Reading Time: 2 minutes A few days ago, the news broke that Zoey, a five-year-old girl in Louisiana, was kicked out of her Baptist kindergarten because her adoptive parents are lesbians. Lesbianism is a bridge too far for Southern Baptists. In the hierarchy of sins, same-sex sex is way up there at the top for Baptists, worse than murder […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let me show you the double message that evangelical men send the women in their tribe — and how important it’s getting for evangelicals to submerge these messages out of sight again.
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.
Reading Time: 9 minutes J.D. Greear’s swung into action to suggest that the SBC informally adopt a nickname that sounds better. Today, let’s see what the SBC’s name change involves — and ask if it’ll work.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Reading Time: 8 minutes Today, I’ll show you what this trendy phrase means, and why Christian leaders have latched onto it as hard as they have. Because I’m really helpful that way, I’ll also show you why it’s doomed to fail–just like everything else those leaders do to try to reverse their decade-long decline in membership and credibility.
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.
Reading Time: 10 minutes One verse most fundagelicals know well is 1 Timothy 6:10: the line about how money is the root of all evil. But I don’t think that’s true. I think, rather, that love of power is their religion’s big problem.