The Right Lesson to Learn from the World Vision Kerfuffle

It’s been months since I’ve written a proper blog post, but the kerfuffle around World Vision draws me out of my cave. I have a lot of sympathy for the leadership of World Vision. They are doing extraordinary, life-saving work. They are captaining a billion-dollar organization that’s global and complex and fraught with dangers on [Read More…]

What to Expect When You’re Telling the Truth: A Guide for Whistle-Blowers

A great post by my friend Jenell Paris, who is Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College. * By Jenell Paris I grew up fundamentalist; conservative in things political, religious, and sexual. The sexual scandals of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart came as a rude awakening in my formative years. Ruder still, when my pastor was [Read More…]

Westboro Baptist’s Timothy Phelps: Megan and Grace Left the Church “For Sex”

Demonstrating the kind of lovingkindness that has made Westboro Baptist Church so famous around the country and indeed around the world, Timothy Phelps (the fifth son of the ‘Reverend’ Fred Phelps) jumped into a recent conversation here at Patheos to assert that his nieces Megan and Grace, who famously left Westboro Baptist “Church” recently, did [Read More…]

The Callous Theology of James Dobson

When I received this piece from Peter Wehner, I wanted to publish it right away — and the fastest way to do so is as a guest post.  For those who don’t know, Pete has been one of the leading evangelicals in Washington for a long time now.  He served in the Reagan and George [Read More…]

The Shady Ethics of ‘The Obama Phone’

UPDATE: The story gets even weirder.  See the update below. By now, most of my readers will have seen the infamous YouTube video of an Obama supporter explaining that all minorities should vote for President Obama because he gives out free phones: The story has taken several turns. Surely this woman is deceived, right?  Surely [Read More…]