religion

Fatth & The Superhero

Faith & The Superhero: Two Sides of a Gilded Coin

Faith compels us to be better people. So do superheroes. Neither gods or superheroes can be proven to exist, but our society clings desperately to both

Old Man Talking

Rachel Held Evans On Sexual Abuse & Patriarchy In The Church

January 11, 2018 Midweek Sermon

Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) went on a Twitter rant in response to the standing ovation a Memphis megachurch pastor received after admitting he had sexually assaulted a teenager. Let’s be very clear from the beginning that I don’t know Rachel Held Evans. I know she has authored three books: Searching For Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Faith Unraveled. She’s married, has a baby boy, and her online presence is carefully managed by her publisher. Honestly, she strikes meRead More

god isn't real but santa's bringing presents

God Isn’t Real But Santa Claus Is Bringing Presents

November 18, 2017 Long Read, Thought For The Day

“On a busy day twenty-two thousand people come to visit Santa, and I was told that it is an elf’s lot to remain merry in the face of torment and adversity. I promised to keep that in mind.” ― David Sedaris Living with a seven-year-old around this time of year gets interesting. On one hand, she’s in second grade now and is learning all sorts of things. We are so very thankful that she’s learning. Heaven forbids the child toRead More

Redefining Holidays

Perhaps We Should Redefine American Holidays

October 12, 2017 Long Read, Midweek Sermon

e were shopping in our friendly neighborhood warehouse store yesterday and the Young Woman commented on the Christmas decorations that were already prevalent even before Halloween. Not that either of us was actually surprised. Holiday creep in store marketing has been a thing for decades as retailers try to extend what has traditionally been their most profitable season in hopes that profits will go up. While that tactic worked some 20 or so years ago when it first started, puttingRead More

end of the world

This Saturday, an invisible rogue planet will NOT bring about the Rapture

September 22, 2017 Thought For The Day, Video

A Christian researcher has blended theories about Planet X and the eclipse and decided that the world ends Saturday Source: This Saturday, an invisible rogue planet will bring about the Rapture . . . maybe – Salon.com There are fools everywhere and there is always someone wanting to push for the end of the world because they think that it’s going to get them to heaven or nirvana or whatever other blissful paradise all the sooner. This has been theRead More

Old Man Talking Candles

#StupidQuestionsFor [deity of your choice] 

September 12, 2017 Thought For The Day

  Source: (38) #StupidQuestionsForJesus hashtag on Twitter Twitter games are an interesting and often fun way to pass the time, especially when this Old Man is between some of the most boring fashion shows he’s ever seen. Seriously, New York Fashion Week blows chunks in just about every direction this season. So, since I still have about an hour and a half before things get interesting over at Ralph Lauren’s place, I thought I’d share some of the better optionsRead More

There Is No Chill When You Worry

September 3, 2017 Long Read, Sunday Sermon

Dude! Thanks for stopping by! Let’s start this thing by clicking on this week’s playlist. Let it run for a few songs, get yourself into the groove ’cause there’s a definite groove. Maybe burn some green if you’re so inclined. Let’s chill together for a while. Early one morning this week, I was sitting at the desk staring into space, something that’s not really all that unusual of an occurrence. The cats had awakened me far too early, the dogsRead More

The Old Man Talking

The Chillatitudes: A basic guide for learning to abide

August 20, 2017 Long Read, Sunday Sermon

While reading, the Old Man suggests playing this in the background: grew up in an extremely religious family. My late father was a Southern Baptist pastor and Mom was the quintessential pastor’s wife. Everything we did revolved around the church. We said grace before every meal regardless of how public the setting. We had family devotions at breakfast every morning. Our bookshelves were lined with religious tomes following whatever the currently popular philosophies might be. I even went to aRead More