Bernie Sanders: At Liberty, With Justice, For All

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By now you're aware that Bernie Sanders, Senator from my home state of Vermont and Democratic frontrunner in the early presidential bid, visited Liberty University on Monday and gave a speech at the school's convocation. You can watch that speech here:But what you might not realize is that the significance of this event was not merely that a liberal politician spoke at a conservative Christian college. The significance was that a message of justice was spoken in a context that has … [Read more...]

Tonight’s the Night – Writing About Binge-Watching the Gospel at Seedbed!

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Today I'm over at Seedbed writing about binge-watching the gospel story in our cultural stories - and my journey from Dexter to now: “Tonight’s the night. And it’s going to happen again, and again. Has to happen.” With this ominous voiceover, we are introduced to a TV character named Dexter. And the thing that is going to happen tonight – that will happen again and again – is killing. When I began writing my first book in 2012, I had an interesting task ahead of me: to connect the story of a T … [Read more...]

Top Ten Reasons Donald Trump is the Perfect American Evangelical

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David Letterman retired this past spring, and one hopes the nightly Top Ten List has been retired along with him like a well-worn NBA jersey. However, that won't stop me, a lifelong Letterman fan, from doing my own weekly Top Ten List - with a faith and culture twist. Paul, drumroll please... Top Ten Reasons Donald Trump is the Perfect American Evangelical Number 10... Strongly believes a woman (Megyn Kelly) should not be permitted to teach a man (Trump) and must be quiet (shut up)Number 9 … [Read more...]

For Christianity in the U.S., the Apocalypse is NOW

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Does the decline of Christian faith in America signal the end of the church as we know it?Are these the "last days" for Christianity in the U.S.?Is the culture moving on, leaving us behind?As Christian institutions of all categories and denominations face drastic decline, and the non-religious share of the population continues to expand, it might appear that Christian faith in America is experiencing its very own apocalypse.And that's true.The apocalypse is now.But it's n … [Read more...]

Evangelicalism TRUMPS the Shark: What’s a Messy Middle Christian To Do?

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Do conservative evangelical Republicans really like Donald Trump?It certainly seems that some of the more intellectual evangelical leaders are not big fans, but it also seems that much of the evangelical populous, at least those that clearly identify as Republican, are.This is the only way that Trump could be leading in the polls, even among evangelicals. It also explains his upcoming meeting with evangelical heavies (at least in the celebrity/prosperity gospel world). Finally, it would … [Read more...]

Beyond Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: Building a Post-Complementarian Church on the Word of God

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The following is a guest post from Jory Micah. See her bio and links below!Well known complementarian John Piper has both egalitarians and complementarians scratching their heads in confusion. Piper is undoubtedly one of the most prominent theologians of our time, a "Goliath" if you will. I feel a bit like young David in the Old Testament taking him on, but surely if God can use David, He can use me. There is no doubt that most of us have been touched by Piper's theological contributions whe … [Read more...]

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

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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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