Go Home GQ, You’re Drunk

  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a literature major and if I’ve learned anything in my study of belles-letters, it’s that fiction hasn’t fared very well in this postmodern world. I don’t mean quality-wise; there’s plenty of fiction out there that holds its own with Hemingway, Hurston, or Fitzgerald. For example, Margaret Atwood tackles Christian […]

The Man We Thought We Knew

The long-awaited sequel/prequel/draft/who-the-hell-knows-what-it-is to Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” hit the shelves yesterday. Titled “Go Set A Watchman“, the novel has some folks stirred up. Why? Because, in this story, Atticus Finch (aka the greatest literary character ever) turns out to be a racist and a segregationist. That’s a bit awkward, isn’t it? […]

A Preview Part Deux

Earlier this month, I told you about the book I’m writing and teased you with the promise of more excerpts.  Never being one to go back on my word (okay, “never” is a bit strong), here is a little more: On on the title of the book: “I’ve wanted to write a book for quite […]

A Preview

Everything I read about publishing  these days is telling me that, unless I sign with one of the publishing giants, I’ll the one responsible for promoting any book I write.  So, dear readers, you’re going to be subjected to me pimping my first effort at publishing a book.  As I said last week, the title […]

An Announcement

Regular readers here may have noticed that I’ve cut back on my posting from 5 days a week to 3.  In the possibility that someone actually cares why I’ve done this, I’ll tell you.  The truth is I’m writing a book.  It seems a logical progression, going from blog to book.  A couple of people over […]

Be the Church!

A while back (yes, I was goofing off instead of working), I was surfing Youtube and found this audio clip.  Way of the Master Radio was a satellite radio program sponsored by The Way of the Master.  This is a Christian Evangelical group headed by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort.  I’ve tried to see where they’re coming from […]

Theology Lite

I’ve noticed that certain popular “spiritual” programs, books, etc. have a few things in common. For one thing, they don’t require a lot of serious thought. Case in point, Sunday school lessons based on television shows of the past. There’s the Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, […]

It’s Not About Me.

Last February, Maria McKay wrote an article for Christianity Today about Brian McLaren was speaking at the Faithworks Conference in London.  In it, she summed up Mclaren’s message with this statement: “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 Ms Mackay […]

“Entitlement Thieves”?

 Yesterday, I let me my snarky side out to play.  You already know that if you read the post about “Christian” movies.  But, that wasn’t the only smart-ass thing I said.  A friend of mine who is infinitely more conservative than I am (which is not that hard, I’ll admit) posted the following joke as […]

Raw Grace

Rob Bell was interviewed in the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine.  In talking about how some people seem threatened by an image of Jesus that encompasses openness and inclusion, he said “I think grace_ pure, raw, true, 100 percent grace_ is always a disruptive force to whatever religious systems have built themselves up as arbiters of […]