My Son, The Holy Heretic

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I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet retired business woman, writer and my mom, Linda Brendle.                     Christian sometimes says he’s the product of an atheist and a Southern [Read More...]

Beyond Sequestration, Christianity Quietly Converges

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I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet biblical scholar and author, Dr. Eric Elnes. The move to “sequestration” in Washington, DC is the most recent product of a three-decade trend toward political polarization in America.  Yet in the [Read More...]

Subverting the Norm II: Can Postmodern Theology Live in the Churches?

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I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet writer, speaker and pastor, the Rev. Dr. Phil Snider.       Those who follow me on Twitter can pretty much attest to the fact that I am incredibly excited about [Read More...]

Heartbroken Atheist Mama

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I’m taking an early Spring Break this week and will be running a guest blogger series featuring some of my favorite writers. Today meet author and speaker Margot Starbuck. After enjoying Amy Julia Becker’s blog at Patheos last week, I wandered out of the safety and comfort of the “evangelical” zone and landed at The [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Holy Sex” Edition

The folks who showed up thinking they were going to a seminar on "holey sex" were totally disappointed.

In church growing up I got two messages about sex: It’s dirty, and; Save it for the one person you love enough to marry. Got it! Wait… Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons [Read More...]

VIDEO Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition

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Hang on to your junk, folks. This one might sting a little…   Church Sign Epic Fails, “Surgically Altered” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons Rock” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Family Values” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Pass [Read More...]

Into the Shadows: The Origins of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)

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Yesterday, I discussed some of the historical bases for our contemporary understanding of Satan. Today, I’ll consider how hell evolved as part of the Christian faith. In Old Testament scripture, the resting place for the dead is called Sheol. While some believe this is the same as hell, there are indications to the contrary. In [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Show Me the Money” Edition

Not sure if this is a prosperity gospel deal or a fundraising ploy, but either way, always a stellar idea to borrow phrases for church from a movie about a greedy, selfish sports agent.

I got a visit from my pastor recently asking me to give more. Then it occurred to me; my wife is my pastor! And what the heck is she doing with that new Lexus? Gah! Church Sign Epic Fails, “Apocalypse Now” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Mormons Rock” Edition Church Sign Epic Fails, “Family Values” [Read More...]


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