March 22, 2018

I’ve gotta be honest. I never would have guessed this final four, er, I mean 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Especially not considering some of the blowouts some of the Exquisite 8 had before heading into this round. Some continued to hold serve, like Evangelical Lady Bloggers who look like they may be a favorite to win it all, but I thought Thoughts & Prayers had finally met their match in Jen Hatmaker. Boy, was I wrong. Same thing about… Read more

March 21, 2018

We stand on the brink of the apocalypse. Eight combatants remain, but only four will survive the day and become the 2018 American Jesus Madness 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse…which…you know…now that I say it out loud sounds really dark and ominous and I totally get why the NCAA went with something more family friendly like the Final Four. Oh well, it’s too late to change it now. The polls are open and it’s time to choose the horsemen…or horseladies…or… Read more

March 21, 2018

In the Salacious 16 round we saw the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders with all but a couple of matchups ending early in total blowouts. But now that the pretenders are gone, the matchups will get tougher. Much, much tougher until we crown a champion. But before we do that, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse have to arrive first and who that will be is, of course, up to you. So, check out the results and leaderboard below,… Read more

March 20, 2018

Welcome to the Salacious 16 round where the matchups get even more salacious-i-er. What does that mean? Doesn’t matter. This is American Christianity in 2018 we’re talking about. Nothing matters anymore. Except your vote! And the polls are now open, so cast your ballot as often as you like for whoever you like…and then cast it again and keep on casting till the polls close tonight at 10pm CDT. Then check back here tomorrow morning at 8AM CDT to find… Read more

March 20, 2018

American Jesus Madness came a little too close for comfort in the 1st round with Loving Children needing a last minute rally to beat Loving Guns. On the other hand, Thoughts & Prayers silenced Actually Doing Something by a 60% margin, so real life still held some sway in the 1st Round. And on the other other hand, Evangelical Lady Bloggers completely destroyed Evangelical Authorities, both in that matchup and with Jen Hatmaker’s demolishing (pun very much intended) of Lifeway… Read more

March 19, 2018

It’s time once again to crown a new champion of American Christianity. As always, we’ve got some really tough 1st round matchups. And as always, who moves on is totally up to you, so vote and vote often!! For reals. American Jesus Madness is just like a Russian presidential election. Voting is unlimited!! Vote for your favorite, vote for your least favorite, vote for the thing you’re passionate about, or vote for the thing you can’t believe is a real… Read more

March 15, 2018

If you’re new to American Jesus Madness, you might find yourself wondering, “What sort of insane dystopian tournament I have wandered into?” But fear not! Well, maybe fear a little. I mean, the tournament may be imaginary, but the combatants are sadly all too real. Anywho, for newcomers and veterans alike, I like to offer a breakdown of the bracket every year to explain what’s going on in each matchup so you have a better idea on what you’re voting… Read more

March 12, 2018

Here it is!! The official 2018 American Jesus Madness bracket. I would say it’s been yet another wild and crazy year in American Christianity, but that would make it sound like business as usual and as we all know all too well, life has been anything but usual since Donald Trump took office. Which is why American Jesus Madness may be more important then ever. We all need a chance to blow off some steam, release the pressure valve of… Read more

March 7, 2018

It’s that magical time of the year again. The snow is melting, spring is just around the corner, and children everywhere are rejoicing as the greatest imaginary tournament in the history of American Christianity is ready to begin. That’s right, it’s time for American Jesus Madness 2018. The annual royal rumble of all things American Christianity where 64 combatants enter, but only 1 will walk away with the title of champion of American Christianity. Last year, Jesus the Refugee duked… Read more

February 21, 2018

(Credit: Florida Memory, Flickr Creative Commons) On a June evening just before my junior year in high school, I joined some 45,000 people on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, TN to hear Billy Graham preach. As a would-be preacher myself, he was my hero. He was a Baptist and I was a Nazarene and Baptists and Nazarenes don’t always agree on theology, but the one thing we could agree on was the fact that Billy Graham was… Read more

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