Politics, sin and serious reporting in La. bayou country

As I’ve shared before, I spent a few years of my early childhood in West Monroe, La., where my dad attended the White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching. That now-defunct school was operated by the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ, now known nationally as the home congregation of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” [Read More...]

Does adultery = prostitution for the WPost?

Nothing optional—from homosexuality to adultery—is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishments) have a repressed desire to participate. As Shakespeare put it in King Lear, the policeman who lashes the whore has a hot need to use her for the very offense for which he plies the lash. [Read More...]

When a pastor has an affair and nobody’s talking

A megachurch pastor resigns after admitting an affair. That sounds like a news story, right? Only problem: Outside of an official church statement, nobody seems to be talking. Not the pastor. Not the congregation’s leaders. Not anybody close to the situation, really. What’s a reporter to do? Well, a creative journalist could do worse than [Read More...]

The theology in all those Father Greeley sex scenes

Much like his friend (historian, not theologian) Martin Marty, the prominent sociologist (not theologian) Father Andrew Greeley of Chicago lived a long and astonishingly productive career in which he had few unpublished thoughts. This is not a man whose rambunctious life would be easy to cover in a simple newspaper obituary. He was also one [Read More...]

God’s role in Mark Sanford’s redemption story

God — and South Carolina voters — decided Tuesday to give disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford a second chance. At least that’s the impression left by news coverage of the state’s most famous adulterer, who won back his old seat in Congress with 54 percent of the vote. The war-size headline on the front page [Read More...]

Pod people: Manhattan media melancholia

The oh-so familiar provincialism of The New York Times was the principal object of my harrumphing in a recent Crossroads podcast, which was recorded back on Nov. 23. I’ve been wrestling with computer gremlins for several days now, so this is a bit late. Host Todd Wilken and I discussed three of my recent GetReligion [Read More...]


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