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And God Said, "Billy!" is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller Frank Schaeffer that author Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. And God Said, "Billy!" is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era … [Read more...]

Mandela: The Destroyer of Calvinism and Bad Theology

I remember Mandela. Mandela will be remembered in many ways, but for me he’s the giant that replaced bad theology with love and was able to change the world. While I was living in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was still in prison. Apartheid was crumbling. So Mandela had already destroyed the Calvinism that had imprisoned him and his country. From behind bars he’d replaced the fatalistic racism of Calvinistic theology with the open ended loving forgiving God of reconciliation. Instead of accepting … [Read more...]

Here’s A Reason Why I Bother Writing– “Frank, I need the rawness. I need the dirt. I need the profanity.”

I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please remove all the identifiers. When I say we’re from rural parts, I mean that. Everybody knows everybody. Our people are bible thumping (and twisting), Obama hating, tea party rednecks, bitter and broken and full of indoctrinated blame... "So here's the letter emailed from somewhere in the South: "My name is ---, 43 years old, husband, father. I was … [Read more...]

Oo La La! Wild Goose Festival Turns a (BIG) Media Corner

I have an emotional and spiritual -- not to mention personal -- stake in the Wild Goose Festival. So it was with a great sense of relief that I looked out from the main stage last week and saw a crew from PBS covering our rain-soaked happy God-frolic in the woods at the same time as a crew from NPR was recording 3 programs there.        I’ve been part of the Wild Goose Festival since it started 3 years ago. As I said from the platform on the main stage this year, while asking peo … [Read more...]


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