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November 09, 2018
Christmas in November
It’s early November, and Michael Buble has already told me it’s beginning to look a...
November 07, 2018
Church via app is spiritual masturbation
This week, Judah Smith, pastor of Churchome — the mega congregation that is home to...
October 01, 2018
You don’t have to fight every battle
I know, I know. It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. My bad. It’s been...
September 14, 2018
“Only God is master of the universe”: Growing up fundamentalist
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I grew up in a Christian home,...
September 07, 2018
The need for a “purple” church: Why the Body of Christ isn’t democrat or republican
Recently, Christianity Today published results of a LifeWay research poll stating that 57% of American...
August 31, 2018
Your inner voice is your worst enemy
I pity anyone who was my friend when I was single. I was the king...
August 20, 2018
I was a teenage Jesus Freak
Although I was largely invisible in high school (and liked it that way), there...
August 13, 2018
Is it okay to be mad at God?
Sometimes I wonder if God knows what he’s doing. I wonder that right now, nearing...
August 09, 2018
You won’t attend my funeral
Odds are, we’ve never met. Unless you’re one of my friends or family members, you...
July 26, 2018
On mourning and the offense of death
In the past two months, my family lost a generation of matriarchs. In May, my...
July 20, 2018
The bride of Christ is not a Stepford Wife
During some vacation sightseeing a few years back, my wife and I visited a small...
July 18, 2018
What Jim Henson taught me about relationships
I could create an entire podcast out of the lessons I’ve learned from Jim Henson....
July 09, 2018
Is art proof of God?
A few weeks ago, I attended my niece’s dance recital. I can’t say I expected...
July 06, 2018
Derek Webb talks shifting faith, music and more on CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC.
When I started the CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. podcast a little over a year ago, my original plan...
July 06, 2018
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and the allure of goodness
I was not a Mr. Rogers kid. I’ve made no secret of my love and...
July 03, 2018
Why I’m still listening to Derek Webb
It takes a lot to turn off the new album by your favorite artist one...
June 29, 2018
CROSS.CULTURE.CRITIC. (and Mere Chris-ianity) is back!
I know, I know. Writing has been sparse the past few weeks. I’m sorry and...
June 18, 2018
Donald Trump is not a monster
I am not a fan of President Donald Trump. I was annoyed when he was...
June 14, 2018
Does having kids kill your dreams?
When my wife was pregnant with our son, people looked at my busy schedule and...
June 11, 2018
What the church doesn’t tell you about doubt
I write a lot about my beliefs, to the point where I sometimes cringe at...
June 09, 2018
Flashback: ‘Saved!’ was evangelical satire ahead of its time
When I walked out of the theater after seeing “Saved!” 14 years ago, I was...
June 07, 2018
You will never be perfect
You will never be perfect. Stop clinging to that goal, because it’s not going to...
June 05, 2018
Why I still love the Church
I’ve had people remark that I’m hard on Christians. Whether on this blog, on social...
June 03, 2018
A communion lesson
Communion is sacred. It’s one of two ordinances that Jesus explicitly commanded his followers to...
June 01, 2018
Review: ‘Camp Manna’ lovingly tweaks the weirdness of Christian culture
I am a product of Christian camp. When I was a kid, one of the...
May 29, 2018
Scattered thoughts on Paige Patterson, #MeToo and Curdled Complementarianism
When it was alleged that Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, had counseled...
May 25, 2018
“Crystal Skull” at 10: How Indiana Jones lost his soul
Since its release 10 years ago, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”...
May 23, 2018
“Camp Manna” directors talk Christian satire, filmmaking and Gary Busey
About five minutes into “Camp Manna,” it's clear that the filmmakers are in on the...
May 21, 2018
Confessions of a would-be Incel
Last week, a young man walked into his Texas high school armed with a gun,...
May 18, 2018
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