Two Poems by Joe Gross
Cowboy for Christ
Gender-bending love at Bible camp. From Believer, Beware, now available as an e-book!
Yemen, Starting Over
Shem begins working again, laying the foundations for the city that today we call Sana’a.
Beware of Christmas Stories
Alternet has a sobering followup to the heartwarming story about the NY City policeman who gave the homeless man a pair of boots. As reported in the New York Times, the object of the policeman’s generosity, a 54-year-old army veteran named Jeffrey Hillman, was shoeless again within days, the $100 pair of boots either sold…
The Year of the Bi-i-ble
Good News! The Pennsylvania Legislature just declared 2012 the Year of the Bible. Since they didn’t specify exactly which Bible, as in the “King James Bible Heritage Month” resolution from the same session, and since I only live in neighboring Maryland, I’m going to go ahead and play along with my trusty Good News Bible.…
An American Eden, Dead on the Fourth of July
Greetings, fellow Americans. I’d like to pay tribute to a little-known patriot who died on the fourth of July, 30 years ago. Although it’s not as exciting as being Born on the Fourth of July, I think Elvy Edison Callaway of Bristol, Florida, would be happy to be associated in any way possible with Independence…
Ban This, Bible!
Buddha killer Becky Garrison is one of the dozen contributors to Banned Questions about the Bible, a book that discusses 50 questions your Sunday school teachers were afraid to answer. The eleven questions Becky was asked to answer in two hundred words or less include: “Aren’t women treated poorly in the Bible?” “Was Mary Magdalene…
Richard Dawkins Loves the Bible
Richard Dawkins, the supposedly angry New Atheist constantly accused of knowing nothing about the religion he rails against, couldn’t even wait until January 1st to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible—”warts and all.” He riffs, in the New Statesman: The King James Bible occupies nearly 42 pages of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations,…
Confessions of a Dead Sea Scrolls Groupie
At the age of nine, I fell into a into a life of preteen crime by stealing Tiger Beats to feed my David Cassidy fix. After outgrowing The Partridge Family, I vowed that never again would I succumb to the lures of fandom. I’ve mocked those who follow the trend du jour, whether it is prepubescent girls…