I started to write a response to the video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” shortly after it appeared, but never got around to posting it. The video turned up on my Facebook timeline this morning, so I guess it’s still getting views. That being the case, I decided to freshen up the post Read the rest
Chuck Queen is the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky and author of Being a Progressive Christian (is not) for Dummies (nor for know-it-alls): An Evolution of Faith. He posted an opinion piece entitled “It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution” on the ABPnews/Herald (Baptist news) web site. He decries the Read the rest
At some point during my last term on our church’s Session (Presbyterian board of elders), I got a little testy about the title Worship Leader. I said we should quit using the term because it is a cancer on the Church. I don’t think many in the room understood what I was so worked up Read the rest
Nelson Mandela deservedly received much of the credit for ridding South Africa of the scourge of Apartheid. Yet, on the night of his death, I am reminded of the “Masterpiece Theater” series based on R. F. Delderfield’s novel about an English boys’ school, To Serve Them All My Days. When Alcock, the widely despised headmaster Read the rest
Presidents lie. Sometimes they lie during the campaign (“Read my lips – no new taxes”, George H. W. Bush). Sometimes they lie to avoid impeachment (“I am not a crook”, Richard Nixon). Sometimes they lie to achieve some international objective (the Bay of Tonkin – Lyndon Johnson).
Sometimes they lie to try to rescue their Read the rest
I have written quite a bit about the Presbyterian Church (USA), its abandonment of orthodox Christianity, its greed and delusions of power, and our church’s eventual escape from it (see here, starting with "The 556-member church …") Since that glorious day in November, 2008, when we left the PCUSA (without their permission), I have had Read the rest
The Supreme Court, in Justice Kennedy’s muddle-headed way, has negated democratic means of defining “marriage”. One (presumably unintended) consequence of his tortured reasoning is that churches professing orthodox Christianity will have to end their entanglement with secular government and get out of the civil "marriage" business altogether. Getting “married” will become a little more complicated.
If Read the rest