Broken? Part II

The whole broken people/original sin thing is kind of big deal to Christians, conservative and progressive alike. They tend to look at in different ways, though.  For those of a more conservative bent, original sin and the brokenness of humanity is a given. It’s one of those absolute truths some folks like to talk about: it […]

Coming Out

I have a deep, dark confession to make: I am…, a nerd. I realize this may come as a shock to most of you, but it’s true. I was born this way and I’m tired of living a lie. I am exactly the way God made me and I’m cool with that. You should be, […]

Finding a New Way Home

Yesterday, whether you know it or not, we celebrated the Epiphany, commemorating (at least in western tradition) the visit of the Magi and Jesus being revealed to the Gentiles. Actually, today (January 6th) is the Epiphany, but it’s hard enough to get people into church on a Sunday that isn’t Easter or Christmas, so most […]

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 […]

True Stories

I learned a long time ago that a story can be truthful without being true. I can’t remember where I came up with that, but I’m sure I read it somewhere. I’m just not deep enough to think of something like that without help. But, since I can’t remember where or when I might have […]

I Take it Back

Yesterday was one of those days. I dropped my phone and cracked the screen, found out getting a trailer hitch installed on my car was a lot harder than I thought and, oh yeah, agitated quite a few folks here at But Not Yet. Last night, I was starting to feel a little beat up […]

A New Parable?

There’s a story circulating on the internets about a pastor named Jeremiah Steepek. In this tale, Steepek has just been appointed to a new church and his first Sunday isn’t like that of most pastors. He shows up to his new 10,000 member charge dressed as a man who is homeless (see picture at left) […]

Whose Truth?

I don’t write about the Catholic Church much. Not so much because I disagree with them, but because they are outside my frame of reference. I’ve only been to a couple of Catholic services in my life and, as a southerner, that whole hierarchy and papal infallibility thing makes me itch. If I don’t write […]

“Truth In Love”?

That’s a statement you’ll hear a lot from fundamentalist Christians. In fact, it ranks right up there with “Hate the sin, love the sinner” in its use. The only problem is they’re using it wrong, because there’s not a lot of love in some Christian’s speech when it comes to the LGBT community. I’m on my […]

S-A-V-E-D

There’s an old gospel song that goes by that name. The first verse goes: “Some folks jump and down all night and d-a-n-c-e, while others go to church to show brand new h-a-t. And, on their face, the put great gobs of p-a-i-n-t and then, they’ll have the brass to say they’re s-a-v-e-d. Chorus: It’s g-l-o-r-y to know I’m that […]