The Fundamentalist War on Christmas


For my last post on the “War on Christmas”, did you know that the historical and modern reality is that there actually has been, and still is, a war on Christmas? The crazy truth is that there actually is a war on Christmas– and it’s not being fought by the people you’d expect… the legitimate [Read More...]

Fox News Reports: Jesus Was A White Guy

If we haven’t lost all reason to avoid Fox News at all cost, this is it… Fox News is on a new mission: keep Santa and Jesus white. As reported by Megyn Kelly today in a story about keeping Santa white, Kelly reminded viewers of an important “fact”– that in addition to Santa being white: [Read More...]

Why Is Mark Driscoll Getting A Free Pass On Theft? (a problem of power)

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Unless I’m your only source to news from within Christian discussions, you’ve probably heard over this last week of the brewing Mark Driscoll scandal where he was caught plagiarizing in a few of his books. This case, is perhaps a slam dunk case of plagiarism as it gets, lifting whole passages nearly world-for-word from works [Read More...]

Mourning with Those Who Mourn (it’s not the most wonderful time of year for everyone.)

  It’s the “most wonderful time of the year”, or so they say. Except, that it’s not for everybody. For some, this is the most painful time of the year. For us, this Christmas is a potent mix of both. We’ve been proactive in trying to get into the Christmas spirit in an effort to [Read More...]

Really, Atheists? You can do better than this.

Earlier in the week I wrote a now viral post on the origins of the word “Xmas” and came to the defense of some of our atheist friends who often get incorrectly blamed for trying to take “Christ” out of “Christmas”. While I was correct in my explanation of the history of the term, this [Read More...]

Unique Christmas Gift: become a post-rapture pet caretaker for a loved one.

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Well friends, it’s the Christmas season again and time to start thinking about ways we might generously give to others. Not being a fan of American consumerism, I’m all for finding ways we can serve other people instead of wasting our money on needless junk that’s just going to end up sold for 10 cents [Read More...]

How Not to Sing ‘O Holy Night’

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I’ve got two words for you: you’re welcome. (this is spectacularly horrible and funny, you must watch!)   I hope this help to get you in the Christmas spirit! Ben [Read more...]

Keeping the “X” in Xmas: it’s not some secular conspiracy

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Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Soon our stockings will be hung by the chimney with care (something the Corey family did the day before Thanksgiving), gifts will be wrapped and placed beneath the tree, Christmas cheer will fill the air, and our Facebook news feeds will begin to be clogged with posts [Read More...]

Witches, Emergents, and Bullhorn Guys: My Interview With the Pastor of Witch City


Phil Wyman is perhaps the most interesting pastor in America. He might not think so, but this is my blog and I can say things like that. During my first semester in seminary I read an article about Phil and how he moved to Salem, Massachusetts to plant a church that would befriend witches, atheists, [Read More...]

Why I Submit to My Wife (It Honors God)

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“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Eph 5:21 Looking back on my life, there are a few days that I’d prefer to forget. One such day was a weekend in November 1998, when I met the woman who’d later become my father’s wife. I was living in Germany at the time, [Read More...]