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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Pastor of an independent, affirming and progressive congregation.
Interests: to many to list
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Christians talk an awful lot about hell. But have you ever stopped to imagine what hell is really like? I mean really. Stopped and imagined. Eyes closed. The world pushed away. Just you and whatever vision of hell is in your head — or at least at the edge of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at Pastorpaul's blog
Seven years ago I made what felt at the time like a strong statementabout inclusivity. I railed against the splintered, inward-focused nature of the institutional Christian church, and about the irony of that fact given that the people in that ossified, bickering church profess to follow one of history’s most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Pastorpaul's blog
One of my pet peeves is the improper lane change — you know, that everyday driving move where you slide into the next lane without hitting your turn signal — that is a total moving violation and completely worthy of a traffic ticket. Or worse doing that slide move; not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Pastorpaul's blog
ou’ve probably heard some variation of the joke about how different news media outlets would handle the news of the end of the world. I read some examples during a recent sermon; here are some favorites: USA Today: We’re Dead. The Wall Street Journal: Dow Jones Plummets As World Ends.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Pastorpaul's blog
Rather than “putting Christ back in Christmas”, I’d settle for putting Christ back in Christians. The above is a variation on a statement I saw on Facebook that really spoke to me — and apparently to more than a few of my Facebook friends, because my reposting of it went... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Pastorpaul's blog
On Thanksgiving Day 1977, my husband’s father died of a massive heart attack, leaving behind a wife and 12 children — six boys and six girls. The family was Episcopalian, attending St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where the Pabst family tithed and the children were baptized and married. Because of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Pastorpaul's blog
Ladies and gentlemen, in the left corner of the ring — representing the liberal, progressive, “hate everything that is not liberal or progressive by their own definition” end of our current political spectrum — is Kathy Griffin, the self-styled “D-list” comedian figuratively holding the severed head of President Donald Trump.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Pastorpaul's blog
“How does it feel to be the first generation to not have a purpose?” These words were the equivalent of a slap across the face to me. They were coming out of the TV, out of the mouth of an actor playing Cleve Jones, a lion of the TLGBQIA movement... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Pastorpaul's blog
It’s 2017, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they might be. But groups... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Pastorpaul's blog
In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King Jr.) In the days following the Orlando massacre, it’s become painfully clear to me that there are people out there who really don’t get it. They really don’t. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Pastorpaul's blog
I thought I’d sit down today and get indignant about the crass politicization of a complete non-issue. No, I’m not talking about Benghazi, or private email servers, or whether or not Donald Trump actually knows how to run a business. I’m talking about something that actually has everyday people acting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Pastorpaul's blog
As we enter a new year, I’m going to go out on a not-very-long limb and declare 2016 the Year of the Displaced. I do this to call attention to the fact that “one out of every 122 people alive today is someone who, at some point, was forced to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Pastorpaul's blog
Remember the Arab Spring? Fueled by social media, the people of several Arab nations started taking to the streets five years ago to demand a different way of life, a change in the relationship they have with their governments. Now granted, the Egypt, Libya and Syria of today may not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Pastorpaul's blog
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) The name Emanuel means “God is with us”. And as if one needed any more evidence that God is with the grieving survivors of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Pastorpaul's blog
All I can say about the movie “Selma” is that it ought to be mandatory viewing in every high school in the country. And there are a million reasons why. But mainly, the civil rights movement is now so far in the rearview mirror that we have generations of young... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Pastorpaul's blog
Fair warning to you who are about to read this: It’s written with an “R” rating. It’s not sugar-coated, mealy-mouthed or any of the other indirect, passive-aggressive things you might expect from a pastor. In fact, I’m feeling quite aggressive. Maybe I’m about to exercise my “aggressive liberty”. Now, if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Pastorpaul's blog
It’s the first day of 2015, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Pastorpaul's blog
I wish what has gone on recently, was something unique, something out of the ordinary. However, sadly it is not. In fact it is business as usual in the United States of America. From an unarmed teenager killed in Ferguson, Mo.; to a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Pastorpaul's blog
Since the end of March I have been trying to write my next blog. I know the subject I want to cover, but I have hit that “writers block” which is made of solid brick. Part of the reason for the block is there is just so much un-Christian like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Pastorpaul's blog
Originally, I was planning on writing a blog concerning “Marriage Equality”. Last night that all changed as I attended a community event called, "Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta's Dirty Little Secret". What I experienced, heard and saw has caused such a level of disruption to my soul as to cause me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Pastorpaul's blog
For the person of faith (in this case Christian) there is this standard which says we are suppose to be fair, merciful and be humble in our walk with God (Micah 6:8). Jesus taught the greatest love one can express is to lay their life down for another. Jesus in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Pastorpaul's blog
Writing these days seems to be somewhat challenging for me. Then my editor over at “Whosoever” the Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge re-posted an article I wrote for them and in looking it over even though it is almost 2 years old it is worth looking at again. Hopefully this will jump... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Pastorpaul's blog
Marriage Equality, those two words have become the center of the final battle for gay rights. How far we have come and how far we have yet to travel. I remember when I was much younger and first coming to understand my sexual attraction and orientation the thought of marriage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at Pastorpaul's blog
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on The Problem With Those People at Questing Parson
July 2012 was the last time I wrote. Did I go on vacation? Quit writing blogs? Run out of things to write about or say? No, No, and God knows No! Simply put, I just got tired of having to write about the crap the religious and political right keeps... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Pastorpaul's blog