Angels and Demons

  Spend even a few minutes listening to an evangelical/fundamentalist sermon and it’s almost inevitable that you’ll hear about angels and/or demons. It is a topic our more conservative brothers and sisters are not afraid to embrace. I, on the other hand, usually get uncomfortable when it comes up. I don’t have a problem talking about […]

Saved From What?

Recently, I saw a quote from George Barna, where he said “The United States is one of the largest mission fields in the world. If you took all the unsaved people in the U.S. and made them a nation of their own, it would be the fifth most populous nation on earth today.” To be […]

Was Jesus Real?

There’s a new book out, titled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Amazon describes it as “a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.” As I read that description, I was reminded of an article on CNN about atheists. As usual, they got […]

Good News Indeed

When people hear the name Leo Tolstoy, they almost always think of his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But, Tolstoy wasn’t just a novelist; he was a theologian, too. His interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount led him to Christian Anarchy and pacifism and his writings on nonviolent resistance influenced Gandhi and MLK. Unfortunately, in a big picture […]

Is Social Justice a Codeword?

One the neat things about finding a new voice and reaching out to a new audience is that when you’re struggling for a topic, you can get in your WABAC (pronounced “way-back”) Machine and revisit previous posts. Today, as the title indicates, we’re going to talk about social justice. It’s been almost two years ago […]

Is Walmart the Anti-Christ?

If there is a corporation that is guaranteed to get a progressive, hipster Christian’s drawers in a knot, it’s Walmart. But, contrary to what some might say, Walmart is not evil and it is not the anti-Christ (maybe it is, but we’ll get to that another time). Do they have some crappy business practices? Yes, […]

Can You Be a Christian and a Curmudgeon?

Yesterday, I was doing my bit at Love Wins when the subject of Hugh’s grouchiness came up. I informed everyone that Hugh wasn’t a grouch, he was a curmudgeon. The resulting conversation reminded me of this post I wrote a few months back.   The question “Can you be a Christian and _____” gets asked […]

What I’ve Learned Since the Election

A lot has been said about the last election. It was, no doubt, historic. The first African-American ever elected President of the United States won re-election by a rather decisive margin. He did so with a sputtering economy and an unpopular war on his hands; in doing so, he won the highest vote of any […]

Religion and Politics Pt. II

Talking about religion and politics is getting to be my stock in trade these days. The last time I addressed this aspect of But Not Yet, I said Diana (my significant other) would  frown and say I shouldn’t do it. But, since then, her scorn has diminished and she’s even liked some of my more […]

Are You Ashamed?

I’m beginning to see something that bothers me. I’m hearing conservative Christians say something like “Hey, Amendment One passed, so you guys just need to shut up and deal with it”. To my knowledge, it’s not some organized effort to shut up those of us who are fighting for marriage equality. Most of what I’m […]