The Guy’s Guide to Naming Your Junk

Usually essays like this are titled “The Gentleman’s Guide to _________”. While writing such an study would pose an interesting challenge, it’s not realistic. Not only do gentlemen refrain from naming their junk, they would never refer to their wedding tackle like that. In fact, a true gentleman works hard to give the impression that […]

Stupid Thoughts

I don’t think anyone will disagree with me when I say we have been treated to some truly awful shit of late. Then, to have it capped off by what happened in Orlando last weekend is just too…fucking…much. Now, when things get rough, my response is to look for some bit of humor, something to laugh […]

What Does “Alice in Wonderland” Have to Do With HB 2?

Last year, in a moment of what can only be called “insanity”, I decided that continuing my education would be a nice thing to do with all the time on my hands since retiring. While it has been…, let’s say, challenging, at some points, at others, it has been incredibly interesting. Take, for instance, the banned book essay […]

Diddling For Demons?

Today, my friends, we’re going down the dark, creepy rabbit hole that is fundamentalist Christian sexual concepts. The one we’re looking at today involves demons; which should tell you just how fucked up things are in that realm. If reading something that makes you feel like you’ll never be clean again isn’t your bag, you may […]

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 […]

Good Christian Sex

You know, after the walk down Creepy Street I took while researching Monday’s post about purity culture, I didn’t think I could find something worse. But, I did; much, much worse. A few hours after writing that post, I stumbled across a new site called Biblical Gender Roles. With a name like that, you know […]

Purity Culture

God’s Will or Oddly Repulsive? One of the weirder and, let’s face it, creepier aspects of conservative Christianity is its obsession with sex. And, nowhere is that more apparent than something known as “purity culture”. Now, some of you may be wondering “What the hell is ‘purity culture’?” Well, according to No Shame Movement, it […]

Of Frogs, Pants and “Promoting Sin”

A couple of months ago, I pretty much swore off stories about Franklin Graham. The guy is a broken record, bitching about the “gays”, the “muslims” and President Obama and I was approaching burnout where he’s concerned. That all changed this morning when I read this Facebook status he posted yesterday: Yes, beloved, the Muppets […]

Is The Double Standard Crumbling?

  Sometime in the last year or so, I started getting email notifications from Relevant magazine with links to current stories appearing in the print version. You’re probably wondering why a somewhat progressive, curmudgeonly old fart like me hasn’t unsubscribed from a Christian magazine aimed at millenials; especially one that has ties to Strang Communications, […]

Esther’s Story

So, yesterday’s sermon at College Park Baptist Church was based on the story of Esther. I hear a lot of people who say this is their favorite one in the bible. And, really, who can blame them? The tale of Esther is great storytelling and has everything you could ever want: intrigue, revenge, misogyny, sex, violence. […]