Telling My Story & Naming the Master

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On Friday I told a little bit more of my story over at A Deeper Story. Here's an excerpt: Coming to terms with emotional abuse often requires a catalytic experience of some kind – a hardship, a betrayal, a tragedy, a death. It’s the cold water awakening you from the slumber. It’s the shift that triggers a sudden, inescapable eruption of the Real. It’s the heat that brings the truth to a boil. Pretty early on I knew that what I was experiencing was not right. But I suppressed that knowledge in t … [Read more...]

Love & Leadership in a House of Cards

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I write this having completed all the chapters but one in House of Cards Season Two.The finale is going down tonight, and I cannot WAIT.While much digital ink could be spilled about this season, and the series as a whole, I thought I 'd offer a couple thoughts about the strange exploration of love and leadership that dominates the S.02 storyline. With Frank and Claire officially "in" the White House, the strategizing, manipulating, dealing, and backchanneling is at an all-time high. And … [Read more...]

Like Sheep Amidst the Wolves (of Wall Street)

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Okay, so if you need some kind of disclaimer about the sex, swearing, and drug use that pervades the DiCaprio/Scorsese masterpiece The Wolf of Wall Street, please consult Focus on the Family's Plugged In Movie Review (if you dare).Suffice it to say, there are not graphic or profane scenes in this film - the film itself is a graphic and profane scene. It is, in this sense, an experience of the excessive, a revelation of the gratuitous. And how could it not be? If we have any illusions about … [Read more...]

When Celebrity Christianity Backfires

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Let's be real, you guys.The Internet does not need another post about what is certainly now the most significant bearded Christian duck-hunting reality show controversy OF ALL TIME.And honestly, I wouldn't add one if I didn't think this might be a slightly different angle than the majority of what I've been seeing in my feeds, which amounts to either conservative or progressive Christian outrage at A&E or Phil Robertson. But is this outrage, on either side, the best response to the … [Read more...]

Patton Oswalt & Prodigal Sam – A Love Story

Have you heard about that thing that happened with that comedian Patton Oswalt and that dude on Twitter who does funny tweets called @prodigalsam?How Sam supposedly, like, stole a bunch of jokes from other Twitter comedians and so somebody made a Tumblr about it and then Patton Oswalt started calling Sam a "thieving hack" and stuff? And then this giant controversy broke out on Twitter and in the media and even Salon did an interview with Sam to get his side of the story? And then Sam quit … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 1

[Part 2 here.]Earlier this week, I tweeted this:I was surprised by the response, mostly affirming that this may in fact be the case. I admit that it was kind of a shot in the dark. I also admit that this is not a particular area of academic expertise or extensive experience for me.Because of that, I want to frame this two-part series as a similar kind of proposal, rather than a definitive word on the subject. I want to make two primary suggestions, and then ask two big questions to those … [Read more...]


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