Really, God?

During a recent sermon, I was reminded of the story of Naaman. It’s about a powerful dude, Naaman (duh), who has a skin disease and visits Elisha to get some healing. Things go a little sideways because, not only does Elisha fail to treat him with the respect he so richly deserves, he tells the guy to go […]

The Christmas Truce

100 years ago today, something amazing happened. In the midst of the horror that was World War I, men stopped trying to kill each other, came together between the lines and celebrated Christmas. December of 1914 was still early in that epic struggle and both armies had only recently given up mobile warfare and settled […]

Have We Learned Nothing?

Normally, I don’t talk about 9-11 on 9-11, and that’s if I say anything at all (I mean online, in person I won’t shut up). Today, I’m breaking that tradition with the question, have we, as a nation, as citizens of the world, as human beings learned nothing since that awful day in 2001? I ask […]

Um, Really?

Unless you live under a rock, you know the Boy Scouts of America recently allowed gay kids to be in their club. Or, as Jesse Berney said in The Guardian, “There have always been gay children in the Boy Scouts. What changed yesterday is that they won’t kick you out if you tell people you’re […]

Pro-life? Really?

During the past election season, we heard much from the right about abortion and the right to life. Several Republican-led state legislatures attempted to pass laws requiring pretty intrusive measures, like trans-vaginal ultra-sounds and mandatory counseling and waiting periods before the procedure. All this is basically a way to get around Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision […]

No Violence, Please

For all the hoopla about the United States being a Christian nation, we’re not acting like it. We are still embroiled in a war in Afghanistan and the possibility exists that we may similarly be caught up in Iran. I’ve seen two quotations lately that drove this point home. The first is from Mahatma Gandhi, […]

The Current Unpleasantness

Wednesday, I wrote about the unrest caused in Libya and Egypt by an independent film that showed Islam and the prophet Mohammed in, shall we say, a less than flattering light. 5 Americans were killed, including ambassador Chris Stevens. Since then, more information has come to light. Things like supposed film maker doesn’t exist. Well, he […]

A Heinous Act

I had every intention of writing about Chik-fil-a and company president Dan Cathey’s assertion of something we really knew: that the Cathey family and Chik-fil-a are basically anti-gay. But, something happened last night that I can’t ignore. In a crowded movie theater, in the middle of the latest Batman movie, a man in a bullet-proof vest stood and fired […]

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 […]

Part-Time Pacifist

Just when I think the world situation can’t get much worse, something will come along and blow that notion right out of the water. Lately, news from Syria has been the culprit. This poses a special problem for me because I am a part-time pacifist. This is a relatively new developement for me; I only started […]