AJ Jacobs and Internet Trolls: Homebrewed CultureCast #12

In what may be their biggest get thus far, the CultureCast welcomes author, NPR contributor, and Esquire editor-at-large A.J. Jacobs to the show. On topic: A.J.’s newest book, “Drop Dead Healthy,” in which he chronicles the vastly different ways humans can bring their bodies to peak health, and how it feels to be the father of a cottage [Read More...]

On Rachel Held Evans and Why “Vagina-gate” Matters

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Some may be aware of the dust kicked up around Rachel Held Evans‘ new book, “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” but in case you’re unfamiliar with the “vagina-gate” phenomenon, let me catch you up. For starters, I think the whole name for the phenomenon is a little bit unfortunate. Yes, I know that every time [Read More...]

Gospel Coalition’s Views on Gender, Sex Aren’t “Complementary”

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On the one hand, I’m encouraged when Christians can have more honest, open dialogue about sex and sexuality in the public forum. On the other, I’m more than a little distressed when the matter at hand is about “Biblically-based” sexual submission. For those unfamiliar, there are (at least) two camps in the Christian conversation about [Read More...]

Young Adults: Forget Church, Follow Jesus

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Two recent articles grabbed my attention, partly because they resonate quite a bit with the pieces I’ve written about Why Young Adults Leave Church. It’s also interesting to me that so many people seem to be talking about this at this particular time. Rachel Held Evans and I came out with some pieces at the [Read More...]

A Minister’s Letter of Apology to Young Adults

I don’t usually post other people’s work on my own blog. But this conversation about “Why Young Adults Quit Church” has become much, much bigger than my handful of articles I wrote to add my two cents. In addition to media in the Midwest and even Australia picking up on them, other writers are beginning [Read More...]

Examining John Piper’s “Masculine Christianity”

I really want to give people like John Piper the benefit of the doubt. Given that he’s a minister in the Baptist tradition, it doesn’t surprise me when he only refers to God as “he” or when he talks about the man’s role as spiritual head of the household. I grew up Baptist, so I’ve [Read More...]

Confessions of a Prayer-Averse Minister

I’m sitting in the airport as I write this, halfway between home and Philadelphia, where I’m joining dozens of other author/speakers at Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians retreat. Frankly, I was shocked I was even invited, particularly when I browsed the list of invitees. Bruce Reyes Chow, Tony Jones, Peter Rollins, Rachel Held Evans, Gareth [Read More...]

Parting Thoughts from Soularize

I came a little bit late to the game. This was my first Soularize event, but founder Spencer Burke also announced it will be the last. Always the visionary, Spencer is moving on, carrying the conversation “from critique to action,” he says. with this, he announced his new Mission Planting project, with the focus on [Read More...]


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