Preacher's Kid: Honest Faith, Real World

This is another one of those Jesus Wept blogs. (A.K.A. Christians behaving badly). And you can thank my editor, Robert Kerby, for including in my Beliefnet brief  “popular culture,” and the subset (I would suggest sub-basement) of Reality Television. I decided to check out a couple on truTV: Operation Repo and South Beach Tow. These…

The calendar designated Sunday, September 11, 2011, as “Patriot Day.” It has a nice ring to it, but I suspect it will always be better known as “9/11.” At church, we somberly remembered, with song, video and a sermon on returning good for evil, the day a decade ago when Islamic terrorists hijacked aircraft and…

Here and there across the nation, atheists have been energetic about their distaste for seeing memorial crosses along highways where people have died in traffic accidents, or crosses erected in memory  of law enforcement officers. Citing separation of church and state issues, i.e. public roads and highways being “state” property, lawsuits have been filed. But…

It has been ten years since 19 Islamic extremists hijacked four jet liners and flew them into the Twin Towers of New York City, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania farm field, that final aircraft missing Washington, D.C., only when heroic passengers overpowered the terrorists. Ten years since 3,000 Americans died in one day. In the…

Ah!  What Moses could’ve done if he’d had an iPhone or Droid in his hands. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing the Lawgiver of Old did not have such high-tech options. As it was, we got Ten Commandments few people (well, none) are able to completely follow. Can you imagine what he may have…

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 under fire as the rift widens. Overseas, Christians meet in secret house churches, risking imprisonment…

I’ve always been a fan of serendipity, convinced that if you have your eyes, ears and heart open, God speaks through the unexpected delights that life offers . . . if we just take the step into the beckoning light of the unknown. My wife, Barbara, and I did just that after church on Sunday.…

So, some of my fellow Christians are making a fuss over “Dancing with the Stars” inviting Chaz Bono, the transgendered child of singer Cher, to participate in the popular ABC TV show’s next season. Some are even calling for a boycott. This almost makes me want to laugh — at the moral irony implicit in…

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 assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture. “I wanted to create a spiritual structure,…

A while back I wrote about how various deities and/or prophets and sages did on Facebook. Jesus beat all comers in terms of Facebook “friends.” So, I shouldn’t have been surprised to find the Savior is also a Twitter sensation. I’m assuming here, of course, that these “tweeters”  are impersonating the Son of God. Call…

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Robert Mims

In 30-plus years as a journalist, I have written about subjects as varied as business, science, politics and the environment to sports, history and religion. Over the past 20 years, I have also freelanced magazines and ghostwritten numerous books with biographical, inspirational, historical and sociological themes. Among my awards over the years I most treasure earning regional recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists as Religion Writer of the Year, and finalist honors for both the Religion Newswriters Association's Templeton and Cornell feature writing prizes.

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