Christian Nightmares’ 15 Worst Videos of 2011

I visit Christian Nightmares a lot. It’s like picking a scab. It hurts, but I can’t stop.

Christian Nightmares’ 15 favorite/worst video posts of 2011 (in no particular order; for last year’s list, click here)

1) Satanic, psychedelic remix of Christian public access evangelist Reverend Dolly Harrell

2) Evangelist and failed comedian Dawson McAllister preaches against ‘worldliness’

3) An incredibly infectious and upbeat Christian kids’ song about the Bible

4) Evangelist Patricia King marvels over her pal Joshua Mills as God covers him with blue sparkle dust and oil miraculously pours from his palms

5) ‘How dare you!’: An amazing remix of arrogant, condescending Pastor Mark Driscoll

SEE THE REST OF THE LIST Christian Nightmares, Christian Nightmares’ 15 favorite/worst video….

Steve Knight Lauds the Language of Participatory Church

When it comes to publishing, social media, and the church, Steve Knight knows what he’s talking about:

I’ve been working full-time on the Web (in one shape or form) for over a decade now, and it’s been fun to watch the language of it evolve from “interactive” to “multimedia” to “Web 2.0″ to “social media.” The radical shifts in culture that have taken place because of the Internet have been astounding.

At the same time, there’s been a similar shaking going on in Christianity, and I’ve noticed a similar evolution of language for what to call this too — from “alternative church” to “alternative worship” to “ancient-future worship” to “emerging church” to “missional church” and now “missional community formation.”

I predict the conversation about tech lingo will continue to parallel — and deeply inform — the conversation about Christianity and church (how we organize ourselves into religious/faith communities), just as the revolution sparked by the evolution of the Internet is re-making other sectors of society, such as education, journalism, and publishing.

READ THE REST Recap: The Language of Participatory Church | | the online home of Steve Knight.

God in Creation – A Defense of Panentheism

I’m currently re-reading God in Creation, Jürgen Moltmann’s ecological doctrine of creation.  It’s my third time through the book — maybe fourth. It’s a beautifully written systematic theology text.  In the preface, Moltmann admits that he didn’t mean to write a thorough monograph on the doctrine of creation, but the more he got into the subject, the more topics he felt he had to cover.

He addresses some pretty cool topics, which will be out-there for some readers. For instance, the Kabbalistic idea of God’s tzimtzum is central to Moltmann’s understanding of how an all-consuming God made room for a creation that is other-than-god. Moltmann also turns to Jewish theology for the understanding of God’s Spirit as Shekhinah — that is, presence.

I’ll be exploring these ideas in posts as I read through the book, especially in light of the interest in Process Theology that’s being generated here and elsewhere.

But what’s likely to generate the most interest here is Moltmann’s wholehearted defense of panentheism. How Moltmann’s panentheism intersects with and differs from Process Theology is something that I definitely want to explore.

If anyone wants to read along with me, jump in!

Tattoos Are “Morally Neutral” Says Pastor

An evangelical church in a shopping mall has opened a tattoo parlor, and the presiding pastor says its about being “relevant”:


A Michigan pastor who says he’s doing everything he can to reach out to people who don’t feel comfortable at a traditional house of worship has opened a tattoo parlor inside his church.

Rev. Steve Bentley of The Bridge, a church located inside a Flint Township shopping center, said his ministry is built on the belief that mainstream religion has become ineffective and irrelevant to most people. To that end, he opened Serenity Tattoo.

Tattoo artists Ryan Brown and Drew Blaisdell work by appointment or from noon until 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday, at the county-licensed tattoo shop that sits not far from Bentley’s office as well as the watering trough that he uses for baptisms.

Bentley, who has two tattoos, said he understands some don’t like the idea of Serenity Tattoo inside the church, but the pastor considers tattooing a “morally neutral” practice that he likens to getting one’s ears pierced.

via Pastor opens tattoo parlor inside Michigan church.