A New Series Pt V: Humility

In his book, Praying with John Wesley, David A. deSilva introduces us to Anglican Bishop Jeremy Taylor, who had a great influence on Wesley. deSilva says “In his Rule and Exercise of Daily Living, Taylor wrote that humility was the virtue that distinguished Christianity from worldly wisdom, being taught first not by the ancient moralists but by Jesus.” In his […]

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 […]

Of Dogs and Unconditional Love

[youtube FRJyieYGEI0] The scene at the beginning of this post is my favorite from one of my favorite Disney/Pixar movies. Don’t look at me like that, it’s a good movie with nice message. In fact, while most Disney movies send abominable messages to young people, Pixar films seem to go the opposite direction. For example, […]

Republican Jesus

I don’t know if you’ve heard the term “Republican Jesus” or not, but you’ve seen the results of the thinking behind it all over the place. According to Uncyclepedia, “Republican Jesus is the central figure in the Republican religion” and is “most certainly white-skinned (as pictured right) even though he (unfortunately) comes from the Middle […]

Does You Really Think He Cares?

Friday, I shared the picture to the left on Facebook. I like it because it’s nice and snarky. I’ll admit I shared it to get a rise out of people. And, it worked. Within a few minutes, a friend of mine said ” I really don’t think its appropriate to refer to Jesus Christ as a hippie freak”.  […]

Spiritual But Not Religious

     To be perfectly honest, this phrase has always smacked of copping out to me.  Yes, I’m aware a lot of that is rooted in my own prejudice.  And, yes, I know there are plenty of people adhere to other beliefs, things like Buddhism or other eastern faiths.  I know that some people don’t really have a specific belief system and […]

Bringing The Kingdom to Earth

With my dad in the hospital this week, my writing schedule has suffered some interruptions.  I apologize for that and, to keep you occupied until I can get back to some semblance of normal, I offer this entry from a earlier version of But Not Yet: While perusing a new blog I’ve started following, Hacking Christianity, […]