Leroy Barber on Why Gentrification Sucks (Plus Paris and Pastafarians)

Most cities in the U.S. are experiencing a wave of re-urbanization. From high-rise condos to boutique groceries, it’s everywhere. What was old is becoming new. So why is that a bad thing? It ain’t necessarily, author, pastor and activist Leroy Barber explains this week. But the way we do it, he says, needs a major [Read More…]

The Legacy of Fred Phelps

I suppose it is an indication of how steeped in popular culture I am that the first thing that came to mind when I heard of the death of Westboro Baptist Church founder and former leader Fred Phelps was the song, “Freddie’s Dead,” by Curtis Mayfield. But although it is a relatively superficial and tangential [Read More…]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Take That, Westboro” Edition

For those who have asked me what my brand of “third way” nonviolent engagement for justice looks like…this one’s for you.   [Read more…]

Pastor Terry Jones is No Match for the Beatles’ LOVE

Many will remember pastor Terry Jones as the champion of the “Burn a Quran Day” event, intended to fan anti-Islamic rhetoric on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Though many shouted him down and criticized his motives, he continues to have somewhat of a national platform for his agenda. In this video produced by the [Read More…]

If Jesus Came to Westboro Baptist

A friend of mine named Jason shared this with me. Thought it was too good not to post. [Read more…]

New “Hellbound?” Movie explores, Challenges Christian Doctrine of Hell

I first heard about the movie “Hellbound?” (coming out this fall) at Wild Goose Festival. They were offering an advance screening of the movie, and although I was just passing by the tent at the time, the subject matter stopped me where I was. A thoughtful, well-researched, accessible discussion about the history, purpose and prospects [Read More…]

God Hates _______.

Fred Phelps and his followers at Westboro Baptist Church (if you can call it a church) are certainly always good for discussion fodder. Although I’ve seen their “God Hates (fill in the blank) signs in the media and in person, I found this one particularly chilling: In a way, I think we owe Mr. Phelps [Read More…]

“Angry Queers” Take on Driscoll, Mars Hill the Wrong Way

I had a stew of emotions when I read about an activist group in Portland calling itself the “Angry Queers” vandalizing a satellite church of Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill network. Neighbors in the area reported seeing a handful of young people in black masks smashing stained glass windows and damaging other property on the church [Read More…]


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