Texas Takeovers to Criminalized Christianity: When Facts No Longer Matter

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I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn’t a month off when I read the headline on NPR’s website that read: “Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover.” Surely it has to be April Fool’s Day all over again. But it’s real. As is common practice, the federal government [Read More...]

CultureCast LIVE (pt. 1 of 2): Chalke, Pagitt, Horse Feathers, Heatherlyn…and Beer

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Are you sitting down? Good, cause this show is pretty sure to rock your shorts clean off. And if you’re at a coffeeshop, goofing off at work or the like that could be a little awkward. But Christian, you ask, pray tell why this show would rock me out of my clothes more so than [Read More...]

Is a Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme that Enslaves Us to God?

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There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one. Aside from atonement theology (the idea that Jesus’ death paid a debt to God I could [Read More...]

Why I, a Protestant, Pray the “Hail Mary” and use a rosary

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As part of this year-long effort to better understand what we mean when we talk about following Jesus, called My Jesus Project, I’ve been making a more concerted effort to pray every day. Even though my tendency is to focus on more silent, contemplative reflection, I’ve actually taken on a number of prayers that I [Read More...]

Three of the Most Dangerous Christian Words: “Do You Believe…”

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If you were ever baptized, think of the three words the pastor or priest likely said to you before performing the sacred act. How about if you decided to join a church. Or when you wanted to receive communion. Or if you were confronted by another Christian about the strength or integrity of your faith. [Read More...]

Five Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism

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Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. One big critique, understandably, of postmodern views on Christian spirituality is that there’s too much time and energy spent deconstructing old systems and ways of thinking that need to be torn down [Read More...]

Interviewing Haaz Sleiman: Muslim Star of “Killing Jesus”

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Lots of people know about the new movie, “Killing Jesus,” premiering on Nat Geo Channel on Palm Sunday. Most everyone who has heard about it has strong feelings about it, given that it’s based – at least sort of – on the book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly. Some folks are abuzz about [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

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(Join Christian in his year-long quest to better understand what we mean when we claim to follow Jesus at http://www.myjesusproject.com/. Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice? If so, [Read More...]


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