May 1, 2017

“I don’t want to be a damn flower.” The thought raced through my mind before I even knew what my brain was saying to itself the first time I showed up in the oncologist’s office to find out if the giant mass growing in my chest was cancer or not. The flower itself was beautiful, both in appearance and sentiment. A white orchid brushed with just the slightest touch of pink, it was a kind memorial to a woman I’ll never know who lost… Read more

April 14, 2017

(Credit: Wikipedia) On April 8, 1966, Time magazine created an uproar with a stark, black and red cover that asked “Is God Dead?” Laity and clergy alike were outraged. Time received somewhere around 3,500 angry letters to the editor, the most it had ever received for a single article. The idea that God could die was outrageously unthinkable to some and outright blasphemy to others. Which was incredibly ironic considering the day Time published its infamous edition. April 8, 1966 was Good Friday…. Read more

April 13, 2017

(Credit: The Taking of Christ by Carravagio via Wikipedia) Can I make Holy Week about myself for a second? I know, I know. It sounds really narcissistic, but most of us do it anyway. Heck, your pastor will probably do it tonight if your church has a Maundy Thursday service. Maybe not himself, exactly, but there’s a good chance he or she will do what pastors and laity alike have done for millennia and try to guess who they would… Read more

April 4, 2017

(Credit: Matt Northam, Flickr Creative Commons) Several years ago, I managed to visit the assassination sites of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy on the same day. It wasn’t intentional, per se. It just sort of happened. I was living in Memphis at the time and my friend Joseph was passing through town to pick me up on our way to a theology conference in Dallas, Texas. Before we crossed the Mississippi River, he asked if it was… Read more

March 30, 2017

Since I’m always welcoming new people to the blog I sometimes like to revisit an old post or two that sparked a good conversation, but may have been missed by those who weren’t around when it was originally posted. In light of John Piper’s unintentional endorsement of female preachers yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to dig this post out of the archives and share it again.   How well do you remember the Easter story? Or perhaps I… Read more

March 21, 2017

I don’t think I can think of a better snapshot of the past year in the life of American Christianity than Alternative Facts beating out Jesus. And they didn’t just beat Jesus. They thumped him. Their victory was so dominant, Jesus the Refugee’s very existence in the matchup was all but irrelevant in the face of such a powerful force. Kind of like real life. Sigh… Congratulations are due to Serena Severance for a commanding victory in the American Jesus Madness… Read more

March 20, 2017

Welcome once again to the end of all things. The 2017 American Jesus Madness championship. It years past, “the end of all things” has been obvious hyperbole, but given who’s currently occupying the White House, we may have indeed reached the end of all things. Hopefully not, but the mere fact that it’s a possibility is utterly terryifying. Anywho, until Armageddon does arrive, it’s time to choose a champion!! One small difference you’ll notice from previous rounds: a running tally… Read more

March 20, 2017

I’m not sure I could think of a championship matchup more representative of the past year than this one. It’s going to be a fun final battle to watch. Or it would be fun if it also wasn’t so depressingly real. Either way, check out the results below then head on back at 9AM to choose the 2017 American Jesus Madness champion!!   4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE VOTES But The Supreme Court… – 48%       Jesus The… Read more

March 19, 2017

Welcome to the Apocalypse!! Hopefully it’s a lot more fun than Hal Lindsey led you to believe. Though, fair warning: if you think too much about these last matchups and remember they’re actually real world conflicts things could get a bit depressing. To ward off any bad juju, just do what any good true patriot would and don’t think about the consequences. Just vote! And on that uplifting note, here once again are a few reminders about voting… You can vote on each… Read more

March 19, 2017

Every time I put a bracket together, I try to strategize beyond the first round matchups in hopes that subsequent matchups will still make some sort of sense. In the past, this has been really difficult because there are only so many current stories/issues/etc. going on in a given year and they’re often not directly related. However, it goes without saying the past year in both American and American Christian history has been…interesting. As a result, many of this year’s… Read more

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