Are We Bullies?

  When I was younger, people said I marched to  the beat of a different drummer, that I was a non-conformist, even unique.  That didn’t make me happy because, when you’re a kid, you know that no matter what adults might tell you, being different is not good thing.  Being different means you stand out, and standing out leads […]

Loving Our Neighbor…, Kinda

Yesterday, I read an article on Red Letter Christians written by Hugh Hollowell titled Open and Affirming Because of the Bible, written in response to an article by Dan Martin, Open? Yes! Affirming? No.  Anyone who knows me can tell which article I agree with just by reading the titles.  For those who don’t, I’m […]

Loving All Our Enemies

I think it’s safe to say that I’m on the left side of things when it comes most issues, both social and religious.  I’ve certainly made no bones about that on this blog, most of the articles point to that in one way or another.  I spend a lot of time “fighting the good fight” against […]

Christian Lifestyle?

Every so often, the phrase “Christian lifestyle” pops up on my radar.  The latest is from Red Letter Christians, an article titled Grace”less Christianity.  In it, the author, Christian Piatt, tells about Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.  It seems that the good folks at POG had rented space to Happy Time Daycare.  Now, I’m not sure if Happy Time was […]

Hypocrites and Pharisees Pt. II

Yesterday, I wrote a post titled Hypocrites and Pharisees that stirred up some discussion on the Outlaw Pastors Facebook page.  It was about two gay men being assaulted in the parking lot of a church that is pastored by one of the men’s father.  In the post, I took the Church (universal) to task for allowing such a thing […]

Hypocrites and Pharisees

Two weeks ago, Jerry Pittman Jr. and his partner, Dustin Lee, attempted to attend services at Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland, Tn.  I say “attempted” because they never got past the parking lot.  As they got out of their car, 3 men approached and attacked them, one man “smashed” Pittman with the car door while another pushed Lee back, punching in […]

Comfortable?

I know a pastor who talks about comfort zones…, a lot.  Maybe not in every sermon, but the subject does come up on a frequent basis; her point being that we need to get outside our comfort zones in order to grow.  I agree, but it’s my belief that comfort zones are incompatible with the practice of real […]

A Reminder

About a month ago, after doing a little spring cleaning, my daughter and I made a trip to the local used bookstore.  I had a box of books and CD’s that were collecting dust and trading them in on something new (well, new to me) seemed like an excellent idea.  I love places like thrift stores, consignment shops […]