Christian, Post-Christian – A book I think you’ll like

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Sometime this past April I told you that I can no longer comfortably call myself a Christian. “…I am tired. I am tired of begging for scraps from the table. I am tired of begging to borrow an ounce of grace from the money changers in the temple.  I am tired of being a pawn in the [Read More...]

The blasphemy of a homophobic Jesus

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Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear based, power hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little diddy as reported by Raw Story A pastor of a large Southern Baptist church [Read More...]

A Recipe for Spiritual But Not Religious

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This evening I am introducing a new series – my contribution to the “Meet the Nones” meme out there .   I have been mulling over (uh, stewing furtively about) an in-depth response to a particular author/pastor from within my own tradition for quite a while.   Back in 2011 Lillian Daniel posted  “Spiritual but Not Religious? Please [Read More...]

Bible Character Bingo!

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So one of those inane “which type of underwear are you?” quizzes floated across my radar the other day and finally caught my attention. Although I’ve passed up the scintillating “Which Disney Prince Would Be Your One True Love?” and the self abusive “Which Wedding Dress Style is Right for You”, I just couldn’t pass [Read More...]

10 Ways MY religious freedom is under attack

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My religious freedom to love my neighbor is under attack by your religious freedom to despise him. My religious freedom to welcome the stranger is under attack by your religious freedom to deny them. My religious freedom to alleviate suffering is under attack by your religious freedom to create it. My religious freedom to be [Read More...]

Fundies just love the gays to death

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Matthew Paul Turner wrote this kick-ass post rounding up all the shards from the evanglisphere that have pierced my heart these past two weeks. Earlier this week I sat my fanny down to try to pull all these hateful shenanigans together into a single post of my own but it was far too painful to [Read More...]

That Holy Spirit, She so Cray-Cray

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Once upon a time in Las Vegas I learned the hard way that roller coasters are just not for me anymore.  There was a time in my youth when I was thrilled by careening around crazy curves, screaming down insanely steep hills and hurtling through maniacal loops.  But just over 10 years ago, much to [Read More...]

Refusing to discriminate against the gays is NOT discrimination!

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Sooooo, last night I read a funny little diddy where some “Christians” in Mississippi are all in a lather because they WON the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians.  Wait, why on earth would these silly ignorant people be miffed vitriolic about WINNING the right to be ugly hateful. Weellll, as it turns out other citizens of their fair state have shockingly [Read More...]

God and the Gay [Evangelical] Christian

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Deborah Arca, who I lovingly (and maybe and maybe a bit delusionally) call my editor here at Patheos invited me to participate in this month’s book club featuring Matthew Vine’s new book God and The Gay Christian. Before I even opened the book I had an odd feeling about the task at hand. The very title God [Read More...]

Ramblings of a Pub Theologian: Beer & Hymns in Atlanta

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 A friend of mine, Karen Stephenson Slappey, reached out to me the other day to ask if I would still be willing to share a word or two about a community making project that she is working on in Atlanta. Shem along with some friends, have launched Beer and Hymns, reminiscent of the much beloved sessions [Read More...]


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