It’s Not All Doom And Gloom

Let say this right up front: last night was not a good night for Americans with a progressive bent. Hell, it wasn’t even a good one for moderates, considering that moderate Republicans are pretty thin on the ground these days. But, are things really as bad as some of the progressive blogs and websites are saying? […]

The Perks of Being a Man?

I’m not going to lie to you, I like being a man. We’ve got a lot going for us, you know. A lot of cool things are either named after us or have “man” in them somewhere: mankind, manhood, woman, human, see what I mean? And, because our we have outdoor plumbing, we don’t have nearly as much […]

The Tragedy of The Redneck Pt II

Yesterday, I began this three-part series 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 […]

That’s Just Common

In “Brother to a Dragonfly“, Will Campbell tells a story about a preacher he knew named Thad Garner. Campbell said Garner was the most profane and profound man he ever knew.  Garner always referred to himself as his church’s mascot, saying “They feed me well. They even love me. They pat me on the head […]

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 […]