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Starve a Child, Save a Gay
I was in Nashville when the text message arrived: "Have you kept...
Fred Phelps: Life of Fear
I'm not proud of it but there have been people I have...
Making Jesus Famous
There is a new phraseology making the rounds in Evangelical circles. I've...
Beneath the Rising Jesus
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes...
A World without God
We hear it all the time. How we've moved into a post-Christian...
God's Downton Abbey: The Cheney Feud
It takes a lot to get me to feel anything remotely empathetic...
Obamacare's Sticker Shock
I voted for Obama twice. After President George W. Bush foolishly...
The Jesus Haint
She crooked her finger at me, right there in the middle of...
A Ministry Born of Pain
It's Miz Shelby here again. I'm guest posting today from Guatemala...
The Trinity of Unemployment, Addiction & Depression
Editor's Note: When I wrote about the Biscuit Outlaw and...
The Biscuit & Black Coffee Outlaw
Sunday morning started with four cups of flour and Mama's biscuit-cutter. There...
Did this administration "off" Michael Hastings?
I'm not much of one for conspiracy theories. Oh, I've watched the...
Another Newspaper Shake-down
I grew up in a home absent of newspapers. Oh, to...
Flushing the Progressive Pin
I'll confess it right up front: I have passed menopause and moved...
Momma of God
I was talking with a friend from New Orleans the other day....
John Paulk's Apology.. and mine
I interviewed John Paulk years ago for a feature in a Conservative...
I believe in Jesus BUT...
What if I told you I believe in Jesus BUT I...
Panhandling with the Silent Child
The sermon wasn't particularly in-depth. What is there to say on...
When I was growing up in the Bible Belt no one ever...
So while I was busy wrapping up the manuscript for my upcoming...
Saying Yes to Gay Marriage: National Cathedral
Congress gave it the designation of the National House of Prayer. ...
Hagel: Right Man for the Job
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would undoubtedly complain if Jesus Christ himself was...
And then they partied..
The Gift of Christmas
The men are all gathered around the TV. Daughter Shelby is hanging...
I wish the Mayans were right
For the past four months it has felt like somebody pushed my...
Shaming God: Embarrassing Evangelicals
Sometimes it is downright embarrassing to be an evangelical. Oh, I'm not...
Selling Water by the River: Book Giveaway
What does he mean, the Bible as metaphor? Mama asked. Oh....
Expecting a Political Messiah
She sat in the pastor's office, a blubbering heap. I just...
I Wonder Why
I wonder why it is that Believers are willing to speak out...
And Now A Word from Your Local Undecided
Church Affiliation: Wooing Voters
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Graham & Romney
Rev. Billy Graham has come out and essentially endorsed Mitt Romney for President....
The Shoe on the Other Foot
What if - Obama was overheard saying: "If my dad had been...
The Problem with Talk Radio
Not that I'm a genius or anything close to it but...
Have you ever noticed that the dying are far more discerning about...
Colorado Shooting: Guns & Cameras
Here's the thing I hate most in the aftermath of tragedies like...
This presidential election: Why I don't care
I don't care who will win the upcoming presidential election. I really...
The Sacrifice of Being Gay & Mormon
A dozen years ago I interviewed a gay man who was married...
The Conundrum of Compassion
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father,...
A Muslim in the White House: Oh!My!
Let's just say that FOXNews is right: What if President Obama...
Slumming with the Super PACs
It is the one thing that has me rethinking how I will...
What a day a difference makes
I was talking to a student the other day who was...
Gingrich's Black & White World
Newt Gingrich wants voters to understand one thing -- should he be...
A letter to South Carolinians
My dear South Carolinian friends: Tell me. Is Newt Gingrich is holed...
Romney's Save America message
Before Mitt Romney made his decision to run for president his wife...
Not a tool of God
I never know what to say when they say it to...
Don't be weird
Pastor asked this morning how many of us over 50 expected to...
A Christmas wish
I have a few presents wrapped but not one cookie cooked. Worried,...
Who's Sorry Now?
The government of North Korea released video of its people grieving the...
Where have all the Nativities gone?
Where have all the Nativities gone? That's the question I asked Tim...
Our Daily Bread
You'd think by now I'd be accustomed to the way that...
Did you happen to see the year-long investigative report into foster care...
What will be your report?
I attended Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga., once. It...
Q&A with a Mormon
As GOP candidates battle for the presidential nomination, Rick Perry (R-Texas)...
Unpacking the Headcase
There are a couple of images I can't get out of my...
Just because you're a Christian
Just because you're a Christian doesn't mean I'm voting for you. I...
Perry: Palin's replacement
Poor Sarah Palin. Seems she's been replaced, and no, I'm not talking about...
I'm sure he's a perfectly decent fellow. He's certainly been able to...
I did. I watched the GOP debate. I find these early debates...
It begins with a girl: A Hopeful Goodbye
Editor's Note: Daughter Shelby has been in Cambodia with a missions group...
It begins with a girl: TukTuk SameSame
Editor's Note: Daughter Shelby is in Cambodia this week working with a...
The Help: Not the Gospel
I sat in my car and cried after watching the movie The...
I know a lot of people who turn to Oswald Chambers for...
How to Live a Great Love Story Vol....
Falling in love is a dangerous thing anytime. I suspect it's even...
My Unsecret Abortion
I had an abortion. A full-fledged three-day affair in 1974. I wrote...
Yeah, but can they stay married?
Well, by golly, they up and did it. Gay people can now...
Where is your faith?
You ever feel like you are only getting a peek at things?...
Shrews for Jesus
ATHARINE, the Shrew, was the eldest daughter of Baptista, a rich gentleman...
Lady Gaga's a Fake & You aren't great
Listen up all you monsters. You know who you are -- Lady...
No greater love than this...
There are two places I go whenever I want to spend a...
How media messed up the Rapture: As soldiers...
Several years ago when I was working as a local reporter I...
Harold Camping had it wrong -- again. The world did not end...
I am Jesus, so says the Aussie Man
WOW!!! What a week! It's only Tuesday and in one week's time...
I'm at Sister Tater's house this week. She had shoulder surgery this...
Pole Dancing for Jesus
Lordamercy, she says shaking her head sadly. Got a link to this...
A Bubba story
You know him, don't you? That man at church, the one who...
What is he waiting around for?
Monday was a nasty cold day. Clouds, heavy as a cow's teat,...
Ash Wednesday: Late for Lent
The Baptists I grew up around did not participate in Lent. The...
Cancel Church, please
I wanted them to cancel church this morning. I am not saying...
A New Year's Wish: More of the Ordinary
Aunt Cil with Mama's dog Sheba. Back in the mountains where my...
Are we losing our fanciful side?
On Tuesday I drove down to Portland to meet a friend for...
Pastor Smitty: The rare gift
At Rose Hill Baptist with Pastor Smitty & Miz Betty. I come...
The Blue-Eyed Jesus
I first saw this over at JesusNeedsNewPR. I don't know about you,...
There is an answer embedded in the question of whether or not...
The Love of One Pastor
Pastor Smitty and Mis Betty at one of my book events in...
Jonah: Myth or Fact
I have a question for you. When you read the story of...
Recap: McKnight @ George Fox Univ.
Ours is a church of routine, almost down to the very timing...
Dead Boy's Devoted Daddy
Editor's Note: This will be my last post on Patheos. I am...
Urban Intellect talks Comedy: Jelani Greenidge
I knew of Jelani Greenidge long before I met him. We were...
The Holiness of a Place
Can you see the holiness of a place beyond the "No Trespass"...
Appearances: Bristol, Johnson City, & Knoxville
I am on the road this week. I have a couple...
The Problem with Evil
I have been intentionally silent. Instead of blogging, I have spent time...
A Soul Void
Let’s get something clear, okay? Hatred is not a mental illness. It...
Elliot Rodger's Right
I have been sitting here in silence. Silence broken by birds...
Do Something Sacred
When I went to Vietnam the one thing that disturbed me...
Summers at Christian Bend, TN
Wild dogwoods were in bloom when Mama’s Aunt...
A Soldier's Funeral
The funeral service was held Wednesday morning, August 3, 1966,...
Running on Empty
I had a dentist appointment in Tri-Cities yesterday afternoon. It was one...
The Lost Father
Today (Saturday, May 17) is my father's birthday. Had he lived we...
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