NSA, DOMA’s Demise and Don Draper (HBCultureCast)

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We have all sorts of stuff to discuss this week, and with Amy sidelined due to carousing, Christian and Jordan tackled it all alone. Okay, not entirely alone. We bring back Mike Collins, the hacker extraordinaire who explained Bitcoin a few months ago, to discuss Edward Snowden, the intelligence analyst who’s currently hiding out from [Read More...]

Exodus International’s Alan Chambers: Bending History’s Arc

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For more than a generation, the gay conversion organization known as Exodus International has been one of the most prominent Christian symbols of LGBT intolerance.  They have practiced what is commonly called “reparative therapy” to supposedly remove the urges of same-sex attraction from those who seek to become straight. I have personally written at great [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “He Touched Me” Edition

Never, EVER diddle the church sign guy. This is what you get.

We’ve all said those things that we wish we could take back right after we said them. Now, imagine that thing being posted on a church sign, photographed and shared on the internet…yeah. [Read more...]

Time to Admit It: We’re All Gay

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 I was disappointed, although not entirely surprised, when the Southern Baptist Convention resolved to withdraw its support of the Boy Scouts because of their recent affirmation of the inclusion of children regardless of their sexual orientation.  Although the resolution is nonbinding for congregations, as is the policy of Baptist governance, 108,000 Boy Scouts currently sponsored [Read More...]

Convergence Christians, Gay Cakes and Dental Drama (CultureCast)

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Okay, who spiked the CultureCast punch with Aderall? These guys are all over the map today…hey look, shiny! This week we dig around in the gray matter of Eric Elnes, pastor of the online faith community Darkwood Brew, author of the Phoenix Affirmations (and many other books), and most recently, prophet and advocate for what [Read More...]

God Hits the “Smite” Button (Bonus Heretics Guide “Year D” Content For June 16, 2013)

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God Hits the “Smite” Button A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 6: June 16, 2013 Bible Cliff’s Notes Gospel Matthew 12:43-45:  This is a strange statement by Jesus in which he talks about how an unclean spirit wanders through deserts after leaving a person and returns [Read More...]

Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex

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I wrote a piece recently about the Christian challenges of what I call “marriage worship,” in which we focus so intensely on getting kids married before they have sex that we neglect necessary education and discourse about healthy emotional, spiritual and physical sexual expression. Though lots of people seemed to really appreciate the perspective in [Read More...]

Why I Am Actively Supporting the Boy Scouts

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A kid no more than thirteen or so came to our door yesterday. We stood tall and was freshly pressed in his scout uniform, his black canvas Chuck Taylors the only betrayal of his otherwise high-and-tight appearance. “Hello sir,” he said. I tried to mask the cringe I always feel coming on when someone calls [Read More...]


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