May 4, 2022

Let me be the first to say it loudly and proudly: I was wrong. For years, I was Puddleglum. I was a pessimist. I just assumed this would never actually happen. Yet here we are. Like many of you, I was on Twitter when the news leaked that SCOTUS may be poised to overturn Roe. And like many of you, it took me a while to go to bed thereafter. The buzz was like nothing I’ve seen in all my... Read more

May 2, 2022

[Note: What follows is satire. Let the reader understand.] Church, we have a problem. A unity problem. I mean, just look around you. We can’t seem to agree on anything, and it’s tearing us apart. This is not helpful or winsome. The world is watching, remember? Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to gospel issues, a little division might be a good thing. Take the diagnosis and treatment of systemic racism. I mean, if you can’t even agree with... Read more

March 17, 2022

Yesterday, popular anti-woke talk-show host Dave Rubin tweeted out that he and his gay partner were welcoming two babies later this year. A picture told the whole story, with each of them holding an ultrasound of a child in utero: “Baby #1” and “Baby #2.” Almost immediately, some wag took the announcement and produced this meme: (Great meme.) In response to the news, Jake Meador posted this lament, apropos of the fact that rising anti-CRT activist Chris Rufo had left... Read more

February 22, 2022

Lately, I see some variation on this tweet all the time: “I just don’t understand. Explain to me how it is that [list of criticized evangelical names] can be bad, while [list of secular pundits/public intellectuals] is good. When did Christians start turning to secular voices instead of listening to their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?” This is a low-resolution version of an idea I’ve seen developed in longer-form, more sophisticated contexts, but the gist of the argument is... Read more

February 5, 2022

It’s hard for me to believe, but I’ve been following the whole “homosexuality and the church” debate for about ten years now—even farther back than the court decision which effectively made gay marriage the law of the land. My thinking on the issue had in fact been taking shape long before that, as I watched how different Christian subcultures mapped out their respective territories around it. In particular, these were the early years of a blog called Spiritual Friendship. For... Read more

January 11, 2022

When you’re a Christian creative, and the culture hands you a hot mike, what do you say? That’s a question the creators of Christian satire site The Babylon Bee have been asking themselves in the past couple of years. It’s rare for a product conceived by Christians to penetrate mainstream pop culture. But the Bee is so popular that it’s toppled the Onion from its perch as the hottest ticket in the satire market, period—not just Christian satire. This has... Read more

December 27, 2021

Ho, ho, ho. Merry beginning of Christmas, you low Protestant plebs! In the spirit of the ongoing season, I’d like to update this little corner with some thoughts on that touchiest of evergreen third-rail topics: Santa Claus. Santa Claus has been enjoying some good press recently thanks to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who made a heavily ratioed Christmas Eve tweet reminding everyone that Santa’s reindeer would have been vaporized into oblivion long before they could complete a delivery trip around the planet…in case... Read more

November 22, 2021

A little over a year ago, after thinking I wouldn’t go with the crowd and write yet another Kyle Rittenhouse take, I wrote a Kyle Rittenhouse take here on this blog. It had been a long time coming. It came from a place of anger at the cruel, slanderous things I was seeing people direct at a kid whose worst sin appeared to be getting lost in a crowd. It grated on me that even pieces offering “reasonable” takes had... Read more

September 19, 2021

Southern Baptist Convention president Ed Litton resurfaced on Twitter this past week after the release of a new interview where he discusses the fallout of his sermon plagiarism scandal. The accusations, which were originally limited to a single J. D. Greear sermon, quickly ballooned until it became embarrassingly apparent that Litton was stealing work verbatim on a mass scale, not just from Greear but from Tim Keller. So complete was the theft that original footage of Greear could be perfectly... Read more

August 30, 2021

Last week, National Religious Broadcasters caused a stir by allegedly firing spokesman Dan Darling for his choice to endorse the COVID vaccine on Morning Joe. The segment was short, transcribed here at National Review. Darling’s presentation was more earnest than inflammatory, careful to decry “dunking on” unvaccinated deaths and “shaming” those who chose differently. Still, he was convinced of the vaccine’s efficacy and wanted to use his platform to urge people to take it, especially other Christians. Religion News Service... Read more

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