Why Orange is the New Black is TV’s most beautiful show (at Think Christian)


Last week, I was over at Think Christian writing about one of my favorite TV shows: At first Orange is the New Black seems fixated on capturing the ugly in this low-security women’s prison. We are Shocked and Appalled by the cruelty, incivility and lasciviousness of the inmates. If we take any comfort in the high-schoolishness of the early cafeteria scenes, we are immediately jarred back to full alert by a single breakfast sandwich at the end of the first episode. This is danger. This is ins … [Read more...]

Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord (Writing at A Deeper Story)


I'm at A Deeper Story today with "Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord":I’m not a super disciplined person.But recently I’ve taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I’m quite excited about it. At night, when the rest of the family is in bed, I have been regularly and routinely seeking time alone to contemplate and commune with the Divine. You know, like one of the Desert Fathers or a medieval monk cloistered in the prayer closet.Except my prayer closet is that weird Ikea reclinin … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] The (Terribly Overwrought) Left Behind Move Trailer is Out!


The trailer for the upcoming Left Behind movie is out. And boy, is it ever earnest and fake-intense and terribly overwrought and just aching for blockbuster status. But alas, it will not achieve any such status because it is a "Christian" movie pushing an absurd cultural theology with absurd looking characters and absurd sounding dialogue. But hey, all for the glory, right?!Enjoy: … [Read more...]

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard on Empire


Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was interviewed by Mountain Magazine and had some great quotes:Like this one about simplicity: Simple Fly Fishing is a metaphor for society. I want to show that a simple life is not an impoverished life. But especially this one about empire: I’m a total pessimist.I’m a doombat.Every single empire in history has collapsed. Empire building is against the laws of nature. Nature loves to spread things out. It loves diversity. It’s always trying to make new spec … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Abby Norman

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I don’t want to be your white savior.When I tell you about the schools I used to teach at, the ones that burn in my heart, the ones I cannot stop thinking about on my slow drive up to my current suburban classroom, it is not so you can be impressed with me and what I used to do. It is not so you can say how hip and with it I am. I am not some sainted super-hero. I am just a girl with a teaching degree trying to pay off her student loans.I don’t want to be your white savior.I don’t wan … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber & the Superficial American Religion

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Justin Bieber appears at the end of this Christian rap video and talks about God and "grace." What he says is not terrible in itself - nor is it surprising. But, combined with the content of the song, it's indicative of the superficial American religion, entangled in celebrity values and perpetuating theocratic nationalist myths:Assumed in a project like this is a superficial solution of "good life" Christianity - that if one simply "pledges allegiance to God", then America will stop b … [Read more...]

Comment Policy

Some folks have asked about a comment policy. Let's keep it simple:1. Don't be a jerk. This ought to be self-explanatory, but there is a point at which conversation, even energetic conversation or expressing strong disagreements, crosses into just plain being a jerk. Don't go there, k? Be respectful, even if you disagree with me or another commenter. And if you are a jerk, you'll get a warning and/or a block.2. Don't have an agenda. Internet comments suffer from a terrible malady of … [Read more...]

PROOF That Al Mohler is Right About Yoga (and It Doesn’t Matter)

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On a recent podcast, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler enlisted the research and expertise of Candy Gunther Brown to prove that he is, in fact, right about yoga.And guess what?He is.If you're shocked that I would say such a thing, on the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel no less, let me make something clear. I have not had a recent conversion experience. I am not switching teams, joining an Acts 29 church, subscribing to The Blaze, and making donations to … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot…Moms?


Today I'm writing over at my church's #BelieveInPlace blog: My friend Stephanie Drury searches Twitter every Friday night for Christian men talking about going on “date night” with their “smokin’ hot wives.” There is literally an endless number of tweets that emerge from the search, using those exact words. Misogyny and objectification are cultural realities – we know this – but they are also Christian Cultural realities.So what does that mean for moms?To say nothing of the harmfulness o … [Read more...]

The Best Christian Dating Site EVER: ChristianTingle.com

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Is this a parody? BECAUSE IT ALMOST ISN'T! Here are parts 1 and 2 of the hilarious ChristianTingle.com spoof by Tripp & Tyler:Part 1:Part 2: What do you think? Is this a startlingly accurate take on dating in Christian Culture? … [Read more...]