Telling or Listening?

What keeps you up at night? What kinds of things bother you so much that you have trouble concentrating? What are your deepest fears? Unless you are a theologian, a member of the clergy, or schizophrenic, I’m willing to bet that having a solid understanding of the doctrine of a religion isn’t on your list.…

Jerking for Jesus

Let’s be clear. If you belong to a church or other religious or spiritual organization that doesn’t want to address the tough issues, that doesn’t want to take a tough stand, that doesn’t want to confront the problems that are present in society but prefers instead to make nice, to keep the peace, to avoid…

Who Is In Charge Here, Anyway?

One of the teachings of every major religion is that you have what you need for the spiritual journey inside of you already. If you have gone to church all your life and never heard that one, it’s not a surprise – it’s bad for business. People hear it and head for the hills. That being said,…

The Church as Poverty Pimp

About a year ago I happened to be working in urban neighborhoods on a Sunday morning. As I moved around town, I heard parts of sermons from three different churches through overdriven PA systems. The message from each? You shouldn’t be spending money “in the world” on clothes and hairstyles, you should be giving your…