemption. This week, the text was Luke 15:11-32, the parable of the prodigal son. I’m sure some of you theology nerds are saying “Wait a minute, that’s not from the lectionary!” Lectionary?!?AtCollege Park,  we don’t need no stinking lectionary. We’re a Baptist church, independence is how we roll, […]

Pray For Fred

A while back, I quit mentioning Fred Phelps and Westborough Baptist Church on the advice of a friend who said all they wanted was attention and by giving it to them, we were playing into their hands. It made sense to stop then. Today, however, it makes sense to mention them again because, according to reports […]

This Day Needs a Makeover

So, today is Valentine’s Day, when we’re supposed to show those we love just how much we love them with ostentatious displays of cards, flowers, jewelry and fancy dinners. Which is a funny way to celebrate a day that commemorates someone who was beaten with clubs, stoned and beheaded because he wouldn’t renounce Christ. Originally, […]

Hang Him!!!

That damn Tony Jones has done it again, saying controversial stuff and pissing off people all over the internet. This time, it was the atheists. Normally, I wouldn’t care because atheists are infidels who are bound for hell wearing gasoline underwear. But why let something as trivial as that interfere with the opportunity to vent […]