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 […]

God Has A Plan

Recently, a friend posted the following on Facebook: “Ok…so, allegedly, god loves everyone. So…why does that person have cancer and you do not? Or why did that man’s family die in a tsunami but yours is still here? Why were you born in America and they were born in Rwanda? It seems to me that […]

Shocked And Betrayed

Last week, progressive evangelicals (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) were elated when World Vision announced that they would no longer discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their hiring practices. What’s not to be thrilled about, right?  I mean, a major evangelical organization with a history of treating LGBTQ people as second-class citizens […]

World Vision Doesn’t Believe In The Bible?

For once, being late to the blogging party has actually worked in my favor. I really thought about jumping on the bandwagon and writing something about World Vision’s announcement that it would no longer discriminate against LGBTQ people in its hiring policies. But there was another piece that had a claim on my attention, which is […]

A Downward Movement

A couple of years ago, at a Faithworks Conference in London, Brian McLaren said “The Kingdom of God is not about me but about transforming the world and everything in it“. This is not the first time I’ve heard that sentiment, but McLaren stated better than most.  He went on to say that we put ourselves and […]

A Higher Standard

Have you ever noticed that whenever the subject comes around to sex, the words, “flesh”, “body”, “world” or “worldly” come up? A commenter on Tony Jones’ blog post “Premarital Sex – Maybe It’s Not So Bad” said “Stop lowering the bar for Christian men. No one has died because they couldn’t masturbate. The world says that […]

Cupcakes and World Views

Recently, a friend tweeted “I thought it was about cupcake recipes, but it turns out that The Cupcake Bible is a Bible with a cupcake on the cover.” To which, I replied “Well, that’s disappointing. If it’s not recipes, you’d think they’d at least include some cupcake-related commentary.” After I shared that, I began to […]

Is the Church Failing Young People? Pt VI

It’s Not a Club. Happy Monday, everyone! While that may be an oxymoron for you working stiffs, it’s not for me. Since I’ve retired, every day is like the weekend, which shows just how great a gig retirement truly is. And, on that cheerful note, I’ll dive right into today’s topic: young people wrestle with […]

Religious Morons(s) of the Moment

We’re taking a break from our series about how Jesus changed the world today. I’m doing this because pastor (and use the term loosely) Terry Jones of Florida has done it again. He’s not alone this time, however. He’s backing a movie made by Sam Bacile called “Innocence of Muslims”. Because of that, these two idiots […]