It’s Advent (Sigh) PtIII

In the continuing saga of my issues with Advent, we talk about yet another of those words connected with it: hope. Now, one of the best things about being a Baptist is that you aren’t bound to liturgical things like the lectionary text. This past Sunday at College Park Baptist Church, that freedom allowed our […]

It’s Advent (Sigh)

Yesterday was the beginning of Advent and posts about it are starting to show up in my news feed. I am not happy about that, in part, because Advent posts are almost as irritating as people who are whiter than sour cream saying “That’ll preach” at every opportunity, thinking it makes them sound hip((And, by “hip”, I mean […]

Well, Hell

Yesterday, I wrote what I think is one of my best posts ever. It was about hope and filled with all kinds of nifty, inspirational goodies guaranteed to make everyone feel better about the Zimmerman verdict. And, practically no one read it. Oh, a few people did and one, Diana, said it was good. But, she […]

Hope

Saturday night, a jury of his peers found George Zimmerman not guilty of  murdering Trayvon Martin. On hearing the news, I was stunned, scrabbling to process such insanity. Later, I was reminded of one of my favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird. I know, shocking, right? A southerner who writes is required by law to list Harper […]

Advent in 500 Words (Give or Take)

Okay, folks, we’ve just entered a new church season: Advent. The word advent means “a coming into being or use”.  Capitalize the a and the meaning becomes more specific, as in “the coming of Christ at the Incarnation”. And, of course, the season is “the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians […]

No Violence, Please

For all the hoopla about the United States being a Christian nation, we’re not acting like it. We are still embroiled in a war in Afghanistan and the possibility exists that we may similarly be caught up in Iran. I’ve seen two quotations lately that drove this point home. The first is from Mahatma Gandhi, […]

I Hope…

After spending over twenty years on the streets of Raleigh, NC as a firefighter, I know a little about the  homeless and poor population of our fair city. There are addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the used. And, many of them have one thing in common: no hope. You can see in their eyes if you […]