An Open Letter To Parents Of Transgender Kids

Dear Conservative Christian Parents of kids who are transgender; You probably don’t know me, but I know you. I’ve been where you are and I know what you’re going through, right now. Well, not exactly; while I have been a Christian most of my life, I’ve never really been a conservative one. But, I am the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Russell And Bruce

Just so you know, Diana and I are on one of semi-annual trips to God’s Waiting Room (aka Florida) and, as usual, I’m loving it. Does that mean you might see a bunch of shit about how this place inspires me, how I always get a huge creative lift out of being here, how magnificent things are, […]

Pray the Gay Away?

Last week, the President responded to a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site calling for a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors and enact Leelah’s Law, lending his support. As the father of a transgender teen, I couldn’t be happier. But, there are others who don’t share that happiness; mostly conservatives. […]

What A Difference A Gay Makes

Every so often, some caring soul will announce that the only way for this country to avoid God’s wrath is to kill all the gays. Normally, these calls come from preachers, like Tempe, Arizona’s Steven Anderson or Charles Worley of my very own North Carolina.  Monday, we heard this call again; only this time, it came from an […]

Man Up!

First of all, let me say that, although this is primarily addressed to men, it isn’t “just for men”. I only used that picture because I liked the image and couldn’t find one that didn’t have the “prayer meeting” line. That said, I’m not a big fan of the phrase “Man up” because it implies that the […]

Smokescreens

This week has been a good one for The Progressive Redneck. The last two posts have generated some interesting conversation and Wednesday’s piece about modesty is my most popular post yet (if you haven’t read it, go here and see what all the shouting’s about). At the risk of beating a dead horse, I’m going […]

Speaking The Truth In Love: A Response To A Response

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post titled An Open Letter To Those Who “Speak The Truth In Love”. Saying it was a hit is an understatement; right now, it is the second most viewed post on The Progressive Redneck. It received rave reviews and glowing comments, mostly on Facebook since I can’t seem to get people to […]

Imago Dei

Saying that the concept of Imago Dei is not unknown to Christians is an understatement on the order of saying Custer and the Seventh Cavalry had a bad day on the Little Big Horn back in 1876. It’s all over the Bible and has come up in more than one Sunday Sermon. But, for all the hype […]