Martin Luther King Jr.’s Challenge to the Church

Birmingham Revolution

“Race, as both a social construct and a visible reality, is the gigantic elephant in the American living room that some insist will disappear if only we would just ignore it.” So says Edward Gilbreath in the opening pages of his book “Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church” (InterVarsity Press). [Read More...]

Did the Ham/Nye debate really happen?


While there’s plenty to discuss about what was (or wasn’t) said during the Ham/Nye debate, I think the crux of the whole affair comes down to how one understands science. The foundation of Mr. Ham’s argument is his distinction between what he calls historical and observational science: There’s experimental or observational science as we call [Read More...]

The Ham/Nye debate in 40 seconds


Didn’t get to watch last night’s two-and-half-hour debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye? Don’t worry. Watch this and you’ve pretty much seen it all: [Read more...]

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Pants


Taking out the old and bringing in the new. [Read more...]

Something needs to change here


Over on the Unfundamentalist Christians Facebook page, a student at Wheaton College shared with us the above photo of a sheet of paper he found stapled to a campus bulletin board. What’s typed on the paper is below. [Read more...]

If you take Paul “literally” on homosexuality take Jesus literally on money


The reason anti-gay Christians invariably give for their conviction that homosexuality is an egregious sin against God is, “That’s what the Bible says.”* [Read more...]

Burned out (by God?)


While walking with my wife Wendy the other night, our conversation took an interesting turn. She has been reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, and told me about how, in the early 70s, Smith and artist Robert Mapplethorpe would spend long evenings at Max’s Kansas City hoping to connect with Andy Warhol. For some reason, [Read More...]

You know how sometimes


You know how sometimes people in our lives with whom we’re not terribly close, (which includes nearly everyone) like work colleagues for instance, will, quite inadvertently, say or do something that must obviously be a personal trigger instantly teleporting you back across time and space into that room you’ve been running from and trapped in [Read More...]