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July 17, 2013
A top-notch profile of Baptist ethicist, with a few caveats
I really liked Tennessean Godbeat pro Bob Smietana's profile last year of Richard Land, then...
July 12, 2013
Pod people: The thin line between insight and hearsay
Earlier this week, I critiqued an Associated Press story on the hullabaloo caused by a...
July 10, 2013
What The Economist Gets Wrong About Calvinist Baptists
Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509) --...
July 10, 2013
In Kentucky, ‘Shiite Baptists’ and the crazy old uncle
Thou shalt not write an inflammatory newspaper column. Hell, it seems, hath no fury like...
July 10, 2013
Not all things considered: NPR on hymns
Let's get the praise for this story about praise music and hymnody out of the...
June 24, 2013
Journalism highs and lows: Christianity and gays edition
I'm elated to be able to highlight a wonderful article headlined "Christians' views vary on...
June 17, 2013
Crush Davis wrestles with anger issues, with God’s help
I realize that GetReligion readers have repeatedly demonstrated their lack of interest in the world...
June 13, 2013
Holy Scouts! Southern Baptists didn’t do what we expected!
So, when push came to shove, what did the Southern Baptist Convention decide to do...
June 12, 2013
Religion journalists save the day for young scribes
Last night I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion for The Fund for...
June 11, 2013
Calvinism debate shakes up Southern Baptist Convention
Just how much do you know about Calvinism? Former GetReligionista and current Religion News Service...
June 10, 2013
Southern Baptists on the downhill slide?
This just in from The Associated Press: Southern Baptists are having a tough time. But...
June 09, 2013
Political reporters learn about St. Augustine. Chaos ensues.
On Friday, Angus Dwyer wrote on Twitter: You'll never guess what uncontroversial Christian doctrine this...
June 08, 2013
Pod people: ‘Mass exodus’ from the Boy Scouts?
One of the wonderful things about writing is the ability to type something, decide it's...
June 05, 2013
Seven questions about Boy Scout gay policy coverage
Headlines over the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay members are still...
June 05, 2013
Dueling Christian coverage, or Ira Glass vs. National Journal
Above is a nice little snippet of an Ira Glass interview. Interview of Ira Glass,...
June 01, 2013
Churches dumping Boy Scouts over gay policy … or not?
Godbeat pro Bob Smietana wrote a story this week exploring whether churches will keep sponsoring Boy...
May 31, 2013
Why can’t press get religion, when covering black churches?
Let's face it. The mainstream press really struggles when trying to cover life in African-American...
May 29, 2013
God and faith in Oklahoma tornado coverage
In my first-person account of the Moore, Okla., tornado last week, I predicted that the faith...
May 24, 2013
After the Boy Scouts? For a few, camping with doctrine
When considering the forces pulling at the Boy Scouts of America, one thing journalists really...
May 20, 2013
Brittany Griner: ESPN gets close to key question
Truth be told, I still think that the question I asked a few weeks ago...
May 11, 2013
In post-denominational age, what’s in a name?
Joe Carter, our newest GetReligionista, referenced Southern Baptist name-change discussions in a post earlier this week....
May 10, 2013
Asking the Boy Scout questions that matter the most
If you know anything about the politics of gay rights, you know that there is...
May 07, 2013
So, what do Southern Baptists have to do to get some ink?
A couple of years ago the Southern Baptist Convention explored the option of changing their...
April 26, 2013
Upwardly mobile Hispanic evangelical converts?
Darn you, paywall. Earlier this month, Time magazine published a 3,500-word cover story on what...
April 05, 2013
Washington Post tries to define ‘liberal’ in Maryland
There is much to applaud in today's Washington Post story that ran under the headline,...
March 23, 2013
One-sided look at controversial Baptist flock in Charlotte
It has been quite some time since I have used an old GetReligion term (Cheers!),...
March 05, 2013
Covering Cal Baptist, MTV, the law and gender identity
Here we go again, once more into the legal thicket that surrounds private colleges and...
March 03, 2013
Two items of GetReligion biz (prayers for George, please)
Let me share two items with readers this weekend, both of a personal nature. The...
February 28, 2013
Van Cliburn on stage, at church and in private life
You know how, when you are growing up, that there is always some kind of...
February 15, 2013
Definition, please: Who are these evangelicals?
The Tampa Bay Times broke big news on its front page the other day. According...
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