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Merry Kitschmas: Tacky Nativity Scenes!

Merry Kitschmas: Tacky Nativity Scenes!

‘Tis the season: On the first day of Kitschmas, The Crescat gave to us the Tackiest Nativity Scene Contest! You know things are going to get interesting when they start out like this: That’s not even the half of it. Follow the link above for more Yuletide cheer! And here are a few I found […]

Is Christmas Pagan? Putting the “Bug” back in “Humbug”

Is Christmas Pagan? Putting the “Bug” back in “Humbug”

Now that Christmas is almost upon us, it is fitting that we turn our attention to the words of Christians who are doing their best to spread the message of their deeply cherished beliefs about the true meaning of this holiday season: "There is nothing Christian about Christmas. Sure, religion has tried to make it […]

God's Little Instruction Book?

God’s Little Instruction Book?

A lot of people seem to read the Bible this way: [Note: that’s apparently an actual book, oddly enough, but the following is not any kind of review or comment on it; I haven’t read it and don’t plan to.] God’s Little Instruction Book. Sounds pretty good, no? You want to know what to do […]

Hypocriticism II: Blessed are the Disillusioned

Hypocriticism II: Blessed are the Disillusioned

This is a follow-up to my post “Hypocriticism”. Only, it was pretty old, and when I went back and re-read it just now, having done a lot more study about Spiritual Abuse over the past several years, I realized that it was rather appallingly clumsily written. Let’s just say it featured the phrase “bitter about the church.” So […]

Hypocriticism

Hypocriticism

When I was in high school, I worked under a man who for some reason didn’t like me.  So he decided to sabotage my career.  He spread false stories about me behind my back, saying that I wasn’t a good worker.  He insulted me in front of my friends.  He managed to get me written […]

John Newton: Degrees in Glory

John Newton: Degrees in Glory

Background: My brother, knowing my love for all things hymnology, got me a volume of the Letters of John Newton for my birthday this year. It’s less about the origin of hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and more about the amazing grace that made up a part of his day-to-day thought and discussion. In this […]

Spiritual Abuse Files: The untold story of Grace On a Snake!

Spiritual Abuse Files: The untold story of Grace On a Snake!

(Starring Samuel L. Jackson as the aptly named Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Film) In the Roman world of Jesus’ time, there were many moral problems.  There were famines, wars, diseases.  There was harsh poverty and decadent luxury. There was political corruption, intrigue, abuse of authority.  There was embezzlement, treason, armed insurgents who plotted to overthrow the government.  There […]

20 Reasons to Abandon a Bugaboo

20 Reasons to Abandon a Bugaboo

bugaboo \’bə-gə-bü\ n. 1. an imaginary object of fear 2. an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear “…If I know anything of the truth of God, then the objectors to Christianity, so far as I am acquainted with them, do not; their arguments, not in themselves false, have nothing to do with the […]

Christian Album Covers: The Hall of Silliness

Christian Album Covers: The Hall of Silliness

This is an oldie but goodie from my archives; it also got featured on Revelife.com to general hilarity. It’s been on my mind again as I’m trying to decide what to put on the cover of my forthcoming CD. I can assure you, it won’t be anything like these…. As long as we’re on the […]