Marilyn Monroe was a Book Lover?

There was a pretty interesting article at yesterday about Marilyn Monroe. Simon Doonan has written a book called Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, and this excerpt is published at Slate. In it Simon tells about being the designer hired to put Marilyn’s personal estate on display for Christie’s auction house. Doonan is a pretty [Read More…]

Pat Robertson’s 2012 Prediction: “This country will begin disintegrating”

Pat Robertson told viewers of his program (how does he still have them?), that God told him who the next president is going to be… but he is not supposed to tell us. This, as we all know, is the tele-evangelical equivalent of that thing where you show a little kid how you can remove [Read More…]

Messing with Dispensationalists

Thanks everyone for the great conversation yesterday on “Why are young adults leaving the church?” It’s a question which deserves a lot of thought and discourse – I’m glad it could happen on Paperback Theology. On a lighter note… I ran across this video yesterday from the Lutheran Satire folks. You’ve heard of messing with [Read More…]

Why are Young Adults Leaving the Church?

Kara Powell wrote an interesting article in Relevant Magazine called, “Why Young Adults are Leaving the Church.” Powell riffs on a Tim Clydesdale saying that young adults put religion/faith in “the identity lock box,” Both argue that when students leave high school they put everything really important to them in a lock box while they [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional (on Tuesday)

I made my confession… you make yours! I confess that I used to take Francis Schaeffer seriously, until I started reading his son Frank Shaeffer’s book “Crazy for God.” I confess that although I’m only halfway through the book, I no longer take Francis Schaeffer seriously. I confess that I hope my sons never write [Read More…]

Kindle Edition at $10.00

An Evangelical Social Gospel?: Finding God’s Story in the Midst of ExtremesKindle edition on sale now for $10.00 [Read more…]

Take a Quiz on Global Christianty!!

The pew research forum does a ton of research on Christian demographics. One of their recent studies was a worldwide census of Christians; where do they live, how is the population distributed, things like that. I was reading the numbers and thinking that some of this information really surprised me. Americans know so little about [Read More…]

Westport Church Fire

I’m praying for my brothers and sisters at Westport Presbyterian Church today. They lost their building in a fire last night. The building was over 107 years old. I can’t imagine what they are dealing with this morning. Think about pastor Scott Myers and his congregation today. [Read more…]

NY Times Book Review: What Literature Owes the Bible

Just before Christmas the NY Times book review was on a book we’re all familiar with: The Bible. Marilynne Robinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gilead penned the interesting article which was subtitled “What Literature Owes the Bible.” Here basic thesis was that the bible has made an unparalleled contribution to the wide [Read More…]

From Farewell Rob Bell to Rob Bell’s Farewell

This was one of the biggest stories of the Christian world in 2011. Rob Bell wrote a book called Love Wins, for which he took an unending amount of crap from far too many smug, self-assured, self-proclaimed biblical scholars who – although far too many still haven’t even read the book – tried their best [Read More…]