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How Evil Are You? A look inside could be disturbing

posted by remims

How Evil Are You? The answer for a preacher’s kid, growing up in a fundamentalist/Pentecostal home, was clearcut: All Humanity was broken by sin, its efforts to do “good” transitory, because at the core of our beings was rebellion against […]

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‘Christian’ music? It’s about honest messages, not style, genres or even origins

posted by remims

To be a preacher’s kid in a Fundamentalist Christian/ Pentecostal home in the 1960s and early 1970s was to be engaged in a full-on “culture war,” even decades before that term came to define our nation’s current theological, ethical and […]

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Halloween: Devil in the details of the holiday, or the distraction of misplaced angst?

posted by remims

When you are raised in a fundamentalist, Pentecostal preacher’s home, there’s usually just no debate about it: Halloween is when the Devil runs amok, and real Christians have nothing to do with it. Well, at least that’s how it started […]

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Mitt Romney ‘isn’t-a-Christian’? Betcha Jesus loves him, Rev. Jeffress

posted by remims

A Southern Baptist pastor is catching a lot of heat for daring to say what so many fundamentalist Christians will say among themselves, if not on a nationally-televised platform: that they believe Mormonism to be a “non-Christian cult.” Specifically, the Rev. […]

Hear the one about God . . . wanting you to read this blog?

posted by remims

In the mostly Pentecostal/fundamentalist churches my Dad pastored, quips that played off scriptures would get a quick frown, if not a secretive note or phone call to the Rev. Robert E. Mims Sr. advising that his son was “in need […]

Are Christians ignoring the Prince of Peace?

posted by remims

I first caught the disconnect between the fundamentalist Christian upbringing I had, and what Jesus actually taught, when it came to the question of war.  In Sunday school, this preacher’s progeny, along with the other kids, would be led in […]

Lost in translation: Jesus’ puns, and John the Baptist’s word play

posted by remims

It’s inevitable. There you are, possibly dozing off mid-way through your pastor’s sermon when he pulls this out of his ecclesiastical hat: “In the original Greek” . . . or original Hebrew, or Aramaic, etc. So much for those Sunday […]

Robertson’s Alzheimer’s outrage: Should ‘700 Club’ change to ‘$#*! Pat Says’?

posted by remims

There was a time, many years ago now, when I used to watch Pat Robertson’s “700 Club” and think it was a pretty good program. It had inspiring stories of faith, outreach and emergency aid programs. It was an example […]

Surveys show believers want more than just a ‘born again’ formula

posted by remims

George Barna, the dean of evangelical Christianity research, says the traditional, American model for “born again” faith just isn’t working. That model, which I became intimately familiar with growing up in the home of a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian preacher, goes […]

9/11 ceremony: A matter of prayer, or creating controversy?

posted by remims

There are plenty of reasons for Christians to feel persecuted these days, whether at home or abroad. At home, the so-called “culture war”  has people of faith and the secular world more polarized than ever, and believers find themselves increasingly […]

‘Inflatable Chapel’ is nifty, but it’s no old-time tent revival

posted by remims

Over at CNN, they’re making a big deal about an  inflatable chapel unveiled recently on the Los Angeles campus of the University of Southern California. It’s the brain child (or should that be soul child?) of Gail Peter Borden, an architect and […]

Forget Irene. We have Hurricane Michele

posted by remims

Michele Bachmann. Oh, man, how it hurts to be put a spot of defending her. To wit, her comment — obviously tongue-in-cheek as much as it was ill-advised and shoot-from-the-crazy-hip — linking the East Coast’s recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene […]

Another election, another spate of ‘Christian’ candidates

posted by remims

There are a couple good reasons I am, for now, viewing born-again Christian and Texas Gov. Rick Perry with some trepidation. Nothing personal — just on painful experience. One, the last time I voted for a politician who made his […]

Crystal Cathedral: Is the glass house Schuller built about to shatter?

posted by remims

It looks like the Crystal Cathedral, that long-lived architectural landmark of Southern California – and the iconic sanctuary of Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s feel-good, “positive gospel” – is about to shatter, at least metaphorically. Oh, the opulent, nearly-6,000 capacity, 128-foot-high […]

Perry’s prayer rally at crossroads of freedom of, and from religion?

posted by remims

OK. First off, let’s be clear: I take a philosophical back seat to no one in promoting the right of any American to worship — or not — the God or gods or Force or assorted plants, celestial bodies, etc., […]

Battling Bibles? Why can’t we all just read along?

posted by remims

Forget the nationwide debate raging over gay marriage. Set aside this nation’s two ongoing wars (three, if you count Libya). Don’t even worry about our country’s bloated government spending, its yawning black hole of debt and an economy still on […]

False prophets: It’s always about power, greed or sex

posted by remims

Look around. We seem to be awash in prophets these days. Some blast their “prophetic” gifts from the proverbial “Brother Love’s Travelin’ Salvation Show” type crusades in arenas or megachurches, making sure they capture it all for television followers ready […]

Bad Karma when you ‘dis’ others’ holy persons, places or things

posted by remims

Mess with someone’s scriptures, holy sites, holy figures, sacred symbols and icons or even their blessed undergarments (shout out to my Mormon friends, and the antics of Latter-day Saint underwear tossing street preachers at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square), and […]

Is Norway’s terror being used as excuse for anti-faith bigotry?

posted by remims

The horrific terror attacks in Norway Friday — and that’s what they were, whether perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or home-grown extremists as it appears to be in this case — led to a lot of initial knee-jerk bigotry. In this […]

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Was that lunch, or Our Lady of Cheddar and Christ in a chip?
Whenever I hear someone exclaim, “Christ on a crutch!” I usually point out there are at least a couple reasons the expression fails in the imagery department. First, scripture tells us he never had a broken bone. Second, if he had broken ...

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