Breaking Bad Recap: Stop Working Me

The Rolling Stones sang about sympathy for the devil. And in the manic teaser for next week’s episode of Breaking Bad - episode 12 - we hear the gravelly, strained, almost animal voice of Jesse saying, “Mr. White...he’s the devil.” For the last couple of weeks, I’ve primarily set my sights on the series’ protagonist (antagonist?), Walter White, and the question of his original sin. In what sense, really, did Walt break bad? Did he begin basically good and then simply stumble onto this sinister … [Read more...]


Oops, they did it again.The Gospel Coalition, that is. This time, it's a post from Thabiti Anyabwile going above and beyond in confirming my perspective on the politicization of the neo-reformed around gay marriage legislation, creating something of a new religious right. And doing that, really, in the most base, tactless, and harmful way possible. I was going to type "carless," which would also be true considering the potential negative impact this post could have on gay young people in … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: All in the Family

Sociopaths are born, not made.At least that’s the theory of most psychologists. And rightly so, it would seem; even a cursory investigation of sociopathic behavior suggests that there is something heritable at the root, something in there very deep that is only awakened or nurtured by various life experiences and choices. My conversation partner, Zac, rightly observed last week that these final episodes seem to be hastening toward an inevitable end: the demise of Walter White. But the question … [Read more...]

Hauerwas on American Civil Religion

"Americans don't know how to read their Bible well because they are Americans before they are Christians." … [Read more...]

I’m Probably Right About the New Religious Right

A few months ago, I left a comment on the well-read blog of a friend (and hero) - and got into a little bit of trouble.I suggested that the neo-reformed movement - the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" that emerged a decade or so ago and have consolidated most notably into The Gospel Coalition, segments of the PCA, Southern Seminary and segments of the SBC, and Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 network - is giving rise to a new religious right in the U.S.I was immediately, and gently, corrected by … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: The Past is the Past (& Other Lies)

Throughout the second half of Breaking Bad's final season, I will be contributing to a roundtable discussion at The Other Journal's Mediation blog. With permission, I'm mirroring my contributions here so that you can enjoy them in this space. But be sure to head over to Mediation and join the conversation there as well!--- Heisenberg is back. The midway return (not “premiere”) episode of Season 5 makes this abundantly clear from the opening sequence. Skateboarders session concrete, which be … [Read more...]

Jesus Will Rapture the Church Out of Absurdity

I was driving to work the other day listening to Christian radio when, as is usually the case during my drive, a John MacArthur sermon came on.And not just any John MacArthur sermon, but a John MacArthur sermon that is part of a John MacArthur sermon series about how John MacArthur knows every detail of the pre-tribulation premillennial rapture of the church in these perilous last days.It was absurd.And I'm not saying that to be mean to MacArthur and his ilk. In fact, just the … [Read more...]