Every year many Churches “celebrate” Independence Day in worship services, and with other church related activities. Some have flag strung platforms and echoes of patriotic hymns fill many sanctuaries. Patriotism, and pride in USA are elevated and embraced. The question that has disturbed me more each year, is why? There are many churches holding to the fundamentals of their faith with steadfast … More Jesus Died For Red, White, and Blue…
I have a vision, well actually a nightmare, that since the 1970’s and the rise of Falwellian “moral majority”, that there has been behind the scenes groups of powerful Christians on a covert crusade to take over America. Before you write me off as a conspiracy theorist, just look around. Just observe the Republican/tea party, look … More When Fundamentalist Rule
24 June 2011 will be for some the defining moment that sealed America’s doom. That is the day marriage equality became the law of the land in New York State. Many conservative religious leaders and others within their congregations see this law, not as giving equal rights to a long neglected minority, but rather “THE” … More Marriage Equality And The End Of America?
Growing up I learned a song, I think maybe in my elementary school years, that for some reason popped into my head a few months ago. And then the praise team at one of the churches we attend sang it a few weeks ago. So I started to ruminate about the message of that song and … More And They Will Know We Are Christians By Our…
Over the last few days I have been thinking about sin… …and I have been sinning. If any of you have been reading my blog, even on a semi-regular basis you will know that I consider myself a “sinner” with no claim to any righteousness or holiness ouside of Jesus. So even when I post something … More Hating (Others) Sin
We are in a war! But this conflict not the war that you think. It is not the familiar culture war over abortion rights, gay rights, evolution/creation and whether or not granny can pack some heat to the Sunday morning church meeting. This war is insidious in that people who are supposed to be “on the same side” are actually doing the … More The Gospels’ Saboteur
Last night I witnessed the death of grace in a church, the church I and my family have attended for the past 7 years. The setting was a congregational meeting with the sole purpose of determining whether or not the pastor of the church had the confidence of her members to remain as pastor. The church had … More The Death of Grace
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Paul and Silas to the Philippian jailer “O foolish … More Jumping Through Fundamentalist Hoops
Most of Evangelicalism has presented to the world a false god of our own making. Memo to the world…I am sorry! Memo to God…I am sorry! In my brief tenure as a believer I went from embracing this false god to the following God. The God most of us miss. The Amazing Creator of all things … More The Real God…As Seen By A Finite Man
Interestingly, the religious far right which claims to espouse the Gospel of Christ, presents to the watching world this god! First, he is angry! Angry at anyone who is a Democrat, progressive, liberal. And he is angry about abortion, and “the homosexual agenda”, and feminists, and MSNBC. He is angry at evolutionists and scientists, and university professors and … More Who Is This Right Wing Christian, Republican, Tea Party God?