Believe Something Already: Emergent, LaBeouf, & the Growing Senselessness of Doubt

Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word.  Last week, two seemingly unrelated blips appeared on my Internet radar and struck a strangely similar chord: Tony Jones's statistics about the emergent/emerging church, and Shia LaBeouf's interview on Interview Magazine. I'm not entirely sure what point Jones was trying to drive home … [Read more...]

Yes, Al Mohler (and Tony Jones), There IS a Third Way

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Recently, Al Mohler blogged that when it comes to gay marriage THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.His curmudgeonly Neo-Fundamentalist take is the right-wing mirror of Tony Jones's position from the left. Tony, too, believes that there's no third way. It's a moment of agreement between the two poles that pretty much proves the accuracy of the fundamentalist label I've recently argued for.At any rate, Al is specifically commenting on a Southern Baptist pastor who recently changed his theological … [Read more...]

Three Reasons You’re Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

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In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other. On the conservative side, progressives are viewed as morally bankrupt libertine weaklings who lack the backbone to stand up to "the culture." In the words of one famous conservative preacher, this is because they are a bunch of ivory tower elites who are "educated beyond their intelligence."But on the progressive side, the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 1

Some books show up at just the right time.In a recent review of Creating a Missional Culture by J.R. Woodward, I wrote about how the practical stories and ecclesial exhortations in the book felt like the timely, comforting voice of God to me in the midst of fresh heartache from closing our church plant, Dwell, last August.Prodigal Christianity by my two friends David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw has been a well-timed book, to be sure.But in a different sort of way.It hasn't been a pe … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll & the Empty Politic of Evangelicalism

We evangelicals have a problem.And the problem is, simply put, that we do not know how to tell the truth.If that sounds harsh, hear what I mean: it is not that we don't think we are telling the truth (we do), it is that we have so constructed the "master signifiers" of our faith and life that we no longer know how to be really, deeply honest - with ourselves or with the world. And, unfortunately, it is the world that is the most painfully aware of this.I've spent a good deal of … [Read more...]


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