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. …

It Was A Very Good Day

Yesterday was one of the better days I’ve had in quite a while. I spent the morning with my friends at Love Wins and, that evening, I got to experience something everyone should at least once in their life: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live. Now, on their own, those things would qualify …

Who Needs Blood?

In Wednesday’s entry, I said I would try to show you some different ways of looking at the things surrounding Holy Week. One of those is the idea that Jesus had to die a gruesome and bloody death so we could be forgiven for our sins, aka penal substitutionary atonement. It seems an appropriate topic …

Holy Week

Well, it’s Holy Week and I can’t resist the temptation to write about it. The problem is I’m not exactly sure what I want to say. Of course, I could do the whole theological navel-gazing thing and blather on about whether there was a physical resurrection or not. And, there’s always the atonement argument. You …

What Is God?

Disclaimer *Let me say that what you’re  reading here is a Flannery O’Connor quote in action. Is it “I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it”? No, it’s not. How about “Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me”? That’s not it, …

You Just Don’t Get It

Now and then, I hear about churches that just don’t seem to get it. Like the one in the picture shown here, or the church in Raleigh who found homeless people sleeping on their property at night and had them arrested for trespassing, they completely miss what the church is supposed to be about. Once, …

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 …