The Strangest Fire

I grew up charismatic, in the 80's and 90's.I grew up in a family that joined a pioneering kind of Pentecostal stream flowing out of the Jesus Movement of the 70's, a stream that had strong pastoral personalities founding brand new churches, some of them mega, and even denominations, schools, TV stations, and seminaries. Part and parcel of this pioneering experience was an atmosphere of resistance from the non-charismatic church. There was a kind of scorn that developed among the Billy … [Read more...]

Stop Calling Your Critics “Haters”

It's a Christian culture internet phenomenon that has reached viral status many times over, especially among well-known Christian leaders.Calling your critics "haters."It's the perfect deflection for any and all critique, really. If you are a famous Christian leader, what better way to demonize your detractors than to accuse them of hate - especially in the popular sense of hating on your success because, you know, they're just JEALOUS. Steven Furtick famously minted this phenomenon in the … [Read more...]

#GagReflex

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...]

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...]

Calling Out Celebrity Christianity [& Counterfeit Justice]

image: instagram A major reality TV producer and a record-breaking Bible miniseries involving famous evangelical leaders.A live televised highwire stunt starring an evangelical daredevil with a famous pastor cameo.A charismatic Seattle pastor posting random hangz with Bieber.And (brace yourself) THIS:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml8bQDnnkKkUgh.These are just a few recent blips on the Celebrity Christianity radar. But the love affair between American Christianity and ce … [Read more...]

One Hell of a Motivator

graphic: sebastien cuypersLet's be honest: blogging about hell just isn't that hot anymore.Love Wins is now well over two years old. The battle lines over North American (mainly, neo-reformed) evangelical orthodoxy have been drawn in bold print and ALL CAPS. Universalism, however "hopeful" it may be, has been roundly condemned, if not dismissed, as a heterodox innovation for wussy coward Christians who just don't have the spine for preaching a Jesus who doubles as a concentration camp … [Read more...]

Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]

Boz Tchividjian on SGM

Boz Tchividjian is a law professor and founder of GRACE, an initiative that responds to abuse in the Christian environment.Last night, Together for the Gospel broke their long silence with this statement about the SGM lawsuit. They initially posted it on their Facebook Page as well, but critical comments abounded (including my own) and the post was soon removed. However, my friend Bill Kinnon saved the thread, so all the original comments will remain viewable. (TGC added their own statement … [Read more...]

A False Gospel of Reconciliation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled t … [Read more...]

Three Complementarians & a Mutualist

[Warning: longish post. Also, Tom Selleck.]So now that Smokin' Hot Fest 2013 has died down somewhat, I figured I'd deliver on my promise to talk a little bit more about the theological root of the demeaning, misogynistic evangelical fruit that I surveyed in the first post on the topic.It's time, you guys. Time to talk about...complementarianism.Now, I know that the uninitiated will find that word cumbersome and confusing. Does this have something to do with complimenting people? … [Read more...]


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