We Did it. We Really Did it

In the last week, two institutions that I have put a lot of faith in have let me down in rather dramatic ways. First, the United Methodist Church voted to keep divisive and hurtful language in the Discipline (their rulebook) that says “While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to […]

The New Jim Crow?

In 1875, the state of North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment about marriage. This one declared “all marriages between a white person and a Negro or between a white person and a person of Negro descent to the third generation inclusive are, hereby, forever prohibited.” Now, when this amendment passed, there were no “activist judges” who […]

Silent No More

I’ve spent quite a few years as a card-carrying Methodist and I can tell you, nothing makes a Methodist more uncomfortable than the disruption of the orderly flow of whatever’s going on. Methodists are obsessed with order and discipline. Hell, the name of the denomination’s rule book is “The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church”. So […]

How NOT to Love Your Neighbor

I get accused (by well-meaning friends and family) of only talking about what I think is wrong with the world in general and the Christian community in particular. I do listen and, every now and then, step down off my soapbox for a little while. But, every time I promise myself that I’m going to start being […]

Hypocrites and Pharisees Pt. II

Yesterday, I wrote a post titled Hypocrites and Pharisees that stirred up some discussion on the Outlaw Pastors Facebook page.  It was about two gay men being assaulted in the parking lot of a church that is pastored by one of the men’s father.  In the post, I took the Church (universal) to task for allowing such a thing […]

Hypocrites and Pharisees

Two weeks ago, Jerry Pittman Jr. and his partner, Dustin Lee, attempted to attend services at Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland, Tn.  I say “attempted” because they never got past the parking lot.  As they got out of their car, 3 men approached and attacked them, one man “smashed” Pittman with the car door while another pushed Lee back, punching in […]