Much is being said in the media about the so-called “War on Christmas”. Many conservatives believe that “traditional Christmas” is being stripped from our society. I think they are right, but for the wrong reasons. Christmas was stripped from society the minute businesses saw it as an opportunity and decided to leverage the hell out… Read more My War on Christmas
Will Herberg was a widely respected sociologist and theologian. He began his life as an ardent Marxist atheist, just as his parents were. Later in life he rediscovered his Jewish heritage while at the same time was introduced to Reinhold Niebuhr. Niebuhr’s influence on Herberg cannot be overstated. Herberg would have converted to Christianity if… Read more One Take on the Religious Neutrality of Secular Government
New Holiday: Giving Tuesday Let’s start a NEW Holiday (because November/December just doesn’t have enough of them, right!?). Forget Black Friday, forget Cyber Monday. Let’s celebrate: GIVING TUESDAY Today, Giving Tuesday, let’s give to local and international charities out of our abundance and in thankfulness. Let’s give because much has been given to us. Let’s… Read more New Holiday: Giving Tuesday
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? 1 Corinthians 6:1-2 In the video above, the 7th Day Adventist Church sued two Tennessee ministers for trademark infringement, that is, calling their church “The… Read more Should Churches Sue Churches?
How does religion end up affecting almost every level of politics!? I really don’t know. Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law today requiring parents to be “counselled” by their doctors about vaccines before being given a written vaccine exemption note. But here’s the kicker. Brown ADDED a religious exemption clause to it. You… Read more Vaccines now have a “Religion” Clause in California
PCUSA Publishes Resources to deal with Rising Gun Violence in the US So proud of the PCUSA for making Gun Violence in the U.S. a priority and working to put together this report and resource for its congregations. There’s nothing saying that your non-Presbyterian church or synagogue or mosque can’t benefit from this resource too!
Separating Religion from Political Parties: Guest Post Several folks I interacted with through various social media outlets before and after my “Separating Religion from Political Parties” post responded with “What!? Why should I separate my religious views from the way I vote?” That’s a legitimate question, and I honestly jumped the gun and went 10… Read more Separating Religion from Political Parties: Guest Post
Growing up an evangelical Christian makes having homosexual friends … difficult. Challenging. Eye opening. Values changing. All of those things. Of course I never would have known any of that if I hadn’t met Mike. Mike is one of my best friends. Not because we do everything together, but because we’ve been through a lot.… Read more My Story Because of Mike
…Zombies win! Westboro Baptist Church is the bane of Christian existence. They perpetuate and promulgate the worst stereotypes of Medieval Christianity. They feed on sadness and tragedy. They spew hate and discord. And all this in the name of God. What has always protected them through some of their most horrendous protests is the First… Read more Westboro Baptist Church versus Zombies
A Call for Sanctuaries to Become Sanctuaries Psalm 20:7 (NIV) 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. One of my main objectives in beginning this blog was to provide a space for reasonable discussion of a healthy separation of Religious Institutions and State. I believe people… Read more In Guns We Shall Not Trust