Modern-day Pharisees

It’s a well-known fact that conservative Christians are the modern-day equivalent of those legalistic, New Testament buzzkills known as the Pharisees. From their obsession with sex to their penchant for out-of-context quotation of the Bible, conservatives are doing their level best to live out H. L. Mencken’s definition of puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, […]

What Freedoms Are You Restoring?

So, last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoraion Act into law. This piece of legislation isn’t a one-off thing particular to Indiana, though; there are similar bills pending across the country, including my own state of North Carolina. Supporters claim the laws aren’t meant to discriminate against people who are LGBTQ, […]

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 […]

Black Thursday?

This year, several stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Target, Macy’s, K-mart and Kohl’s are all among that number. But, the one that has drawn the most ire is, wait for it…, Wal-mart. Yes, the Evil Empire has decided that they must be open to keep up with their competition and some folks don’t […]

I Apologize

I can promise you, I’m not a fan of apologetics of any sort, be they religious, culture or anything else. But, lately, I keep finding myself drawn into the discipline. Not kicking and screaming, certainly; hell, not even against my will. But, pulled in nonetheless. The latest occurrence came over the weekend when I read […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt V

Bringing Sexy Back? Not Hardlyse Today, we’re talking about sex. Yay! No, not like that. What I mean is, according to the Barna study young people’s religious experiences relating to sex seem simplistic and judgmental to them. I can understand that, as I think the church’s view on sexuality is simplistic and judgmental. I don’t […]

Religion and Politics Pt. II

Talking about religion and politics is getting to be my stock in trade these days. The last time I addressed this aspect of But Not Yet, I said Diana (my significant other) would  frown and say I shouldn’t do it. But, since then, her scorn has diminished and she’s even liked some of my more […]

Are You a Terrible Parent?

I’d say the odds are against it, even though we know they exist. And, yes the “terrible parent” bit is over the top, but the contrast between the two panels in the picture is striking in its hypocrisy. The fact is, this isn’t new territory; people have espoused these kinds of views as long as I can […]