God Loves Us Anyway

Like most of you, I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo over the past week and a half. I haven’t said much about it, in part because I didn’t know what to say. I keep hoping I’ll get up in the morning and see that tensions have de-escalated and the folks in that […]

Does The Church Have Its Head Up Its Ass?

Recently, my brother sent me the following Facebook message: “I was thinking about why there are so many assholes in Christianity. It occurred to me that Christ attracts broken people. Just because they accept grace doesn’t automatically make angels out of assholes. No excuse for behavior Jesus would cringe over. But it does explain some […]

The Easter Chicken

In my last post, I included an excerpt from Will D. Campbell’s Brother to Dragonfly where he talks about a conversion moment in his life that occurred during a conversation with his friend, P. D. East. East was a newspaper publisher and journalist who, by advocating complete integration in 1960’s Mississippi, pretty much destroyed his journalistic […]

What You Don’t Know

I saw this online recently and wanted to tell the poster, “What you don’t know is that the girl in front of you with the iPhone may have just lost her job and her service hasn’t been cut off yet. Or maybe uses food stamps to feed her kids because her insufficient paycheck is enough to […]

Progressive Redneck?

In the very first article for The Progressive Redneck, I said that, while I am pretty progressive, I still have a few redneck tendencies. I also said that I’d go into detail about that in another post. Well, this is that post. This piece has been on the back burner for about a month now, percolating and coming together. […]

Love the Sinner

I’m going throw a little twist at you today. We all know that old chestnut “Hate the sin, love the sinner”. And, if you know me, you know how much I’ve come to despise that phrase. I despise it because it has, in my opinion, been used to justify hatred, discrimination and oppression of LGBT […]

Changing My Life

Two nights ago, Will D. Campbell, author, pastor, civil rights activist and general rabble-rouser, passed away. I became acquainted with Brother Will through Hugh Hollowell, who credits Campbell’s work as the reason he became a pastor running a ministry serving an at-risk population. Both Hugh and another friend, Lia Scholl (the one and only @roguereverend) […]

I’m Related to People Like That

A few years ago, I heard comedian Blake Clark (of “Home Improvement and numerous Adam Sandler movies) talking about seeing the movie “Sling Blade” with his wife in Los Angeles. Clark is from Georgia and his wife is from Texas and they had a different response to the movie than their fellow theater-goers: like every other […]

The Tragedy of the Redneck Pt I

Will D. Campbell once said “ The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.” A good explanation of that line comes from his book “Brother to a Dragonfly”. In speaking about a conversion moment he had after realizing his social liberal creed was no different from the fundamentalist creed of his youth, […]

That’s Just Common

In “Brother to a Dragonfly“, Will Campbell tells a story about a preacher he knew named Thad Garner. Campbell said Garner was the most profane and profound man he ever knew.  Garner always referred to himself as his church’s mascot, saying “They feed me well. They even love me. They pat me on the head […]