My Story Pt IV

Those of you who have stuck with the long slog through my life are in luck: today is the 4th and final installment in this tale. And, the pay-off for all your hard work is a relatively happy ending. So, let’s get to it. Yesterday, I ended with this tidbit: “At the time, my oldest […]

Is It Possible?

I began blogging a little over four years ago, after my first bout with cancer and a heart issue caused by the chemotherapy. I mention that because it’s sort of thing makes you take stock of your life and I did. It was then that I began to realize my long-held conservative values  were at odds […]

What You Don’t Know

I saw this online recently and wanted to tell the poster, “What you don’t know is that the girl in front of you with the iPhone may have just lost her job and her service hasn’t been cut off yet. Or maybe uses food stamps to feed her kids because her insufficient paycheck is enough to […]

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. […]

Justice and Mercy

As a good  mediocre progressive Christian , I have a different view of justice and mercy than someone with a more conservative outlook. That difference of opinion is a pretty stark highlight of the distinction between the two views. This week, I’ve seen two examples of that difference and I want to share them with you.  First, a […]

On the “Other”

Other _ view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. The action of othering is not unknown to progressive Christians. We see it every day in the way minorities are treated, the way LGBT people are routinely dehumanized and the poor are blamed for being poor. What’s harder to […]

Listen Up

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, some of my conservative friends have posted stories about white people being attacked by black folks. They are almost always accompanied by the question of why these stories aren’t getting the amount of media attention that Trayvon Martin’s did. I find myself wondering if many of my progressive […]

How Firm a Foundation?

I have a need for routine. Due to a nice dollop of Attention Deficit Disorder, if I don’t follow at least a few, nothing gets done. Unfortunately my ADD is accompanied by a soupçon of Obsessive Compulsive disorder, which can make finding a balance a little challenging. While my love of routine rarely lasts all day, […]

Poor Paula

By now, the whole world knows that Paula Deen is a racist. They know she used an ugly word and said some despicable things and holds some disgusting attitudes about African-Americans. She has lost her television show on the Food Network and has been roundly castigated in the media for what she said. If there’s […]

Kind of Like This…, But, Sinnier

The idea of sin is one that concerns Christians no matter what they believe. What is sin, how do I keep from sinning, what happens when I sin, etc; these are questions we all ask. All too often the answers we get are…, not good, not good at all. They’re not good because they have […]