Church Death and Church Evolution

David Hayward's cartoon above is accompanied by a comment acknowledging that the church itself may never die, but churches die all the time. The reason some religious believers sometimes manage to persuade themselves otherwise is much the same reason some manage to persuade themselves that evolution does not occur. When change occurs over generations, it [Read More...]

The Church and Change

David Hayward's blog is now at Patheos, and his latest cartoon is a poignant pun. Getting any kind of “change” in a church can be unrealistic, and may perhaps even sound like a joke. Yet Jesus himself clearly was an agent of change, both individual and social. And so we ought to reflect on the [Read More...]

David Hayward is Moving to Patheos!

I’m posting this to spread the good news that David Hayward, the cartoonist known to many from his blog Naked Pastor, is moving his blog to Patheos. Welcome, David! Some of his cartoons I absolutely love. Some of them I strongly disagree with. They are pretty much never dull and never fail to get you [Read More...]

A Close Reading of Mark Driscoll’s Tweet

David Hayward has offered a detailed analysis of Mark Driscoll’s tweet, which I blogged about yesterday. What do you think? Does he accurately get at the meaning of the short statement and the assumptions behind it? [Read more...]

Questions vs. Assertions

David Hayward’s cartoon above gets it exactly right. Confident assertions often weigh us down and tie us to ways of thinking that often are not as well founded as we initially assumed. Questions raise us up to discover new things that we could never have if we refused to ask them. Even if the questioning [Read More...]

God’s Bible

Here’s another provocative cartoon from David Hayward: David points out that the Bible’s repeated references to “the Word of God” are not about something that can be called “the Bible.” This is true – and ought to be obvious – for several reasons. First and foremost, when the texts that eventually came to make up [Read More...]

Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year: I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the [Read More...]

Converting to/from Fundamentalism

David Hayward shared this older cartoon of his today: The title seems to me precisely wrong. There is indeed a dividing line between those who see the world in terms of binary opposites, and those who see the world as rich, complex, deep, beautiful, and defying simple categories. But that line cuts through the whole [Read More...]

Is Your Jesus a Spoiled Brat?

David Hayward is on a roll this week. Here’s his latest cartoon: David adds the comment: You’d think he would have outgrown this narcissistic attitude by the time he became an adult. But… according to many… apparently not. This is really insightful. The God and the Jesus that many conservative Christians envisage is one who [Read More...]

God’s Relationship to Theology

Another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. What do you think it means? I take it to mean that the depiction of God in theology is no more accurate than Fox News' depictions of Obama. Could it be understood in a different way – as though theology itself is more frequently attacking God than portraying him [Read More...]

The Last Thing We Need

Another provocative cartoon from David Hayward. What do you think of it? Would you agree that another religion – even if it happens to be your own – is the last thing humanity needs? [Read more...]


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