A Very Low Bar

So, Pope Francis has spoken and, once again, progressive Christians have swooned over how forward thinking he is. An article from LiberalAmerica on his latest interview gushes “…this new Pope reveals refreshingly candid, humble, and open-minded views on many subjects.” Everything Francis has said falls into the moderate category at best, so why are we […]

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 […]

Emperor Jesus?

I have a confession to make: I’m less than comfortable with the phrase “Kingdom of God”. In fact, I almost break out in a rash every time I hear it. And, don’t even think about what happens when I use it myself. That also includes phrases like “Lord”, “King of Kings” and all that other […]

If You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat?

For those of you who don’t know, I was a career firefighter until I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to retire. I also live in North Carolina. As a result, the majority of people I know are pretty conservative, which exposes me to a lot of conservative talk and ideas. One is the […]

From a White Man

Last night, I watched “Open Conversation Take 2: Toward Mutual Liberation“. Well, I watched part of it. It ran kinda long and one of the people I really wanted to hear, Kimberly Knight, lost her internet connection and wasn’t able to participate. But, it also had Anthony Smith, Steve Knight and Holly Roach, people I like and […]

It’s Liberating

In the 2008 presidential elections, many of us were introduced to something called liberation theology when Reverend Jeremiah Wright caught the attention of the Republican party apparatus.  I’ve read and seen much of what Reverend Wright has to say and most of it is very similar to things I’ve said here.  Unfortunately, his words have twisted […]