God, Tennessee, culture and that (ironic) red-flannel shirt

Once again, the oh-so-bookish politician cloaked in that red plaid shirt is touring the complex state of Tennessee, trying to walk the complicated line between the populism of the old Democratic South and today’s modern Republican realities. One of the major problems faced by Sen. Lamar Alexander remains the same: He is the kind of [Read More...]

The Big D’s sex-loving, millionaire megapastor

Would a major network such as A&E really consider a reality series featuring a millionaire evangelical family? No, I’m not talking about THAT family. Before “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson became the subject of a gazillion tweets, Facebook posts and news stories this week, The Dallas Morning News ran a 5,000-word feature on a Texas megachurch’s [Read More...]

How many atheists does it take to form a ‘megachurch?’

In pitching a trend story for a national audience, a headline-friendly catchphrase goes a long way. Take the expression “atheist megachurch,” for example. That’s sure to grab editors’ attention, right? Such was the case over the weekend as The Associated Press reported on what it characterized as atheist megachurches “taking root across the U.S. and [Read More...]

The AP discovers the Christian hipster pastor

Does your pastor wear v-neck shirts, have tattoos on both forearms, and ride a fixed-gear bike? Is the building where you go to church on Sunday morning a tavern/microbrewery on Saturday night? Are the communion wafer at your church gluten-free? Probably not, because you (i.e., the typical GetReligion reader) are old and no longer cool. [Read More...]


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