Recently it was brought to my attention that there is a “support group” the Buffalo NY area that is geared toward helping family and friends deal with “The Burden of ….” this particular issue. I find it fascinating that a religiously sponsored group can use the word “burden” to describe another group of people. I … More The Burden Of…
The 13-year-old pregnant girl sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend… The 24-year-old gay man beaten into a coma after coming out of a gay bar… The 52-year-old man experiencing a horrible, painful death at the hands of the State… The kindergarten/ first grade children shot to death by an insane teenager… The … More What Christians Forget
The other day I was perusing through Yahoo News and came across an article discussing our Vice President’s speech concerning the rights of LGBT people and how imperative it was for America to be at the forefront of protecting individuals in the gay community around the world. I felt that what he had to say … More I Do Not Hate The Homos
“We have to stand up against immorality,” the rotund pastor in the Hugo Boss suit bellows, “If we don’t the Gospel of Jesus will be lost.” Thus, with that pronouncement, the Gospel is transformed into a bully pulpit against promiscuity, abortion, marriage equality or any other “morally reprehensible” acts not committed by those within the … More (Not The Gospel) Of Jesus
I have tried…really I have… to stay away from the whole Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) controversy, but I feel that there is an important point being missed in the shrill rebukes of the Conservative and Fundamentalist right. But I will not belabor what hundreds if not thousands of bloggers, journalists, and cable news commentators have … More It’s About More Than An Anus
“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last … More Neglecting The More Important Things
There comes a point where any sensible human being needs to take a stand and shout from the highest building “Enough Already!” What am I talking about? Allow me to elaborate. Last month, Bryan Fischer, James Dobson, and a few other” leaders” of the fundamentalist, far right once again blamed the LGBT community and it’s nefarious plans … More Enough Already!
Church attendance is in steep decline and it has been for quite a few years. Church leaders respond by preaching sermons, writing books, releasing pod casts blaming the culture, media, the public school system, politicians, everyone and everything but themselves and their congregants. Yet, if any one group has done more to confuse the non-believer, … More How To Turn “Heathen” Away From Jesus.
“A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” I have heard this quote with more frequency in the last few years. I like it, but is it really true. Here are a few vignettes and then my thoughts. 1980’s-Televangelist Jim Bakker accused of misappropriating money given to his … More Walking The Talk Or Just Babbling
Over the years we have seen a number of cultural/political/religious issues attached to the Gospel message to help us identify someone as in or out of the christian club. These issues pit person against person, church against church. Bothers and sisters in Christ minimizing and demonizing those that do not agree or believe exactly the … More Litmus Test….