Divorcing Josh Duggar’s Monster God

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In the recent Ashley Madison hack, Josh Duggar was outed as having a paid account for seeking adulterous affairs.After the leak, he admitted to cheating on his wife, and to porn addiction.This, of course, came on the heels of the recent horrific revelations that he molested his sisters as a teen.And, perhaps not surprisingly, reports are now surfacing that Anna Duggar, Josh's wife, will not consider divorcing him as an option. In fact, she may even be accepting some of the blame for h … [Read more...]

HBO’s John Oliver takes televangelists and prosperity preachers to task – and it is PERFECT


On Sunday night, John Stewart's true heir apparent set his sights on the still-booming televangelist/prosperity gospel industry, digging up current footage of the uber-slimy Robert Tilton, and treating us to more mainstream hucksters like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Mike Murdoch - the latter of which may, by my reckoning, actually be the slimiest con-man of them all.In his characteristic style (with plenty of English fooking's), Oliver blows the lid off the IRS exemptions … [Read more...]

The Dones, Rob Bell, and the Future of Progressive (and Evangelical) Christianity

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A few days ago I wrote a piece on my personal blog about "Graduating." It was partly a reflection on the story of Rob Bell and how it resonates with my own. It was also about the "Dones" and "post-church" category and how I identify not with the category itself, but with certain elements of the category even as I carve out my own path ahead.I am "done" - with evangelical church as usual. I'm done with any ministry obligation to that category and identity. I can't do it anymore, and neither c … [Read more...]

Guns Don’t Kill People…


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Planned Parenthood Is Not the Problem (At Least, Not Exactly)


Planned Parenthood is not the problem.At least, not exactly. The problem is the cultural ideology that we've accepted as irrefutable gospel truth. The ideology that makes itself the arbiter of personhood, categorically dismissing the possibilities of pre-birth dignity. The ideology that celebrates (not just regrettably makes safe) the on-demand choice to end life. The ideology that these bodies, not yet born but obviously and truly human, have no inherent value.No value, that is, unless … [Read more...]

I Won’t Be Getting Patriotic This Weekend, But I Will Be Doing This

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If I could point to one moment, one watershed experience in my youth that single-handedly shaped my understanding of life, of politics, and most importantly, of rock and roll, it was when Neil Young and Pearl Jam performed "Keep On Rocking in the Free World" at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPIb2uL_wDIFirst off, can you believe that actually happened at the MTV Video Music Awards? Something that authentic? Something that pure? I mean, MTV is now a … [Read more...]

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Same-Sex Marriage and Blinding Evangelical Fear


One thing we've all learned in the wake of the #SCOTUSmarriage decision last week is that many prominent evangelical voices trade in the currency of fear.Of course, that's not what these voices would call it. They call it lamenting the "redefinition of marriage" and grieving over "institutionalizing suicidal commitments" (what).But regardless, the method is fear-mongering: leaping from the reality (that same-sex couples can now legally marry in every state) to an apocalyptic fantasy. T … [Read more...]

A STARTLING Realization in the Wake of the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision


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N.T. Wright Speaking at Google? N.T. Wright Speaking at Google!!

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And it's all kinds of awesome. See what happens when the good bishop bring some Simply Good News (not good advice) to those at the mecca of technology:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEIjaHOcGFcWhat are your thoughts? … [Read more...]

But For the Grace of God: Tullian Tchividjian and a Better Gospel Through Guilt


Image from video screenshot.On Sunday night, Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian (mega-)Church, resigned because of a recent affair. In fact, he explained that his affair was a response of sorts to his wife's previous affair, though I'm sure there's a lot more to it than that. In any case, Tullian is a famous pastor, author, and speaker who has devoted his public work to a single topic: Grace.After his resignation Sunday, he tweeted … [Read more...]