People Get Ready: St. Paul at the Grammys


Last night's Grammy Awards were quite a show. Some collaborations that could have gone really wrong instead proved kind of brilliant: Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Metallica and Lang Lang, Paul and Ringo, Lorde and a Weeping Angel. Pink's high-flying circus act nearly lived up to her performance of that same song at the AMAs in 2012. (Nearly -- go watch that AMA performance again. Wow.) And it was fun to see Kacey Musgraves emerge from the pyrotechnics and … [Read more...]

Are Indiana pastors routinely committing assault on Sundays?


I'm worried for my evangelical brothers and sisters in Indiana. It seems that the pastors there are in the habit of regularly assaulting members of their congregation, vandalizing property and making terroristic threats to the community.I haven't seen any such stories in the news, mind you, but the "pro-family" religious conservative group Advance America assures us that this is happening all over the Hoosier State. And if we can't trust the spokespeople of the religious right to tell us the … [Read more...]

Utah? Yes, Utah. Wow.


On Tuesday I posted that neat animated .gif showing the march of history toward marriage equality. And now, just six days later, that history is out of date. New Mexico I saw coming. But Utah -- Utah! -- was a surprise.The ruling shouldn't be a surprise. The constitutional question is not ambiguous or tricky in any way. The prohibition against marriage by same-sex couples is simply a violation of equal protection. Period. Opponents of marriage equality have tried for the past decade to come … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll cannot escape the shame of his willingness to associate with Janet Mefferd

Hates Muslims. Hates gays. Tells lies about them. None of that is good.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love." Here's the other piece of the Mark Driscoll plagiarism saga that's not getting nearly enough attention: This all blew up after he appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio show.He did that. He agreed to appear as a guest on Janet Mefferd's radio show. He did that voluntarily.There's only one reason an honest Christian leader should ever agree to appear on Janet Mefferd's radio show, and it's not to plug their book (whether or not that … [Read more...]

Loaves and cakes: Jesus tramples on the religious liberty of his disciples


On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here i … [Read more...]

Paprocki’s ‘exorcism’ failed. What does the outcome of this spiritual experiment tell us?

Archbishop Thomas Paprocki attempted an exorcism yesterday. It failed.

Tom Paprocki, Roman Catholic archbishop of Springfield, Ill., demonstrated his impotency yesterday by attempting an "exorcism" to rid Illinois of marriage equality.Paprocki summoned up all of his moral authority and all of the spiritual authority of his office and brought it to bear. And he failed. Completely. It didn't work.This is a measurable, demonstrable outcome. It's darn near scientific. Paprocki offered us an experiment that would provide clearly verifiable and falsifiable … [Read more...]

Marriage equality in Illinois, 15 … 16 … 17 …


Good news for the people of Illinois and the Constitution: "Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote." Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.... Gov. Pat Quinn said he intends to sign the bill, which would take effect June 1. After a long slog and several false starts in … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


"In a democracy there is no more inappropriate place to being a gun than a political rally.""I don't want to see this happen to somebody else.""The WSJ, like most other newspapers, has a paint-by-numbers article that they pull out every few years announcing the demise of Evangelical political influence and the rise of a kinder, gentler, and less-partisan religious political engagement.""He's not a general. He can't order a retreat.""You are engaged in some sort of false r … [Read more...]