Way Back in My Long Ago…

When 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;… Continue reading

After Pondering a Bit…

I’m responding with five thoughts on the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I actually have a lot to say because this is my profession, one of my passions, and the foundation of our future as a nation. 1. I am sick to death of the charlatans of religious extremism always using tragedies like this to hop on their bandwagons… Continue reading

The High Price of Hate

I’ve blogged before about how the extremists in religious fundamentalism are killing faith practice in this country. We have further proof: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (a project from the Pew Research Center) reports that in the last 5 years alone, the group of people who self label as having no religious affiliation has gone up 5%… Continue reading

The Enemies Within

The Christian Left Blog has published a recent post entitled The Enemies Within: The 20 Most Dangerous Conservatives And Their Organizations in which Stephen D. Foster Jr. lists and describes the top 20 Americans he believes to be the most influential and dangerous in our country today. This list includes a photo of each person, a brief description of their… 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

Sad & Disgusting

Warning:  if you are one of my really ultra-conservative friends, you might want to skip this post. First, I want to make it perfectly clear that I could care less if Dr. George Rekers is gay, straight, or anything in between.  It makes no difference to me.  That’s his personal business.  Hiring a male prostitute from RentBoy.com to “lift his… Continue reading