Liberty University Puts the Sword ‘Back’ into the Hands of Peter

So, if I were teaching at Liberty University (stop laughing, I’m speaking hypothetically–seriously, stop laughing, geez), I wouldn’t be allow to show R-rated films or say the word ‘damn’, but I could, along with my students, carry a loaded gun to class. Just following in the footsteps of their ‘Prince of Peace’, I guess. If you think I jest,... Read More

Constantinian Carolinians

A part of me is thinking, just drop it. Don’t cover this stuff. There are only TWO representatives lobbying for Christianity as the state religion in North Carolina. Two wackos. That’s it. No, I said ‘wackos’, not Wakko. Miss you, buddy. [Actually, that's not too shabby considering the region. Hey, I'm from NC. I can make these kind of comments. Love ya',... Read More

Guns (on the Roof): Freedom Ain’t Free

The following is written by AJ aficionado (whatever that means), Matt Morin. My only contribution is the inclusion of The Clash song at the end. You can also locate this post at Profligate Grace. Cheers. ~~~~ Because I am either a charitable hearer of opposing viewpoints, or a glutton for punishment, I try to tune in to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity at least once a week when I am... Read More

Holy Daze: I Come Bearing Gifts

A couple of things to celebrate on this day of your Lord and Savior’s (the nation-state) most sacred of holy days: This book: Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism and Conscience. This website: American Jesus (and, ahem, accompanying interview). Another book: Myths America Lives By. Perhaps, the most important book of the three: Blood Sacrifice and... Read More

“Just because you love the lord doesn’t mean you can’t knock the hell out of somebody.”

The title? That’s a direct quote. It was stated by a man I’ve known since I was in elementary school. He also worked with my dad for twenty-some plus years and, to this day, they remain training partners. Anytime I’m back home in the fine state of North Carolina, I’ll hang out with them in a gym they fondly refer to as “The Dungeon.” It’s... Read More

Five More Passages of Scripture You Will Not Hear at a Rick Perry’s Prayer Event (or, Why Jesus May not be from Texas)

Jim Rigby recently wrote an article titled Five Scriptures You Won’t Hear at Rick Perry’s Prayer Event that describes a number of passages that will most likely be ignored in Perry’s tribute to the tribal deity bound by the borders of this particular nation-state. While they were pretty good (I especially enjoy the “go to your closet and pray as opposed... Read More

Oh, Say Can You See (why I don’t have any friends)?

What’s that sound I hear on the Sunday before the 4th? It’s probably the vast majority of churches in the United States paying homage to its’ nation-state’s tribal deity. Religious rituals, holidays/holy days, and the war-driven liturgy of the masses have turned Uncle Sam and Jesus into siblings (of course, Uncle Sam is the Big Brother; he, obviously, tells... Read More

The (Parenthetical) Sayings Of Jesus

Twelve sayings of Jesus that, based on our practices, obviously must have included parenthetical remarks in the original text. 1. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (unless your generals, leaders, politicians, presidents, or anyone else for that matter,... Read More

Hip, Chest, or Ankle?

I found this after being “inspired” by a bumper sticker saying, “Keep your hands off my Bible, Guns, and Values.” This does raise a significant theological question: Where does Jesus keeps his holster?  Read More