(Credit: WildInWoods, Flickr Creative Commons) Well hello, Patheos. It’s nice to meet you. In the words of the great poet Jay-Z, allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Zack. I’m a Capricorn. I rant about Trump and rave about Jesus on the internet. I’m currently munching (is that the right word?) on a 3lb bag of gummy bears. And I wrote a book. Well, technically I’m writing a book. But it has a title! If you’ve been following me… Read more

Your 2018 American Jesus Madness champion is…. #ChurchToo And the outcome was never really in doubt. Well, that’s not exactly true. Personally, I never expected #ChurchToo to get anywhere close to the championship. The competition this year just seemed too tough. But once it got rolling, #ChurchToo steamrolled the competition blowing out opponents left and right before setting a record for the largest margin of victory in American Jesus Madness championship history. #ChurchToo didn’t just beat Donald Trump Mulligans. It… Read more

Welcome once again to the end of all things. And with Donald Trump as president it might really be the end of all things before voting ends. That’s because, well, obviously because he’s an unstable, impulsive crackpot but also because voting for the championship match will last through the weekend which gives him plenty of time to bomb North Korea or Australia or wherever Fox & Friends tells him to bomb. But for reals, make sure you don’t miss that… Read more

I know I said this the last round, but I continue to be surprised by the upsets this year. (Which I guess is what makes them upsets, but still) Both Thoughts & Prayers and Evangelical Lady Bloggers had been destroying the competition….and then the apocalypse arrived in more ways than one. Thoughts & Prayers finally revealed their empty promise and while Evangelical Lady Bloggers turned what started out as a blowout into a race to the finish, it was ultimately… Read more

Welcome once again to the Apocalypse. After 3 brutal rounds, 4 combatants have survived to compete for the chance to compete for the 2018 American Jesus Madness championship. That’s a lot of competing. And it doesn’t get any easier in the Apocalypse. But I don’t have to tell you that. You saw Nic Cage in Left Behind. You know exactly how serious this is gonna be. So, no more horsing around! Or maybe that’s exactly what we should be doing… Read more

I’ve gotta be honest. I never would have guessed this final four, er, I mean 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Especially not considering some of the blowouts some of the Exquisite 8 had before heading into this round. Some continued to hold serve, like Evangelical Lady Bloggers who look like they may be a favorite to win it all, but I thought Thoughts & Prayers had finally met their match in Jen Hatmaker. Boy, was I wrong. Same thing about… Read more

We stand on the brink of the apocalypse. Eight combatants remain, but only four will survive the day and become the 2018 American Jesus Madness 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse…which…you know…now that I say it out loud sounds really dark and ominous and I totally get why the NCAA went with something more family friendly like the Final Four. Oh well, it’s too late to change it now. The polls are open and it’s time to choose the horsemen…or horseladies…or… Read more

In the Salacious 16 round we saw the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders with all but a couple of matchups ending early in total blowouts. But now that the pretenders are gone, the matchups will get tougher. Much, much tougher until we crown a champion. But before we do that, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse have to arrive first and who that will be is, of course, up to you. So, check out the results and leaderboard below,… Read more

Welcome to the Salacious 16 round where the matchups get even more salacious-i-er. What does that mean? Doesn’t matter. This is American Christianity in 2018 we’re talking about. Nothing matters anymore. Except your vote! And the polls are now open, so cast your ballot as often as you like for whoever you like…and then cast it again and keep on casting till the polls close tonight at 10pm CDT. Then check back here tomorrow morning at 8AM CDT to find… Read more

American Jesus Madness came a little too close for comfort in the 1st round with Loving Children needing a last minute rally to beat Loving Guns. On the other hand, Thoughts & Prayers silenced Actually Doing Something by a 60% margin, so real life still held some sway in the 1st Round. And on the other other hand, Evangelical Lady Bloggers completely destroyed Evangelical Authorities, both in that matchup and with Jen Hatmaker’s demolishing (pun very much intended) of Lifeway… Read more

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