Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

I grew up in an evangelical home, believing (because I was told so) that evangelical Christians were persecuted. Unfortunately, the growing success of the LGBTQ rights movement has given evangelical Christians one more way to see themselves as persecuted---because, they argue, their religious freedom includes the freedom to discriminate. Even here, though, many evangelicals are so quick to claim that they're being persecuted that they'll go out of their way to do so.It seems World Magazine's … [Read more...]


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That Time Jesus Was at the Well with Steve Bannon

I grew up in an evangelical home; while I'm no longer religious, I've become somewhat familiar with liberation theology, and with progressive Christianity more generally. Given this familiarity, I was seriously troubled by a recent tweet by Nadia Bolz-Weber, progressive Christian pastor and author:Text: We all come back from the grocery store to the sight of Jesus chatting it up at the well with Steve Bannon. Jesus is the worst. The story about the woman at the well, of course, goes l … [Read more...]


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Christianity Today Goes Full Pick-Up Artist

You know you've been there---you're sitting on the train or in an airplane (or perhaps in a waiting room or at a park) and you find yourself briefly in conversation with a stranger nearby. So you make smalltalk. Jerry Root, an evangelical professor, wants his readers to turn this smalltalk into evangelization.Root's call to everyday evangelism is in itself is perhaps not surprising---after all, evangelicals have long placed significant emphasis on evangelism---but his detailed discussion of t … [Read more...]


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Rod Dreher Once Called Pedophile Priests the “Lavender Mafia”

In writing my recent post about Rod Dreher's response to Rachel Held Evans, I came upon something that piqued my interest. From Rod Derher's Wikipedia page: Raised a Methodist, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. He wrote widely in the Catholic press, but covering the Roman Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, starting in 2002, led him to question his Catholicism,[1] and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.[12] At the time, Dreher had argued that th … [Read more...]


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On Rod Dreher’s Ironic Response to Rachel Held Evans

Rod Dreher, senior editor of the American Conservative and convert to Catholicism then Eastern Orthodoxy, has published a book promoting the "Benedict Option" idea that he's been kicking around for a decade. I was struck by blog post Dreher wrote recently in response to criticism from progressive writer Rachel Held Evans, because in his post Dreher inadvertently backed up Evans' critique in a way that also pointed to the strength and depth of Dreher's persecution complex.But first, some backg … [Read more...]


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Thrown Out to Witness

Growing up in an evangelical home, I was taught that saving souls was the most important thing we could do. Because I was homeschooled, however, I wasn't exposed to a lot of unsaved people as a child. There were the international students my parents sponsored, but these students were older than I was, and evangelizing them was more my parents' game. I did try to evangelize several relatives, one aunt in particular, but (perhaps unsurprisingly) that didn't go so well. One reason I decided to a … [Read more...]


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Voting for Trump with Jesus in the Room

A drive-in theater in Alabama won't be showing the new Beauty and the Beast movie because it has a gay character. The owner, Carol Laney, explained thusly: If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it. I grew up in an evangelical home, and I remember hearing this same basic argument made in a variety of situations---for instance, don't do anything with your boyfriend/girlfriend that you wouldn't do if Jesus were in the room, or even, when a … [Read more...]


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