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

February 15, 2018

(Source: Twitter) Yesterday, 17 children were gunned downed in their school. It was the 18th school shooting in the United States in the last 45 days.* And while the vast majority of Americans are horrified, appalled, and outraged, demanding some sort of action, any action be taken to end these sorts of unspeakable tragedies, Republican leadership in Congress just shrugs while their benefactors at the NRA and its foot soldiers go about peddling their propaganda about the supposed ineffectiveness of… Read more

February 13, 2018

(Source: Facebook) It’s not exactly news that Trump-loving Christians contort themselves in all sorts of ways to justify supporting a man who is so objectively anti-Christ in everything he says and does. And yet those contortions never cease to amaze. The latest installment of the seemingly never-ending and appalling series of Christian justifications for Donald Trump comes courtesy of one of his favorite preachers, Robert Jeffress. In a recent op-ed for Religion News Service, Jeffress tried to explain why the… Read more

January 15, 2018

(Credit: Wikipedia) If you don’t get goosebumps listening to the end of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, you need to check your pulse. Or maybe your soul. It’s a riveting message of hope and aspiration for a future free from the racial divide that plagued America in the middle of the 20th century and continues to plague us today. As a naive, middle-class white kid in the 90s, I thought America was well on its way… Read more

January 12, 2018

(Credit: Wikipedia) The President of the United States is an unapologetic racist. He’s certainly not the first racist President and, sadly, probably won’t be the last. But unlike Presidents in recent memory who, generally speaking, at least publicly made an effort to not appear racist by saying or doing objectively racist things, Donald Trump has made racism the foundation of his presidency ever since the day he first rode down that tacky golden elevator in Trump Tower to announce he… Read more

January 5, 2018

(Credit: Will Clayton, Flickr Creative Commons) I turn 35 in a little over a week or so. It feels a lot weirder to write that than it does to live it. Almost 35 isn’t quite the depressing hellscape I envisioned when I was 16. Don’t get me wrong. Waking up everyday at 6AM, getting fat, and going bald were all a part of my teenage apocalyptic nightmares and they have come to fruition, but now I can eat ice cream… Read more

October 2, 2017

(Credit: James Marvin Phelps, Flickr Creative Commons) Having spent my entire life in the South, I quickly learned something about many of my fellow lifelong Southerners that I didn’t realize until I moved to New England several years ago. Many lifelong Southerners have no sense of New England geography. How do I know? Because any time a tragedy occurred in, say, Boston or New York (which I know isn’t New England, but stay with me here), I immediately received texts,… Read more

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