Archives for January 2012

“Where was God when my 9-year-old son was drugged and raped?”

This was sent me last week: Dear John, I am a secular humanist who practices Buddhism. I am writing to you because I appreciate your writings regarding people like me who do not follow Jesus. I would like to share some of my history with you, and explain why I no longer follow god. [Read more…]

An Unclean Spirit: A Sermon by Pastor Bob

“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” [Read more…]

What?! Mark Driscoll a Pinhead?

Yesterday a young man wrote to ask why I thought so many people are attracted to the preaching and teaching of Mark “Stop Looking At My Hair” Driscoll. And really: stop looking at his hair. A faux-hawk is certainly a legitimate hairstyle choice. Especially for a pastor! Why, it’s like it’s trying to pull his [Read More…]

John Shelby Spong’s Seriously Supportive Statement

This morning John Shelby Spong was kind enough to write and send me this: John Shore is a gadfly, calling the Christian Church everywhere to act the way it says it believes about love and justice, which of course makes him an uncomfortable presence in those churches that do not like to be forced to [Read More…]

When Etta James had her way with me

Right there, in front of all sixteen of us, Etta James became Etta James. [Read more…]

ECO, the New Anti-Gay Presbyterian Denomination: Cowardly Lions

As you may know, this past summer the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) decided to allow the ordination of gay clergy. Yesterday a new Presbyterian denomination was born: the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians—or, for short, ECO. (As opposed to echo, which is a hollow, after-the-fact, ever-diminishing noise. So, you know—it’s not that.) ECO was formed by [Read More…]

God, Tim Tebow, and the Ultimate Reality Show

A few nights ago I got in this letter about Tim Tebow: This year, many Christians I know have been thrilled by Tim Tebow and his well-publicized Christianity. I don’t have any problem with that. However, some of them have taken it a step further, and implied or stated that God is looking favorably upon [Read More…]

“Being gay is a sin. I spread love to the world.”

In the comments section to my recent post, An Open Letter From Christians to Gay People, a guy showed up using the screen name “The Word.” Here is most of what “The Word” wrote: I’m a Christian. I strive towards becoming Christ like in all aspects of my life. But I fail; I fail miserably [Read More…]

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“Come and See,” a sermon by Pastor Bob

“If you have wondered if there really can be meaning to this life, come and see. If you ache with a pain that soaks up any good feelings, come and see. If you are deliriously happy, content, and full beyond compare, come and see.” [Read more…]