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...]

Mark Driscoll on Women as “Weaker Vessels”

First, I owe an apology for mis-quoting Mars Hill’s Pastor Mark Driscoll in an earlier post when I said he had called women “inferior vessels.” In fact, he refers to them as “weaker vessels,’ and not inferior. The quote (or one of them at least) where this can be found is from a Bible study [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...]

GOP Nostalgia is a Symptom of Privilege

There’s an awful lot of talk in the political forum lately about restoring America to some nostalgic state of yesteryear, when supposedly everything was better. If we could only get back there, everything would be all right again. I guess that depends on who you ask, doesn’t it? Author Melissa Harris-Perry recently appeared on “The [Read More...]

Can Mormonism Ever Go Mainstream?

The Mormon faith has gotten more attention in the last couple of years than most could have anticipated. Aside from the ad campaign promoted by the Mormon Church to portray Mormons as everyday folks, other events have eclipsed this more calculated effort to mold public opinion. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of Southpark, have [Read More...]

PETA Porn: Humans are Animals Too

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Most people I encounter on a daily basis recognize People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as pretty “out there” at least in their methods, if not their message. I respect the group’s passion for animal rights, though I don’t agree with all of their arguments, and like many advocacy groups, I think their [Read More...]


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