Musings on the Hobby Lobby Affair

So, as we all know, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Olkahoma based Hobby Lobby in a case involving the affordable care act.  The family owned company sued the government saying that being forced to pay for certain birth control violated their religious freedom. Before I get to the imbroglio, I wanted to share my own views on this, limited as they might be.  When this suit first went to trial I thought it made sense that Hobby Lobby not be able to drop health care when it violates religious beliefs.  It’s not for any ideological issues, just that … Continue reading Musings on the Hobby Lobby Affair

The Culture Wars and the Mind of the Modern Christian

I was at an ecumenical LGBT meeting several years back.  What we were talking about, I can’t remember, but I remember saying something about the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.  Accross the room from me was a middle aged man from Canada.  I could see him mouth the words “Great Commission” and he had this quizical look.  It was easy to realize that he had no idea what was the Great Commission. Maybe they do things differently in the Great White North, but I was surprised this man didn’t know something that I considered basic knowledge. When we think … Continue reading The Culture Wars and the Mind of the Modern Christian

What Does It Mean to Be Prophetic, Part Three

It was two years ago, that I wondered aloud what it meant to be prophetic.  I’ve heard that phrase a lot in many of the progressive circles I’ve been in, but I’ve always wondered if what is called prophetic is nothing more than espousing your ideology and wrapping it up in God-language. What does it mean to be prophetic?  The reason I ask is that I think a lot of folks have an idea what it means to be prophetic that I think is a bit wrong.  I will see a pastor who will get up and talk about some … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Prophetic, Part Three

On the Babylonian Captivity of the Mainline Protestant Church

“Be in the world, but not of the world.” That was a phrase I heard a lot when I was growing up.  In my evangelical upbringing, there was a stress about living where we are, but not follow the ways of the world.  According to the phrase, we are to follow Jesus and not gods of this world. Around the time of seminary in the late 1990s, I started hearing talk about”empire.”  The empire was something that challenged the authority of God.  In mainline/progressive churches, talking about empire was their version “not of this world.”  The thinking is based on … Continue reading On the Babylonian Captivity of the Mainline Protestant Church

The Anger You Don’t Understand

One of the bloggers that I love to read is Rod Dreher.  While we share some similarities politically, we are on different sides of the same-sex marriage issue.  Rod has written a number of posts on what he sees as the coming troubles facing social conservatives as the opinion on gay marriage changes.  I decided to comment on a recent blog post.  One of the things he is bothered by is the meanness on the pro-SSM towards social conservatives.  While I agree that there has been a lot of spiking the ball on our side, I thought Rod needs to … Continue reading The Anger You Don’t Understand

By the Time I Get to Arizona

About a week ago, I wrote a post on same-sex marriage and how those of us who support it should act towards those that oppose it.  Can we be good winners to the losers? Some of the response to that post got me thinking (and agonizing) over this issue.  In two states, Kansas and Arizona, bills have made their way through the state legislature that would give people the right to refuse service to gays.  I think both bills are unconstitutional on their face and bring to mind the dreadful memories of Jim Crow. That said, these laws are the … Continue reading By the Time I Get to Arizona

Some Thoughts on the Frank Schaefer Case

I haven’t followed the news about Methodist minister Frank Schaefer as closely as I should have.  For those who know even less, Frank Schaefer faced a church trail for going against the Book of Discipline by marrying two men (one of who happened to be his son).   What I do know about the affair has led me to ask a few questions and make a few statements: So much for diversity. Many liberal Christians (myself included) love to talk about how wonderful diversity is and how much we have to strive for all kinds of diversity: gender, racial and ethnic.  … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Frank Schaefer Case

Random Thoughts on the NSA and Metadata

I actually wrote this over a month ago as the NSA scandal started to break, posting it at Big Tent Revue, my political blog.  An article by Baptist blogger Ed Setzer had me thinking about this again, so I decided to post it here with some additions. There’s a part of me that’s hesitant to say anything about the NSA scandal. It involves a lot of things that I’m not clear about, such as how you comb through the data without snooping on folks. I still think this story is forming and we don’t know the whole scope of things. … Continue reading Random Thoughts on the NSA and Metadata

“The Right Side of History” and Other Fundamentalisms

Over and over again, I heard one phrase being used on my side of the same-sex marriage debate: “the right side of history.”  Yes, most of us who believe in marriage equality do think this is the right thing to do.  We liken this current debate in the backdrop of the civil rights movement and interracial marriages where equality was seen as the march of progress and those who disagreed were out of touch and archaic. The steady march of progress on marriage equality can make one think that those of us on the pro-same sex marriage fight are truly … Continue reading “The Right Side of History” and Other Fundamentalisms

Are Republicans Real Christians?

I saw this article on Facebook.  The long and the short of it is that the author believes Republicans aren’t Christians: I always encourage people to stop saying Republicans represent Christianity, and call them out on what they really worship. I call it “Republicanity” and I consider it a cult.  It’s a perversion of Christianity mixed with a political set of man-made beliefs.  These people view their devotion to the GOP on the same level they do their belief in God.  To them, the Republican Party is the party of “real Christians.”  They don’t need facts or reality to support their … Continue reading Are Republicans Real Christians?