Way Back in My Long Ago…

Devil Tempts ChristWhen I was a little boy I was taught this Bible story about the devil tempting Jesus. The story appears in the gospels:

5. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor;

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Uniquely Positioned to Shed Some Light

Trump and BibleIntroduction

In the last few weeks I have seen one too many Facebook posts (typically linking to desperate articles) from my Pensacola Christian School classmates of yore clumsily trying to justify Donald Trump as the “moral choice” in this election. That absurdity is what prompted me to write this post. Those of us who grew up in the fundamentalist movement … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots

White FeatherMy grandfather had a wonderful, old, southern expression, “You could have knocked me over with a feather.” Richly descriptive, he used that twist of phrase to describe those moments when he was flabbergasted by the incredulous. I have to admit that, as I get to an age when I feel as though I should be able to say, “I’ve seen … Continue reading

Didn’t Learn a Thing from Their Racist Roots, Sadly

Southern Baptist SignThe Southern Baptist Convention closes its convention today issuing the statement below. I emboldened their statement to facilitate more easily differentiating between their statement and my editorial comments. [Editorial comments in brackets are mine.]

As Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics [I could make a long list of broken commitments.]. As a result, this

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Well Happy-Doodle-Doo! Someone Is Finally Being Honest!

Al Mohler, Photo by James Thompson
Al Mohler, Photo by James Thompson

The leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Albert Mohler, spoke the truth yesterday at the Southern Baptist Convention. His words should jar the religious conservatists to the bone!

Look I really don’t fear- It’s really important that you and … every other pastor needs to say “I’m not going to perform

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Friends Who Make Me Think

I love having friends who make me think—make me think new thoughts, thoughts I hadn’t considered before. Sharon is such a friend to me. I’ll come back to this in a moment. But first…

I went to the dermatologist this week. A “thing” near my temple looks like it might be a basal cell carcinoma. They took a biopsy. … Continue reading

Christianity and Social Justice

“The analogy of good firefighters helps us understand…”

The poor you have with you always.” —Jesus

And with that people who self label as Christians dismiss any obligation to help anyone but their religious leaders as they seek to curry God‘s favor and reap the bountiful blessings they believe are due them. It’s just easier.

I stumbled upon… Continue reading

Religious Corporate Personhood

David Green Hobby Lobby Corporate Office
David Green (Net worth $5.1 billion according to Forbes) at Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Office

What could be better than corporations being counted as living breathing people in our “democracy?”

What could be better than allowing corporations to contribute as much money to politicians as they want, because money is free speech! Corporations are people. People are entitled to … Continue reading

Attend Bob Jones University?

Moms and dads , if you can read and watch this and still bless your child’s attendance at Bob Jones University, I simply have no respect for you. None.
I‘ve written a lot about my former alma mater, Bob Jones University. But, you know, the truth is: I want to stop writing about this family business. I… Continue reading

And Man Became a Living Soul [Updated]

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 21st-century America, I am feeling less and less like a living soul and more and more like a collection of data points. I place the blame for this at the feet of the American church. The church has, as the Bible refers to it, “lost its savor.1

Glowing Surveillance NetworkToday’s Sorry State of Affairs

I think that most … Continue reading