Gallup Poll: Churchgoers Report Better Moods & Higher Overall Well-being

  I’m biased, I know, but this is interesting. Gallup has recently done some research on the impact of religion upon our lives. They found there is a direct correlation between positive emotions/good moods and how often you attend church. They’ve developed something called the “well being index” in which the very religious people (defined [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – Praying for Matt Nagel

I confess that my friend & Paperback Theology reader Matt Nagel had a stroke on Sunday while running with friends. After two surgeries he is fighting for his life at KU Medical Center while his brain swells far beyond the point of significant risk. I confess that I am heartsick. I confess that I will spend [Read More...]

Farewell to Earl Scruggs

One of the most unique musicians of a generation died yesterday. Scruggs was an icon with a banjo in his hand. Part of the legendary duo with Lester Flatt, they defined real bluegrass and took flat-picking to the masses. Scruggs played everywhere, from the White House, to Carnegie Hall, to the country fair the man [Read More...]

Are the Neo-Reformed really just Neo-Fundamentalists?

Here are a few paragraphs from a paper by Mike Clawson, who is getting his PhD. at Baylor. He argues that the neo-reformed movement (think Mark Driscoll, John Piper, John MacArthur, Acts 29, The Gospel Coalition), is really just a new fundamentalism which is built around different issues than before. I think it’s a fascinating [Read More...]

Stanley Hauerwas on Prayer – a great 2 min. video

  Stanley Hauerwas has made a deep impression on me over the years. My first encounter with him was via Resident Aliens. That was twelve or thirteen years ago. Then came A Community of Character and articles and speeches. I love his sense of humor and how seriously he takes his work. But I think [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am not a consumer I am a steward. I confess that we do not live in a world of scarcity, but a world of abundance. I confess these things with my mouth, and believe them in my heart. I confess that too often I do not live as though they are [Read More...]

The Truth About the Democratic Party

I’ve got a new article up at the Huffington Post. Strangely it has been filed under the “Politics” section, not the religion section. It’s the last in the 3 part series on the major players in the 2012 political elections. As always, I really appreciate when people go onto the Huffington Post site and “share” [Read More...]

The Hunger Games: The AV Club Review – What did You Think?

There’s a pretty good review of the Hunger Games at the AV Club. I typically enjoy what these guys put out there & having not seen the movie the review seems fair. Their assessment is that it is the kind of book-based movie which tries to stay faithful to the book. Starship Troopers, meets The [Read More...]

It’s a Big Tent Revival – BTR is back!

  One fall Satellite Soul lucked onto a tour featuring Big Tent Revival, Jennifer Knapp, and us. Fall tours were the best for some reason… better crowds and always interesting places. We got 30 minutes at the beginning of the show (28 minutes to be exact – which road manager Grant Garner would harp on [Read More...]

Blue Like Jazz & the Battle of the Christian (sort of) Filmmakers

I was forwarded a very interesting article by Steve Taylor today. Steve is the old CCM rocker turned filmmaker who directed the new Blue Like Jazz movie. Taylor chronicles the resistance of the Christian film industry to the film and its makers. It’s sad but predictable to hear that evangelicals have lined up to smear and defame [Read More...]


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