February 22, 2020

Millions of Christians enter the Lenten season observing one of the oldest traditions in the Church calendar, the season reminds Christians to: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.” — Genesis 3:19 The Lenten season begins Ash Wednesday and is the 40 days prior to Easter, not including Sundays. It ends April 8. Ashes are a symbol of penance in many faith traditions and ashes applied to our foreheads in the shape of a cross remind… Read more

February 13, 2020

I started Faith on the Fringe in 2015 because I believe much of mainstream Christianity misunderstands Jesus and interprets him in wrong ways. Some cling to unbiblical understandings of scripture that make them feel comfortable or help to justify their bigotry. They claim to be Christians, but they obviously don’t live the message of Jesus. Hypocrites in the House of the Lord. There are more and more groups of Christians stepping up and calling out the Hypocritical Christians and turning… Read more

February 12, 2020

Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was born in a log cabin, Lincoln Logs were named after Lincoln. This may or may not have been the actual cabin owned by the Lincoln family. Probably may not. By the time anyone thought to preserve the birth home of the 16th president, the actual building… was gone. Moved, actually. Or probably dismantled and long gone after 58 years. So these are pictures of a cabin in the… Read more

February 9, 2020

Of the dozen or so people in the world who know and care that my debut novel will be published in June 2020, here is an update. (I had more than 88,000 pageviews last year. A solid dozen must be interested in my novel, right?) For those twelve of you who continue to read, welcome. Faith, Hope, and Baseball: A Novel, is in production. The manuscript has been edited, reviewed, and edited and revised, and reviewed again. Any mistakes that… Read more

January 31, 2020

In for a penny, in for a pound. Throwing good money after bad. Do you ever regret a decision and yet despite the regret, you persist in the decision? We keep reading a book, watching a movie, eating a meal, living a life where we’ve invested time and money and energy and spirit. We don’t make the difficult admission that we invested poorly and simply quit. People stay in churches, jobs, relationships, long after they should’ve made the painful choice… Read more

December 16, 2019

All of the people in the Bible are Middle Eastern, African, and Mediterranean. When we turn our backs on their descendants today, we reject the literal Children of God. Read more

December 3, 2019

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm the animals rebel against human masters and promise a future of equality for all animals. The pigs end up in control of the farm and they become everything they abhorred. Oppressive to the other animals, the pigs take on human characteristics and even wear the farmer’s clothes. For years, Evangelicals stressed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a morality above reproach, and a Christianity that sent missionaries and shoeboxes full of supplies to the farthest… Read more

November 23, 2019

Tom Hanks stars in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, but the movie isn’t about Mr. Rogers. The movie is inspired by a 1998 article written by journalist Tom Junod. Hollywood created a fiction of the journalist, so the character in the movie is Lloyd Vogel. It’s a shame, because the original article would have made for a better movie. Over the years, Junod and Rogers became actual friends. That, too is a better story than the movie. The entire… Read more

November 8, 2019

When a con artist starts to believe her con, that’s know as becoming a shut-eye. She literally believes her own lies and shuts her eyes to reality. This is different from the marks believing the con. You want the mark to believe the con. (“Mark” comes from the chalk mark that midway workers would put on the back of a rube who was easily fooled. Today marks are distinguished by their red hats and TRUMP stickers.) In addition to being… Read more

November 4, 2019

““Love is at the root of everything,” Mr. Rogers says at the beginning of the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, “all learning, all relationships— love, or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.” To read a review of the documentary about Mr. Rogers, visit “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Follow the link below to buy the movie, Follow the link for more from Mr. Rogers. Inspiration from… Read more

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