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 […]

Drive-by Evangelism

If you live in Greensboro, there is a distinct possibility that you’ve seen this car. Lest you think this is a crazy, one-off occurrence,  let me assure that it’s not. I took this photo at a certain home improvement center on S. Elm Street in Greensboro last fall. Then, just a few months ago, I […]

What The Hell, People?

In the past 24 hours, it has come to my attention that: A majority of Republicans believe the President is actually a Muslim. That just as many think he wasn’t born in the U. S., while 40% of that same group believe that Ted Cruz was. More than 60% want to amend the Constitution to […]

Pentecost Is Upon Us

Well, beloved, yet another Pentecost Sunday is upon us. For those of you poor, benighted, non-mainline souls who don’t know what I’m talking about, Pentecost is the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks which celebrates the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. It is significant in the Christian world because it commemorates […]

Worthy Of Death?

So, it seems that Milledgeville’s Ten Commandments “Church” has put up this sign in front of their building:               I wish I could tell you this is from one of those church sign generator sites or has been photo-shopped, but I can’t. Well, I suppose I could, but I’d be lying […]

Some People Are Just Assholes

More than a few progressives are troubled by the letters of the Apostle Paul and for good reason. Paul’s letters seem to condone misogyny, slavery and other forms of oppression in countless ways. But, perhaps even more troubling, his letters also contain some pretty good theology and have played a part in making us progressive Christians who […]

Courageous?

Recently, I saw this picture on Facebook and it rankled. It’s from the movie,  Courageous.  I don’t know much more about it than what I see in this picture and I’m kind of glad about that. Because anything that presents this image of fatherhood isn’t exactly what you’d call my cup of tea. If you’re wondering why, […]

An Open Letter To Those Who “Speak The Truth In Love”

I want to speak to my conservative brothers and sisters right now. You guys have been using the phrase in the title quite a bit these days and, while I know this expression sounds nice, the truth is it’s  a dog-whistle phrase. And, by that I mean “an innocuous statement which is designed to trigger previously indoctrinated bigotry & […]

A New Commandment I Give You

Like most writers, I keep a list of topics that I can’t use right away. The reasons vary; often, I might think an idea has merit, but don’t know how to approach it. Or, just as often, I’m in the middle of something else and can’t develop it right then. Sometimes, these things just click […]

Stop Putting Words In My Mouth

Recently, I read a blog post titled “Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins”.  In it, the author tells us that “Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10″ but “it is different from all the rest, at least right now.” Right off the bat, I saw a problem: namely, that Paul never mentions “homosexuality” […]