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If a Government Falls and No One Hears It…
January 27th, 2009 under New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

The Iceland thing was on page 8 of the T-P today. Katie Couric didn’t even mention it last night on the evening news so I guess it wasn’t a big deal!

Icelandic Government Falls
January 27th, 2009 under New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

According to CNN:

Iceland’s ruling coalition resigned Monday, three months after the collapse of the country’s currency, stock market and several major banks, and following months of public protests, Kristjan Kristjansson, a spokesman for the prime minister told CNN.

I really don’t know what the heck this means, but I wish folks like our own David (AKA Diaper Dave, Vitty Cent, etc) Vitter would follow suit.

Fundamentalists Are Stupid
January 23rd, 2009 under Christian Crap, Christianity, Hypocrisy, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 4 ]

I know calling someone “stupid” sounds bad, but sometimes the truth hurts. For example, I’m fat. It’s not fun to be called fat, but let’s face it. I’m fat. Now let’s move on…

A couple of definitions of stupid are as follows: slow of mind, lacking intelligence or reason, (my personal favorite) dulled in feeling or sensation. Fundamentalists are all of these. Oh, let me define fundamentalist for you. Theologian Sallie McFague defines fundamentalism as the refusal to acknowledge our limitations.

That’s a good definition because it recognizes all forms of fundamentalism. You see, fundamentalists are not just religious or political conservatives. A fundamentalist can be either pro-choice or pro-life, for gay marriage or against it. I have a few liberal friends that I believe are fundamentalists. I also believe that you can be a fundamentalist who is right about a particular belief or wrong about a particular belief. After all, gay marriage is either right or wrong. It can’t be both.

I’ll admit that I have a hard time loving fundamentalists. I would find it impossible if I had not at one time been one. You see, I’ve been a Calvinist, a Republican, a Capitalist, a Pharisee, a Dallas Cowboys fan, and a lot of other things in my life. I’ve been willing to look at many sides of an argument and change my mind about some things. So even though I hate Calvinism, I try not to hate Calvinists, etc. I know that what I believe is partly a result of my life experiences and I’m probably wrong about a great many things. When I was in grad school I taught at a predominately African American Baptist seminary and a predominately Caucasian Baptist seminary. It during was an election year. My black brothers and sisters in Christ were mostly voting for Bill Clinton. My white brothers and sisters were mostly voting for the elder Bush. They all loved Jesus and valued their Bibles. Go figure.

I’m going to continue to speak out against Christian fundamentalism. It’s tough to do without sounding arrogant or judgmental myself. But saying hurtful or doing hurtful things in the name of Jesus hurts the cause of Christ. I’ll try to love the stupid people and arrogant people that don’t understand the grace of God and their own limitations.

I found the following quote from Paul Tillich on Romans 5:20 helpful today. He speaks of Paul’s description of grace this way:

“’Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound’, says Paul in the same letter in which he describes the unimaginable power of separation and self-destruction within society and the individual soul. He does not say these words because sentimental interests demand a happy ending for everything tragic. He says them because they describe the most overwhelming and determining experience of his life. In the picture of Jesus as the Christ, which appeared to him at the moment of his greatest separation from other men, from himself and God, he found himself accepted in spite of his being rejected. And when he found that he was accepted, he was able to accept himself and to be reconciled to others. The moment in which grace struck him and overwhelmed him, he was reunited with that to which he belonged, and from which he was estranged in utter strangeness.”

Howie’s Back!
January 23rd, 2009 under New Orleans. [ Comments: 2 ]

I just had an email exchange with someone who is praying for the salvation of President Obama. You guessed it….it was a waste of time. However, the discussion has reminded me that I must continue to “Kick against the pricks.” (I know it’s a bad use of the text, but it’s funny.)

My only problem is that I want to continue to speak out against harmful stuff that Christians say and do without looking as judgmental and arrogant as they are. Pray for me. I need the prayer and you need the practice.

But be forewarned:
I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills…skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.

The Cultural Impact of Baptists
January 8th, 2009 under Baptists. [ Comments: 4 ]

I read today that “The Centers for Disease Control released a new report today that found that Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title. As a Louisiana resident, I’ve always been thankful for Mississippi and Arkansas because sometimes these states are the only reason Louisiana doesn’t rank highest or lowest in some important statistic.

I was disappointed when Mississippi, a very Baptist state, allowed casinos to operate there. I thought this fact kind of exposed a hypocrisy among its Baptist brethren. I also find it disappointing that Mississippi, which is 33.81% Baptist, has the highest rate of teen pregnancy! I think Baptists there need to start doing something about this!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
January 3rd, 2009 under Mardi Gras. [ Comments: none ]

Mardi Gras Beads


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