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Posted inReligion

‘Counting the Costs’ is Music to Authoritarian Ears

Reading Time: 9 minutes Before I get into the harm his suggestions do to children, I realized I needed to explain a popular Christianese concept: counting the costs. This phrase figures prominently in Greg Stier’s work, and it certainly did as well in my own life when I was evangelical. Today, let me show you this Christianese phrase, how it’s used, and how it manipulates the unwary into groups and behavior that will only harm them.

Posted inReligion

When Lee Strobel Accidentally Illustrated the Nonexistent Power of Prayer

Reading Time: 7 minutes Happy Fourth of July! Today, I want to offer a funny palate cleanser for our holiday — something I noticed while researching the Unchurched series. In this little tidbit, you see, Lee Strobel accidentally illustrated the completely nonexistent power of prayer. I wonder if anybody in his audience even noticed? But I did, and now I’ll show you […]

Posted inNews

There is no liberty but Falwell’s liberty

Reading Time: 4 minutes Jerry Fallwell 2, the President of the Bible college winsomely named ‘Liberty University,’ asked the doctor who runs the ‘Liberty’ health service if it would be a terrific idea to let the students return from their spring break despite the threat of COVID-19. The New York Times has details: “We’ve lost the ability to corral […]

Posted inReligion

The Attack of the Evangelism Apps!

Reading Time: 11 minutes I downloaded a whole bunch of evangelism apps last week and ran through them. I’ll show you what they are, how they work, and how likely they are to accomplish literally anything of use to the Christians who create and use them. Join me for a grand tour of evangelism apps!

Posted inLGBTQ, Religion

Another Day, Another TRUE CHRISTIAN™ Hypocrite

Reading Time: 13 minutes In the lifetime of this blog, we’ve talked often about how hypocritical the most fervent Christians always turn out to be. We’ve established many times that hypocrisy isn’t a fluke or aberration of the religion but an absolutely inevitable outcome of its various teachings. In the wake of some absolutely explosive new allegations against one of Christianity’s most valiant culture warriors, we turn our attention once again to this simple fact.

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