Brilliant and Cruel: the GOP Push to Kill the Unfit and Non-Productive

I’m afraid of being found permanently unfit and so non-productive as to have no value. I fight to return to my normal tasks, my usual level of output. My new morning routine: I wake slowly, reluctantly. Eventually, I send my hand to find my cane, sit up and carefully put my foreign-feeling foot in its strange boot on the floor. I search with my still functioning foot for the one shoe that makes me relatively level when standing. Balancing carefully,… Read more

Abused Children Ask: Why Didn’t God Get Us out of There?

Never forget, parents and caregivers set the model for how people will perceive God later in life. Abused children face big obstacles to gain an understanding of the goodness of God. Read more

Mean, Clean Paulianity: The Nashville Statement

I finally figured it out: Nashville Statement signers do not follow Jesus. They follow Paul, a troubled man who ran the message of grace through his own Pharisaic, black and white, male-centric, mean, clean grid trying to make sense of it all. Paul makes sense to them; Jesus does not.  Well, in the midst of giant national tragedy on the Gulf Coast, the theologians who are sure they know everything about God and sexuality have issued their statement pronouncing that anyone… Read more

Response to Hurricane Harvey Storms: Don’t Send Shoes. Please.

With the horrific damage just starting to unfold from Hurricane Harvey, many people will set up donation centers for clothes, shoes, toiletries. Not a good idea. The number one thing is, “Don’t send your used shoes.” Compassionate people plus tough and tragic situations equal a desire to do something, anything, to relieve suffering. So we ask, “How can I help?” There’s plenty of suffering to go around. From people who have lost family, homes and possessions from the recent hurricane and flooding… Read more

It’s About Slavery Not State’s Rights: Stop Putting Those People on Pedestals

Do not buy into the lie that the Confederacy was about State’s Rights. Not true. It was all about keeping the institution of black slavery in perpetuity. And, as are most unjust causes, the Civil War was ultimately all about money. Thanks to a correspondent who knew how to access the relevant historical archives for the State of Texas, I have now read the 1861 document called “A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede… Read more

President Trump’s Religious Advisory Council Stands Firmly With Him

Correction: I included James McDonald as a member of this Advisory Council. I was wrong: he resigned in 2016. I apologize to him for including him in this list. Business leaders know that Trump’s support for neo-nazis and white supremacists has no moral foundation. They’ve jumped ship. Unfortunately, the members of his religious advisory council apparently have no problems with outright racism. Here’s the list of those appointed to the Religious Advisory Council. These are the religious leaders who supported Trump’s election… Read more

I swim in white privilege and there is no excuse for racism

I am a recipient of white privilege. I know it. Frankly, I’m more than a recipient of white privilege. In truth, I bathe in its waters. I breathe its familiar odors. It is so normal that unless I am careful, I can remain utterly unaware of how easy my white skin makes my life. I choose to hold every door I possibly can for someone else, especially if that someone else is a black man. It’s the right thing for… Read more

The President Panders to His Alt-right Base

Let us speak the truth: our POTUS supports the alt-right and the most racist elements of US society. The article below summarizes my thoughts on the situation more than adequately.Donald Trump ran on a racist platform and dare not lose this part of his base electorate. Our national tragedy with him as the president continues to unfold. Trump’s Big Charlottesville Violence Statement Fail It has almost become a cliche now and punchline on Twitter: every time President Donald Trump gives… Read more

To save a world: Al Gore and global warming

But no matter what we do to slow the process–and we need to do all possible–we may have to assume the earth is undergoing a move toward warmer temperatures. It was a religious revival, with Al Gore taking the role the prophet/high priest. Gore’s sincere passion for moving to renewable energy sources for the sake of the planet informs every moment of the documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Gore’s deep disdain for President Trump, along with his deep admiration… Read more

Has God cursed my family for generations?

But it is a curse, and thus ordained by God. Or is it part of a troubling family pattern, one you can change? Dear Thoughtful Pastor: My great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother all lost a child in childbirth.  I lost my first daughter when my grandmother took her from me and put her up for adoption.  I later learned that this daughter lost three children, with one of them dying. I am wondering if you think there is such… Read more

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