American Fundamentalism Goes Meta: a Week of Duck Dynasty Commentary (With a Splash of Osteen)

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You're probably aware of a few videos that have been rolling around the interwebz this week, two of which feature Duck Dynasty cast members talking about different, but strangely connected, topics. In fact, I think American fundamentalism goes a bit meta in these two videos, giving us the ultimate in self-referential Christian culture moments.First, Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander patriarch talking to Sean Hannity on Fox about what he would do with ISIS (because obvious foreign policy … [Read more...]

Veronica Noriega’s Hunger Strike in Seattle: What it Means For Immigrants and All of Us [Cote Soerens]

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This is a guest post by Coté Soerens for the Antioch Session. Her bio is at the bottom. Veronica Noriega is putting herself on the line for thousands of families, and this is why you should care. Veronica Noriega is the wife of Ramon Mendoza, one of the leaders of the hunger strike that broke out last March at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. This week Veronica is fasting, camping outside the NWDC in preparation for her husband’s hearing this coming Tuesday, September 9th. W … [Read more...]

How Does Christianity Deal with Death? [Jonathan Murden]

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This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Jonathan Murden. His bio is at the bottom.One day, we're all going to die. That got your attention, didn't it?One day, our warm bodies, these organisms throbbing with life, all flesh and bone and beating blood, will be cold and still. One day, we will lie as if sleeping as they shovel the dirt on top of us. We will rot and decay and the worms will eat what remains. All of life leads up to that moment when what we once were is no more.As … [Read more...]

#Ferguson: Finding Room in the Grieving [Levi Holland]

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As I sat with a colleague, his question was, “With everything going on in Ferguson, what is the church’s response? We should be doing something!” It's a question I’m sure many people who care about humanity have asked. Should we join the protests? Should we advocate for equality by exposing the evil in this racial injustice? How do we do it in a way that is respectful to the victims of this tragedy? How do we do it in an integral way, not barging in as if we have all of the right answers, much li … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Announces He is Stepping Down From Mars Hill Pastorate, Plans to Move to L.A.

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Embattled Pastor Mark Driscoll has announced this morning that he is, in fact, stepping down from the pastorate of the church he founded, Mars Hill Church in Seattle, in light of formal charges of abusive leadership brought by former Mars Hill elders and other former colleagues.Returning from vacation noticeably more tan than usual, Mark began his video announcement to the church with these words: "Howdy, Mars Hill. So yeah, this month has been totally ridic. I'm out, bro. DONE. Forget angry … [Read more...]

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

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I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife's aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago.Teri was no ordinary soul...she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In class, she was a bright spot to her classmates and professors, … [Read more...]

The Restlessness of Ordinary Time [Anderson Campbell]

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As August marches quickly toward September, we find ourselves past the apex of daylight in the northern hemisphere, each day becoming slightly shorter than the last. We also find ourselves in the midst of that time in the church year called simply, “Ordinary Time.” Even if you are not part of a particularly liturgical church, you likely are aware of some of her seasons. Advent is the period of time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and during which we anticipate the coming incarnation of … [Read more...]

Nate Morales, Who Molested Children Within Sovereign Grace Ministries, Sentenced to 40 Years (Video)

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The Associated Baptist Press is reporting that Nate Morales, the man convicted of sexually molesting children within Covenant Life Church, the flagship church of Sovereign Grace Ministries, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.This is good and good reason to share in the relief of survivors who have gotten their first legal share of justice and closure in decades.But it is also a reminder of a much bigger issue at work here, one that has yet to be sufficiently solved. Namely, the i … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Cancels Its Huge Annual Conference: Mark Driscoll’s Trouble and the Dying Resurgence

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Yesterday Mars Hill Church announced that it is canceling its huge annual conference, Resurgence 2014. The conference website has this announcement: The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of … [Read more...]


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