All posts by Darrell Grizzle

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

Rest in Peace, Tammy Faye

Listen to our podcast interview with Tammy Faye Messner’s son Jay Bakker. One of my heroes passed away this summer, on July 20, 2007. Tammy Faye Messner spent her years after the PTL Club scandal ostracised by many in the established church, and she said

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Stranger in a Strange Land: Bishop Spong in Cobb County

John Shelby Spong, the controversial Episcopal bishop who writes such provocatively-titled books as Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, recently did a book-signing and reading in Austell, Georgia. Austell is in Cobb County, infamous for its 1993 anti-gay resolution

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Bishop Robinson: Beyond Activism to Reconciliation

“Justice is Orthodox Theology.” That was the theme of a conference of progressive Episcopalians who met in Atlanta November 7 – 9, 2004. The keynote speaker was the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay priest whose consecration as Bishop of New Hampshire has

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Gnostic Cat

In my dream the cat was talking (as he sometimes does in dreams) but I wasn’t paying close attention, concerned about what he was doing: working on electrical outlets, his furry paws adjusting wires as he Kato the mystical cat, at his desk said that,

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Living Life Fully, Moment by Moment

Kim Boykin is a Christian practitioner of Zen and an experienced workshop leader and teacher of Zen practices and contemplative prayer, to both Christian and non-Christian audiences. She holds the M.T.S. degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is currently working toward a

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Protesting Oppression Within and Without

“God ordained war! War is God’s way of punishing the wicked!” The woman with the loudspeaker shouted angry slurs at us as we attempted to hold an interfaith prayer vigil at Y-12, the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Although there were about 120

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Ministers in Fur

Coming home from the hospital, it was still several months before I could return to work. I had been temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, due to a neurological disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. After undergoing physical therapy to learn to walk again, I hobbled around