Rethinking Grace

This morning, I read an excerpt of Phillip Yancey’s book “Church: Why Bother” where he told a story about going to an AA meeting with a friend. The man told Yancey he thought he would like the meeting because it was a snapshot of what the early church must have looked like. The man also […]

Pacifism vs. Reality

In a piece for Huffington Post about nonviolence, John Dear included the following: “Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth, in thought, word, or deed,” Gandhi wrote. “I am certain that if we want to bring about peace in the world, there is no other way except that of nonviolence. One person who can […]

The Tragedy of The Redneck Pt III

Yesterday, I began this three-part series here (Part II here). It’s based on a quote from Baptist pastor, author and social activist Will D. Campbell, who said “The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.”  I will say up front there is some hard language on race here. If you get offended, don’t say I didn’t warn […]

Shepherds in the Field

Well, tomorrow is the big day, the one we’ve been waiting for. Some of us waiting expectantly in tradition of Advent, but most waiting to celebrate Christmas. Funny thing, that. A great many celebrants will be missing the point completely because Christmas isn’t really for a lot of the people who celebrate it. Christmas has become […]

A Slippery Slope?

Just the other day, I asked the question “Have Republicans gone crazy”, giving several examples of their over-the-top rhetoric. That was only a smattering, because there are plenty more out there and some of them deserve a full entry of their own and that’s the case today. As I was going through my morning routine […]

Are You Ashamed?

I’m beginning to see something that bothers me. I’m hearing conservative Christians say something like “Hey, Amendment One passed, so you guys just need to shut up and deal with it”. To my knowledge, it’s not some organized effort to shut up those of us who are fighting for marriage equality. Most of what I’m […]

Give ‘Em Break?

This is not a good morning. I’m sitting here at my desk, trying to write while fighting back nausea that’s not solely due to chemotherapy. To say that I’m unhappy about Tuesday’s decision on Amendment One is putting it mildly. Frankly, it makes me sick. A few other appropriate adjectives would be outraged, aggrieved, infuriated, offended; […]