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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

It Doesn’t Work That Way

In the past few years, I’ve become aware of something called privilege (I’m a white boy; cluelessness is part of the package). It’s not hard to figure why:  almost every conversation about equality these days involves privilege one way or another. Not only that, the internet is flooded with articles about it. And, almost every one of the […]

The Pope Needs to Read His Bible?

A recent article on Buzzfeed Political reported that evangelicals are struggling with some of Pope Francis’ more liberal comments. Specifically, the ones about salvation and sexuality. In essence, Frankie said that salvation is possible for anyone who lives a moral life (that includes atheists). Not only that, he has made several (almost) accepting statements about […]

An Open Letter to My Non-ally Brothers and Sisters

Guys and gals, Look, I know the open letter thing is a huge cliché that has been run into the ground, but I can’t think of another way to get this message to you. A couple of days ago, UCC pastor and author Kimberly Knight posted on her blog at Patheos a piece titled “12 […]

Really?

You know how it feels when your words come back and bite you in the ass? Yeah, me too. Unfortunately, I think I’m about to experience that once again. The other day, I wrote an article about people calling themselves “spiritual, but not religious” titled, of all things, “Spiritual, But not Religious“.  In it, I talked about how saying […]