Why we love “The Walking Dead”

Maybe you don’t love the Walking Dead, but millions of people do. The question is, why? I’ve just had a new piece published on this topic by CWR magazine. I get into why we love zombies as well as why we’re drawn continually to the post-apocalyptic settings in which such stories take place You can [Read More…]

Just because something hurts doesn’t mean it’s the truth

I realize I take some swipes at various people and groups on this blog from time to time. In my defence, although I can come across as critical, that’s probably because I’m an idealist at heart, and anything less than perfection seems like a crime to me (which is probably why I enjoy book and film [Read More…]

Why so many white evangelical Christians are incompetent scoundrels

Writer Samuel Johnson once said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” To be fair, he wasn’t criticizing love of one’s country, he was criticizing so-called “false patriotism,” which was really a cloak for self-interest. By calling a selfish or aggressive act “patriotic,” it somehow becomes heroic. It’s an appeal to emotions in order [Read More…]

The most dangerous people in the world

We’re often led to believe that the most dangerous people on the planet are those with the least to lose, the gun-toting, suicide-bombing militants who will stop at nothing to burn the world down. I’ve think we’ve got it wrong. The most dangerous people in the world aren’t those with the least to lose, it’s those with [Read More…]

Why you need to read “Disarming Scripture”–it’s a matter of life and death

One of my favorite sayings attributed to Jesus comes from Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” If I can paraphrase this just a little, that pretty much sums up the central argument of Derek Flood’s excellent new book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need [Read More…]

Looking for a Christmas gift for that “special someone”? How about a book on hell?

For a blog called “Hellbound?”, I don’t tend to write about hell very much. However, with the holiday season fast approaching, I thought I’d make a list of books that I tend to recommend the most when people ask me about hell. They are pretty much in order in terms of how frequently I recommend them, but [Read More…]

Guest Post from Jason Wiedel: Standing Up for Christmas

Jason Wiedel’s new book Persecution Complex: Why American Christians Need to Stop Playing the Victim addresses the persecution narrative embraced by many Evangelical Christians. The book is available for purchase here. Jason blogs at JasonWiedel.com. You can ready excerpts of Persecution Complex here. Every year the American Family Association releases the Naughty or Nice List. This is a [Read More…]

Frank Schaeffer at his finest

Author Talk: Frank Schaeffer from PPLD TV on Vimeo. [Read more…]

Persecution Complex: Coming soon!

Persecution Complex: Why American Christians Need to Stop Playing the Victim, a new book by Jason Wiedel that I helped edit, will be released in mid-November, which is just around the corner. If you order your copy now, you can get it for just $14, and shipping is free. What is Persecution Complex? It’s pretty [Read More…]

Kevin DeYoung — the complete “Hellbound?” interview

This rounds out my collection of “young, restless and Reformed” interviewees. Like Justin Taylor, Kevin doesn’t have nearly the name recognition of Mark Driscoll, but he’s certainly more of a “brain trust” in the Reformed world. My conversation with Kevin was uncomfortable and awkward at times. He has called his involvement with the film “interesting,” [Read More…]