June 8, 2019

Pride Because Beatings This week, a gay couple was riding a bus in London, they were holding hands. They weren’t discussing Straight Pride. One of them was on a sabbatical for medical studies. These weren’t “butchy” women looking for a fight. The men began taunting them, wanting them to kiss each other for their entertainment. The scene exploded into violence and before they knew it, their blood was spilled. Pride for the Oppressed This week has been a loud one… Read more

June 5, 2019

God Made Me Gay Whenever I say, “God made me gay” it is a provocation of those who hold prejudice toward my “kind”. I have said it on Facebook and an explosion of judgmental criticism erupted. It offends those whose religion has taught them that who I am and consequently what I do is a “sin”. Ignorance is often the root cause of their revulsion. I am saddened by this, but their “choice” to believe belongs to them and I… Read more

June 1, 2019

Suffering for Jesus Suffering for Jesus was something I was well acquainted with. I suffered for Jesus by serving in every area of our church without recognition. Giving years to an organization like a church is something we are supposed to do thankfully, in service to God. In Christianity, they call it your “reasonable service”. It’s what we tell ourselves when we’re cleaning bathrooms, sitting in the camera booth or trying to manage sixteen screaming children. We all are supposed… Read more

May 29, 2019

“Kindness is a currency that, when spent, buys more than money can..PK Langley” Kindness Opportunity He came into my office for an assessment, a young white kid in need of kindness. I got the impression that his whole life was in that black wore out backpack of his. Those dark brown eyes were almost black, and conveyed an emptiness that seemed impenetrable. I felt no hostility from him and I’m always watching and listening for any signs of danger. He… Read more

May 25, 2019

Scapegoats A scapegoat is essential in human culture. It’s the guy who gets blamed for things that happen, so we all feel better. It’s the person or thing that gets all the rage, all the hatred and malice. One of the most famous scapegoats was that poor ram in the story of Abraham. God asks Abraham to stab to death his only son, the promised son. The kid Abraham had waited on to carry on his lineage, something that was… Read more

May 22, 2019

Giving From the Heart When I was a senior pastor, we told people that their giving should only be to the church. If people gave to the poor, they were irresponsible. Everyone knows that if you give to someone on the corner, they are going to buy booze with the money, or drugs. I believe when you tell people what to do, they stop listening to that still small voice. They stop giving, except to the church. Pockets “Check your… Read more

May 18, 2019

Happy Birthday Today would have been my father’s 75th birthday. It’s been twelve years this year and it still feels like yesterday when he died of a heart attack. There are parts of me that feel like it’s been forever since he died. It was during those first thirty days after my father passed that my deconstruction began. A Clash of Faith I was a senior pastor when my father died in a bathtub after helping my brother cut up an… Read more

May 15, 2019

Truth in Jail I was a corrections officer working in a jail in Texas. There were many opportunities while I was there to talk with inmates one on one. If they brought up anything “religious” in nature, according to the jail code, we could talk with them freely. One day, I spent some of my time with a young woman who absorbed the truth that I was sharing with her. When people are seeking, truth is so easy to give… Read more

May 11, 2019

Wagon Witness While I was a member of the institutional church, I always felt compelled to witness. We were all  told that someone’s blood was on our hands if we did not share “our gospel” with them. I make that distinction because I have since learned of another gospel, the one we were warned about. I was afraid of believing anything other than what I was taught. Religion Flips it Upside Down Religion makes it’s converts afraid . I am convinced… Read more

May 8, 2019

I’ve Been Delivered I used to get excited when someone contacted me on Facebook. There were thoughts about potential and wide-eyed curiosity about the world. I made friends over the years and contacts that I was able to visit in Africa and Belgium. Some of those relationships are still intact today that are precious to me from that period. I didn’t know then what I know now. I’ve been delivered from religion. The Religious Agenda Now, I see through the… Read more

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