Donald Trump, God’s Prophet?

I know I’ve said this before, but being a smart-ass blogger who focuses on religion and the stupid things people say can be a very boom and bust proposition. For the last week or so, I’ve been casting about, looking for a suitable target at which to direct my snark and saying it’s been tough […]

My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

Pentecost, The Holy Spirit And Me

Yesterday, many churches celebrated Pentecost. If you’re not a mainliner, it’s quite possible you don’t know what I’m talking about since many evangelical churches don’t like to mention it, much less celebrate it. Strangely, you heathens who don’t go to church, or worse, don’t believe in all this religious mumbo-jumbo, may know more about it than […]

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 […]

Broken?

Over the weekend, Mark Sandlin (pastor and author of The God Article) posted the following Facebook status: Christianity has it wrong. We are not broken. We are not fallen. We are not flawed. We are simply fragile. We are beautifully distractible. We are self-invested because of love but that love also gives us a slight […]

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 […]

The Spirit Moves

Regular readers of But Not Yet have probably noticed that I don’t say much about the Holy Spirit. There’s a reason for that: the Holy Spirit makes me uncomfortable. Not necessarily in that convicted way, that I should be doing something different. No, she makes me uneasy because of some past experiences. For that to make sense, […]

Kind of Like This…, But, Sinnier

The idea of sin is one that concerns Christians no matter what they believe. What is sin, how do I keep from sinning, what happens when I sin, etc; these are questions we all ask. All too often the answers we get are…, not good, not good at all. They’re not good because they have […]

Is the Spirit Moving?

This past Friday and Saturday[ref]Jan. 11-12 2013[/ref], I attended Emergence Christianity:A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle and Friends in Memphis TN. For those unfamiliar with Ms Phyllis, she is an author, “recovering academic” (her words) and founding religion editor for Publishers Weekly. She has also written several books about emergence Christianity, most notably “The Great Emergence” […]