Tax Religion: Corporate Owned & Operated Jesus Factories

Selling the Joel Osteen Brand of Corporate-Owned Jesus Where two or more are gathered in my name, charge them $850 for the good seats! Yes, that’s the cost of the best seats at this year’s Joel Osteen Tour at Yankee Stadium. Praise the Lord! Osteen will be hocking his brand and products at the event—selling everything Osteen. Praise the Lord!… Continue reading

Reflecting on Those “Underserved” after being “Ravaged by Abuse”

The New York Times is reporting that Bob Jones University is faulted for halting an abuse study. The first paragraph starts with a bang and gets more heartbreaking from there. GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist… Continue reading

Christian Taliban? [Updated]

From time to time I’ve used the expression “Christian Taliban” in my blog posts. I want to make certain people understand what I mean by that, as well as what I don’t mean. What I Don’t Mean I don’t mean that Christians are like the Taliban. Most Christians in my experience are basically good people who try to be kind… Continue reading

Freedom and The New Tyranny

I’ve witnessed the oddest thing in my lifetime—something I never could have imagined. As a child, I attended an ultra conservative christian school where I was taught about the separation of church and state. The church in these United States of America was to enjoy a freedom from the tyranny of government. The church was to stay out of politics… Continue reading

Get Me My Damned Flying Monkeys! NOW!!!!

If this is true, and I suspect that it is, then it makes me very, very angry! Vacant Houses Outnumber Homeless People in U.S. Posted on Dec 31, 2011 There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA. Since 2007, banks have shuttered about 8 million… Continue reading

No Other Name Under Heaven

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Source: Acts 4:12 (NIV) Christ. Follow Christ. Be a Christian. The central message of the New Testament. Many Americans have even begun to use being “Christian” as a litmus test for the presidency. This month I… Continue reading

A Sermon that Resonates

I stumbled upon this by accident. Normally, I’m not patient enough to watch a YouTube video that’s 18 minutes long. But Dr. Ray immediately caught my attention with his concept of the Canon within the Canon. What he says in this short sermon resonates deeply with me. The message of the real Christ of the Canon is social justice. Faith… Continue reading

We Need a Populist Movement—Part 5: Faith Practice

Image via Wikipedia What is the central theme of all of Judeo-Christian faith according to the writings protestant and Catholic believers alike call their holy scriptures—the greatest commandment from God, the central tenet, the core, the essence and centerpiece of all of Christianity? I’m assuming my conservative, religious friends know the answer to this. It came directly from the mouth… Continue reading

The Immorality of the Morality Police

I recently was in a very large church facility.  My visit had nothing to do with the church.  The event managers had simply secured this facility for the event.  I was sickened by what I saw. The people of this church have built a mega-multi-million dollar facility.  It was beyond enormous.  The power bill alone would be beyond the entire… Continue reading

Let Me Blow Your Mind…

Image via Wikipedia So here’s a mind-blowing question for everyone. Can you even entertain it? Can you play, “What if…”? Are you capable of this? I’m going to guess that you are not — especially if you are an extremely religious person, but we’ll see. Now remember, this is just a “What if…” mental exercise. OK: The Setup Most of… Continue reading