‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ and the Magic Jesus Dream Boy


Romantic comedies are supposed to be about two people coming together — they both have to move toward each other. The set-up for “Christian Mingle: The Movie” suggests that one side of this couple doesn’t move — that he cannot and should not change because he’s already got all the answers. She pursues him because she’s lonely (and because, the trailer seems to suggest, no woman is complete without getting married). Why does he pursue her? [Read more...]

Who you gonna believe? Your facts? Or my ‘worldview’?


More than a century before Nyhan and Kahan began studying this phenomena, Frederick Douglass had already reached the same conclusion they arrived at. “On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light?” he asked — meaning, in other words, that the problem isn’t a lack of information. Therefore, Douglass concluded, “it is not light that is needed, but fire.” [Read more...]

Is the National Religious Broadcasters actively racist or merely passively racist?

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Todd Starnes affirms racism and he unambiguously wants us to know and to acknowledge as much. He can write. We can read. The folks at the National Religious Broadcasters can read too. The question then becomes what role Starnes’ racism played in the NRB’s decision to honor him with their “prestigious” award. [Read more...]

An Internet Monk’s prediction and the ‘rise of the nones’

The coming evangelical collapse?

Five years ago, Michael Spencer of Internet Monk predicted “The Coming Evangelical Collapse” — something he said would begin with 10 years and occur “with astonishing statistical speed.” At least part of what he described seems to have begun. [Read more...]

A bit more on forgiveness, apologies and working the system


Zacchaeus was a wealthy, powerful man. “Salvation” didn’t give him the option of remaining that way. He couldn’t simply apologize, promise to stop defrauding people in the future, and then sanctimoniously remind everyone that they were obliged to forgive him for having defrauded and oppressed them because that, after all, is Jesus’ message. [Read more...]

‘Persecution’: Waiting for war or the end of the world


Alan Noble: “The problem is that for most of U.S. history, Christians haven’t been persecuted — at least not in comparison to early believers or even what Christians in places like Iraq face today. So, the question for American Christians is what to make of the Bible’s warning that we will be persecuted. For many evangelicals, the lack of very public and dramatic persecution could be interpreted as a sign that they just aren’t faithful enough: If they were persecuted, they could be confident they are saved.” [Read more...]

Dives has apologized, Lazarus needs to learn how to forgive


The Parable of the Penitent Public Figure and the Unforgiving Patriarch Who Refused to Accept His Apology Like Jesus Commanded describes some very un-Christlike behavior on the part of Abraham and Lazarus. They don’t seem to understand that they have a duty to accept Dives’ apology and forgive him unconditionally. [Read more...]

Of bystanders and piety: How Billy Graham is like Henry Miller


It may seem odd to compare the famous evangelist Billy Graham with the infamous novelist Henry Miller. Topic of Cancer is probably not one of the books on the shelf in the Rev. Graham’s study. But a recent interview with Graham’s grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, reminded me of a story about Miller and George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War. [Read more...]