Harvey Haddix’s religion must be inferior

earth day snl

Here’s a pic of the great Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live (pinched from Crooks & Liars). If you understand why that’s funny, then you’ll also understand why this is also (unintentionally) funny, from Christianity Today’s liveblog — “Humber Games: Christian Pitcher Is Perfect.” The subhead asks, “Is White Sox’s Phil Humber the new Jeremy [Read More...]

Science and the evangelical tribe


RJS at Jesus Creed reports on the recent Theology of Celebration Workshop hosted by the Biologos Foundation, reported on by Christianity Today as a gathering of “evangelical evolutionists.” As RJS notes, that’s an unsatisfying label, but I suppose it works as a reminder that there are, in fact, evangelical theologians who do not deny evolution. [Read More...]

What I mean by evangelical ‘tribalism’

In a recent guest-post at Jon Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like blog, Paul Angone wrote about the evangelical subculture’s enthusiasm for “Claiming Musicians as One of Us.” If you’ve ever been a part of this subculture, then you know exactly what Angone is talking about. If not, just think of the fervent evangelical fandom that’s sprung [Read More...]

The immaculate connections

It's Lourdes' mom. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

I am deeply impressed by Stacey Dames latest blog entry at the Christian Post. It’s titled: “Madonna’s New Age End Time Satanism…it is reappearing in these end days. IT DID NOT BEGIN WITH THE SUPERBOWL.” I can’t begin to know how to describe such things, but this is one of the best examples of whatever-it-is [Read More...]

Creationism chases people out of church

“Ken Ham is slowly killing the American church,” writes Joel Watch at Unsettled Christianity. Kurt Willems agrees, posting a video at his Pangea blog in which he says “Preaching Against Evolution in Evangelical Churches Creates Atheists.” I’d qualify Willems’ statement a bit. Preaching against evolution in evangelical churches doesn’t create atheists — it creates not-evangelicals. [Read More...]

‘Harmful, domineering and controlling’

David Moore at the Burner blog really, really, really does not like Mark Driscoll’s new book about marriage. Moore is not a feminist, or even an “egalitarian,” but he still finds: “This book is an astoundingly unbelievable work of disrespect for women.” It’s good to see that assessment coming from that corner of the evangelical [Read More...]

‘And our new religion is All-American!’

Josh Langhoff of Burnside Writers Collective picks the CCM Album of the Year for 2011: The Book of Mormon: I don’t want to oversell the spiritual import of a show that’s essentially one hilarious provocation after another. On the other hand, maybe that’s a clue to where more [contemporary Christian music] should aim. Little of [Read More...]

Millennials will change the future of the church

First let me tell you a story from almost 20 years ago. My buddy Dwight and I were arguing over what I was going to wear to a meeting. “I’m not a catcher,” I told him. Catchers have to wear their baseball caps backwards because of the mask. But if you’re not a catcher and [Read More...]