It’s That Time of Year Again: The Annual “What I’m Thankful For” Post

Well, beloved, today is Thanksgiving and you know what that means: It’s time for my annual semi-snarky “What I’m Thankful for” post. This tradition started before the “gratitude challenge” became a thing, but being a dedicated curmudgeon, “What I’m Thankful For” quickly turned into a vehicle for skewering American’s penchant for jumping on a bandwagon […]

An Open Letter About My LGBT Kid

Lately, I’ve seen a few straight progressive bloggers write about parenting children who are LGBT.┬áIt might be speculation about how the author would react to the news that one of their kids is gay. Or, it could be an open letter telling parents what they should say to their LGBT kid. As the parent of […]

What Keeps Me Awake At Night

In a recent sermon at College Park Baptist Church, pastor Michael Usey asked “What keeps you awake at night?” Then, he had us write those thoughts down on Post it notes and stick them on the wall. Afterwards, the notes were gathered and compiled for a word cloud that showed up on the following Sunday’s […]

Targeting Toys

I’ve been a little out of the loop the past couple of days (nothing major, just kind of spacing out) and I thought I had missed the window of opportunity to get all snarky about the backlash against Target’s decision to remove gender labels in its toy section. Rachel Held Evans, who is a great […]

The Bookmobile

  Growing up in rural┬áNorth Carolina during the 60’s and 70’s, reading was a big deal for me. Back then, it was still one of the chief forms of entertainment since cable television was pretty much unheard of in my neck of the woods. And, while the internet existed, it wasn’t available to peons like […]

The Problem With Youth Ministry

I’ve read a couple of articles about youth in the church, lately. One cited a survey by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches that claimed that young people are driven away from church because youth groups are shallow and entertainment driven. The other was from Tony Jones, who is frustrated at “how quickly people abdicate […]