Punk Protesters Sentenced to Two Years in Russian Jail

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An update from CNN on the previous story about the Russian punk trio standing trial for protesting against President Putin in a Russin Orthodox church: Three members of Russian female punk rock band P—- Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill: A Case for Accountability

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I wrote a piece recently about Mark Driscoll, his Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and their practice of disciplining members. A number of bloggers have responded with our concerns about how the situation was handled, and recently Mars Hill issued a brief response to criticism of their handling of the matter (thanks to Ian Ebright [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll: Sadist Pastor on the (Mars) Hill

I grew up in the Baptist Church as many of you already know. While there was a lot of positive that came from it – largely in direct relationship with other church members – there was always an undercurrent of fear and guilt that I found oppressive. Beyond that, I actually found the message often [Read More...]

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”

I’d like to think I’m pretty consistent in my advocacy for the poor. I have worked with numerous poverty-related nonprofits over the years, preached about it and worked on it in church, written about it, and so on. But in general, all of that remains at a large “macro” level. It is a nameless, faceless [Read More...]

Top 5 Blog Posts: A Month in Review

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There’s been a great deal more traffic on this blog in the past month. For that, I offer my sincere thanks! The discussions have picked up in volume and conviction, and it’s really fun to watch and help facilitate. Since I found that folks seem to really appreciate “Top 5″ or “Top 10″ lists, I [Read More...]

Re-Membering: the Heart of the Gospel

One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There [Read More...]

The Nerd Gospel

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I have a number of identifiers on my various venues I write for and on my email signature: heretic, antagonist, father, son, instigator, pop culture junkie, theologian, social media guru, and so on. But one seems to resonate with folks more than any other: GOD NERD For some it’s just a funny juxtaposition of words. [Read More...]

Three Cups of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” made tremendous waves when it hit bookshelves. The heartening stories of reaching across cultural and national lines to give hope to Pakistani children in the form of new schools was the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. Mortenson became a celebrity. Unfortunately, recent light has been shed on some [Read More...]


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