A Faith, Broken: When Inclusion Evokes Christian Ire

Jonathan Merritt

I have great respect for religion writer Jonathan Merritt, even though we disagree on a lot of social and theological issues. He evoked a maelstrom about his article suggesting the Arizona law allowing businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people was less than Christian, and yet he stands behind his words. Basically, many prominent voices from the [Read More...]

Will Corporate America Normalize Gay Marriage?

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There was quite a fuss about Coca Cola airing a commercial during the Super Bowl that presented people singing “God Bless America” in various languages. And, to top it off, they even portrayed same-sex couples as families. It wasn’t exactly shocking to see Coke presenting a more pluralistic, harmonious image of the contemporary world today. [Read More...]

Why the Grammys’ “Macklemore Weddings” Were a Good Thing

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Lots of folks have been chattering about the mass wedding that took place in the middle of Macklemore’s “Same Love” performance at the Grammys this past week. The lighting-quick ceremony included dozens of couples, both same-sex and opposite sex, presided over by none other than music and film star Queen Latifah. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mastur-abater” Edition

Unless you use some novel two-handed system I'm unfamiliar with, you should be able to swing both, I think.

So I thought if you masturbate, you’d grow hair on your palms. Turns out your arm bursts into flames. The first one, I can deal with. The second…not so much. [Read more...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Grandpa Ape” Edition

That's right! Just ask my cousin/uncle/grandpa merle over there. He'll break it all down for you...

In honor of World AIDS Day, we have a particularly gay array of signage today. Who’s ready to get their intolerance on???   [Read more...]

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don’t Agree

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Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. Some might even call his experience a crisis of faith, but for Schaefer and his son, Tim, the struggles they have [Read More...]

Creepy Sexy Babies, Doing Death Right and Fresh Hop Beer

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First, we want to welcome the inimitable Andy Campbell, who is sitting in for Jordan Green while he attends to family matters. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Green family during this difficult time. We cover a lot of ground in this edition of the culture cast. In the echo chamber, we let Amy [Read More...]

The “Those Christians” Test

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No, this isn’t a test to see if you’re me. And it’s not even a test to see if you’re a Christian, exactly. It’s a way to tell if maybe – just maybe – you’re one of “those Christians” who so many that have walked away from the faith say had something to do with [Read More...]


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