March 19, 2019

Though he kept these facts on the down-low, Gary Smalley himself was a big-name complementarian and evangelical Christian. Because he wrote from that perspective, his tribe didn’t even care that he lacked any qualifications for counseling married couples. Today, I’ll show you why that perspective matters more than qualifications to Gary Smalley’s target audience–and why that audience would turn to poor-quality advice like his for help. Read more

March 18, 2019

Welcome to the final installment of Godsmacked, in which Jesus tells a spanking-new parable, popularizes a torture rack, and sort of makes friends in midair. Jesus finally figures out What Jesus Would Do, and boy oh boy, Papa Yahweh will not be happy. Read more

March 16, 2019

Over the next week, I’ll show you just why Christian marriage advice is so pathetically awful. Today, we kick off the slumber party with a look at the author of If Only He Knew, and get an overview of what this book offers. Read more

March 14, 2019

The notion of spiritual warfare isn’t new at all in fundagelicalism. In fact, it’s a go-to standby non-solution to everything that ails the Christians who buy into it. I bet you had no idea that the gaining of a happy family life hinges completely on spiritual warfare, either! Today, let me show you magical thinking at its very worst. Read more

March 12, 2019

When Christians try to sell us their religion, they bristle when we treat their assertions like subjective opinions. But even more than that, these Christians get downright annoyed when we respond to their earnest and tedious sales pitches by saying we’re glad that Christianity works for them. My goodness, a whole bunch of them just hate that phrase! Today, I’ll show you why–and the pity party a lot of Christians are throwing for themselves lately over it. Read more

March 11, 2019

As we saw a while ago, these Christians share quite a lot of characteristics with multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs). These two groups also share quite a few pitfalls and shortcomings! When we hear one of these groups promising big huge changes, we are entirely within our rights to feel distrustful of their intentions. Today, Lord Snow Presides over what happens when an MLM really does make big changes–and why neither Christians nor MLMs want to do that. Read more

March 9, 2019

Today, we’ve got a new essay from Thom Rainer to consider. In it, he expresses his sense of optimism about his religion’s fortunes this year. Let’s see why he feels so optimistic–and see if we can suss out if these are good reasons to feel optimistic. Read more

March 7, 2019

Lately, we’ve been talking about authoritarian Christians’ new marketing push: the Cult of Family. Only these Christians know how to create and maintain happy families. Didn’t you know? But as we saw last time, these same Christians despise the values that go into that wondrous and rewarding task. They follow very different values. And they accidentally reveal, constantly, how those values turn out for them. Today, let me show you how toxic Christians let slip what their family lives really look like, and why they do it. Read more

March 5, 2019

Not only do authoritarian Christians not know how to create and grow happy families, but they actively despise and fight against the values that go into that delightful and rewarding task. Read more

March 4, 2019

The doctrinal yardstick illustrates one of the most profound and serious problems Christianity suffers. I know I’ve mentioned this concept a few times over the years. But today, let me lay it out, and show you why it’s such a big freakin’ deal. Today, Lord Snow Presides over a very serious problem for Christians. Read more

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