Not Politically Correct, but Hilariously Funny: Read with a Sense of Humor

A VERY Republican friend of mine, knowing all too well my more liberal leanings, just sent me this. I have no idea who wrote it, but thought it was worth a Friday afternoon laugh. the nightmares In the nightmare I found myself nude in bed, and I was looking at a mirror. On the ceiling, and I discovered that I am a Negro, and I’m circumcised! Quickly I sat up, found my pants and looked in the pockets to find my driver’s’ license photo and it was that same color. Black. I felt myself being very depressed, downcast, sitting in … Continue reading Not Politically Correct, but Hilariously Funny: Read with a Sense of Humor

Poverty is Everyone’s Problem: Ministry WITH the Poor

Imagine this scenario:  You and your family are, as are most people in the US, what is called “asset poor.” That is, if family income suddenly disappeared, you would have inadequate reserve cash to live even at the federal poverty level for three months ($1962.50/month for a family of four) and stay current with your “must pay” bills. Now, a layoff occurs, your car breaks down, and a child becomes quite ill.  All normal parts of living. Your few assets are quickly depleted; credit cards maxed. Eventually, you are evicted from your residence. You manage for quite a while with … Continue reading Poverty is Everyone’s Problem: Ministry WITH the Poor

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

Holiday advice flows from every communication source, mostly on how to deal with too much forced togetherness of relatives and the stress of the next few weeks. And every year I ask, “If this is supposed to be such a fun time, why are we all so stressed?” I’m going to put the blame right where it belongs: on Norman Rockwell and Clement Clarke Moore. Norman Rockwell’s paintings graced The Saturday Evening Post covers for four decades and sometimes featured idealized holiday family gatherings. Moore probably penned the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” more popularly known as “The Night … Continue reading ‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

Solution to the Government Shutdown: Holocaust, US Style

I know how to end the government shutdown and the growing economic crisis that it is causing. My solution may seem drastic to some, but drastic times call for drastic answers. Really, it is quite simple: eliminate all non-productive members of society. No more drains on the federal budget. We reverse the unholy dreaded deficit, and can get back to business as usual. The Criteria for Elimination (Must meet both. We do want to be fair) 1. All who do not pay income taxes themselves. 2. All who receive government aid to survive. My quick take is that the following … Continue reading Solution to the Government Shutdown: Holocaust, US Style

The Texas Roll Call of Shame

The following Texas members of the US House of Representatives voted FOR the bill that rips even bigger holes in a fragile safety net of the most vulnerable people in the US.  The full list of all Representatives who voted for it is here. Please note that each of these members of the US House of Representatives earn $175,000/year along with enjoying multiple perks and benefits that provide much economic comfort. Many have other substantial income sources as well. It is not my place to tell anyone how to vote or who to vote for.  That’s an individual decision, and … Continue reading The Texas Roll Call of Shame

US House of Representatives: Just Try Living on the Poverty Line

This editorial calls what the House Representatives have done by cutting food stamps as “act of supreme indifference.” The comments on the article are breaking my heart. Over and over, the commentators equate Christianity with utter cruelty to the poor, mainly because so many who voted for this bill have labeled themselves the best of Christians. Earlier this week, I was well into a beautifully-researched, cogently-argued, exquisitely-written article about how difficult it is to survive on the minimum wage. I had explained persuasively that we should get off the backs of those who receive assistance (SNAP:  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance … Continue reading US House of Representatives: Just Try Living on the Poverty Line

White Privilege

“Well, my God would . . .” or “the God I worship . . .” –those phrases roll through my mind as I continue to read anguished commentary and responses to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. News headlines like: “The Zimmerman Acquittal: America’s Racist God,” and “What Does it Mean to Call ‘God’ a White Racist?” push me to realize once more that the way we perceive God depends a lot on our cultural contexts. All this brings back a strong memory of a seminar I participated in years ago … Continue reading White Privilege