Let’s Get Ashy!

Today is Ash Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: Lent is here! Ah, yes, that most wonderful time in the liturgical calendar all about prayer, penance and preparation for Easter. And, what better way to kick things off than by  getting your ash on? Yes, friends, today is the day when hipsters and yuppies, […]

A Mystical Experience?

I have written more than once about my problems with the more mystical aspects of Christianity. Some of those issues spring from a mind that may be too analytical for my own good (questioning the virgin birth, miracles, speaking in tongues, etc.), but most of them are related to the absence of a “God” experience […]

My Story Pt III

Today, we come to the third chapter of the saga that is My Story. Monday, I started with the tale of my Leave It To Beaver-ish early years. Wednesday, I laid bare the time I spent as a member of a crazy-ass cult (though exactly a willing one). Today, the story spans a much longer time; almost 30 years […]

My Story Pt II

On Monday, I began telling you about my charismatic/evangelical upbringing. Part I of this story painted a fairly rosy picture of my early years, concluding it by telling you that rosy childhood ended in 1971 when my father met and became friends with Leon Williford. So, let’s pick up the story there. Leon Williford was a […]

It’s That Time Of Year…, Again

By “that time of year”, I mean The Wild Goose Festival is almost here. And, the closer it gets, the more I feel like Wile E. Coyote when he saw an a train bearing down on him. It’s not that I don’t like Wild Goose, it’s an amazing time. But, my preparation ritual for any trip […]

The Need for Church

Recently, Huffington Post published an article by Tara Woodard-Lehman titled Do You Really Need Church? Now, when I think of things I need, I tend to think of the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy. Like, I need food, air and water; I need shelter; I need the medications and healthcare that keep my body from destroying itself. For me, church comes […]

Seeking God

Right up front, let me admit I have a chauvinistic attitude about religion and faith. By chauvinistic, I don’t mean the ugly, in-your-face “I’m better than you” type, more a kinder, gentler “my way is better than yours” kind of thing. Which is a nice way of saying I can be an undercover jerk. This chauvinism usually […]

A Dark Night Gets a Little Lighter

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. As pastor Michael Usey put after the second service, it wasn’t about young people playing “big church”, it was the younger members of our family showing us how the Gospel was revealed in their lives. The lectionary text this year was Exodus 3:1-6. That may not […]