The Luv Guv and the Broken System.

Robert Bentley’s case reminds us anew that once someone in a broken system gets a little taste of power, all the rules stop mattering. [Read more…]


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What The 4-14 Window Tells Us About Christianity’s Future.

Even the most optimistic, chirpy Christians have started noticing that something is definitely wrong. [Read more…]


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The Broken System: Asking the Right Questions.

I heard about this story a while ago, but I wanted to hold off on writing about it till now because it fit in so well with what we’ve been talking about lately regarding failed behavioral models and cultural expectations. A Baptist minister might well be discovering that the beginning of wisdom is not “fear of the Lord,” but rather asking the right questions. And because he’s begun asking the right questions, I thought I’d take a stab at answering him because I’m helpful that way. Maybe someone else is wondering the same thing he is. Today I’ll outline why his question needs to be asked, and next time we’ll talk about the actual answer to that question. [Read more…]


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Al Mohler Has Crept One Inch Forward, And It’s Nowhere Near Enough.

A few days ago, Al Mohler said something very important regarding the SBC’s stance on gay people. The news came and went fairly quietly, so much so that I barely even noticed it until today. But it’s still important. [Read more…]


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5 Reasons Why Christian Apology Campaigns Fail.

We’ve talked off and on in the past about various Christian “apology” movements, wherein earnest Christians apologize for some particular mistreatment or offense Christians as a whole may have given others. Today I want to talk a little about why these campaigns are so beloved by Christians, but so absolutely ineffectual in impact. [Read more…]


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Left Behind: Where Dreams Finally Come True.

It’s a very ugly fantasy–the demonstration of a very broken psyche on display in the lewdest possible manner–and though the movie itself isn’t a critical masterpiece, seeing that fantasy marched across a screen for that runtime made me feel like I was reading some Nice Guy’s short story about his revenge on all those high school girls who rejected him long ago. It was that obvious and that disquieting to see this movie and think, “This is what they really think of us.” [Read more…]


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The SBC Still Doesn’t Get Why Nobody Likes Them Anymore.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a culture can be this blind to its own faults and problems, and yet here we are at another installment of “Heads in the Sand: Southern Baptist Edition.” [Read more…]


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When It’s Not Funny.

Last time we talked, we covered a straw man essay written by a Baptist pastor, Bo Wagner, that he called satirical. A pity he doesn’t actually know what satire is, any more than he knows what atheism is. Last time we talked about what he doesn’t understand about atheists. Today we’re going to talk more [Read More…]


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What We Can Learn About Atheists from Atheist-Whisperer Bo Wagner.

Last time we talked, we covered a “satirical” straw man essay written by a Baptist pastor, Bo Wagner, about a fictional atheist. A pity he doesn’t actually know what satire is, any more than he knows what atheism is. Today we’re going to talk more about what he–and by extension a lot of his peers–think [Read More…]


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The Handbook: Understanding the Straw Man.

Christians are very, very fond of telling everybody who’ll listen that they just love non-believers. Oh my, they just love us to death. But if they keep talking, a curious thing happens: they show us exactly what they’re really thinking. [Read more…]


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