Shut Up and Be My Friend

In the past couple of days, I’ve started reading a light-hearted little ditty titled Cancer and Theology, a collection of essays by different authors such as Tony Jones, Brian McLaren and Carol Howard Merritt. I’m less than halfway through and, while I like it, there’s a problem: it’s a rather impersonal. I suppose that’s only natural; while […]

Dirty Words

I heard about David Henson through Mark Sandlin’s The God Article and have found him to be a thoughtful fellow. Today, on his Edges of Faith blog, he says “Whenever I’m angry or frustrated, I tend to say a very nasty, very ugly word. Naturally, I say it often. It starts with an ‘s’ and ends in […]

Are You a Bigot?

Probably not, but you’ve more than likely said bigoted things and didn’t even realize it. You may be wondering if you are a bigot. If you are, that’s a good thing. It means you’re acknowledging that you may have said or done things in the past that were hurtful to others and you don’t want to […]

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’

“Don’t get above your raisin’ ” is one of those uniquely southern sayings, like “Bless your heart”, “How’s your mama and ’em” and any phrase with the word “fixin’ ” in it. You don’t hear it so much anymore, it was dying out as my generation came along. But, I did hear some old-timers use […]

Words Matter

This morning, I was reading Kimberly Knight’s blog on Patheos. Today’s entry started out “Words matter.” The word that mattered in this case was “sissies”. To put in context, she was talking about a Lenten devotional her church is using this season. In the Ash Wednesday entry, the author said the Ash Wednesday service was “Worship […]