First Church of Tax Exemption

After his tour de force as interim host on The Daily Show in 2013, John Oliver moved over to HBO to host his own program, “Last Week Tonight“. There, he takes a more in-depth look at various subjects like Sex Ed, prison sentences, transgender rights, the tobacco industry and nutritional supplements. If you haven’t watched any of those, I […]

Really, God?

During a recent sermon, I was reminded of the story of Naaman. It’s about a powerful dude, Naaman (duh), who has a skin disease and visits Elisha to get some healing. Things go a little sideways because, not only does Elisha fail to treat him with the respect he so richly deserves, he tells the guy to go […]

The-idiocy

In case you’re wondering, the word in the title is a corruption the word “theodicy”. I changed it to “the-idiocy” because (brace yourself, I’m about to use a bad word) some people have fucked-up ideas about how God works, i. e. God caused so-and-so to happen so God could reveal God’s glory. Oh sure, they don’t say […]

God’s Heart Breaks, Too.

This morning, I’ve reached a level of procrastination that is amazing even for me. And, it’s all because I don’t want to write about what I have to write about this morning. My friend, Morgan McLamb, went to hospice over the weekend. I first met Morgan in 2007 when we were both on light duty, me […]

Was Jesus a Racist?

Yesterday, I read a most interesting blog post. In it, David Henson said that Jesus made a racist comment. He was speaking of a story related by Mark 7:24-29 (also related in Matthew 15:21-28), where Jesus told the Syro-Phoenician woman “The children have to be fed first. It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss […]

The Unremembered Dead

Monday was Memorial Day and, as usual, we “honored” those who serve with patriotic flag-waving and nationalistic chest beating. And, as usual, we ignored those whose service has caused them nothing but pain. Last December, the Department of Defense reported that veterans were committing suicide at a rate of about one every 36 hours. Why is this […]