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Back when the SBC issued a Million Baptism Challenge

Reading Time: 9 minutes Last year, the SBC managed to slightly slow down its tanking baptism rate. It reminded me powerfully of something they tried some years back. Back in 2005, their top leader issued a firmly-worded Million Baptism Challenge. Today, let’s look at what that challenge involved, the context in which it was issued, and what happened at the end. And then, let’s look ahead.

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Secular Women at Work

Reading Time: < 1 minute Like me, you may be feeling discouraged by the latest wave of bad news about prominent figures in the secular community. But I also believe we can’t let their misdeeds be the last word. If we want to see a better atheist movement, one that takes diversity and social justice seriously, then we have to […]

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Another Professional Christian Ends Up on Ashley Madison. (And That’s Not Even the Worst Part.)

Reading Time: 9 minutes This professional Christian video blogger (or “vlogger”) showed up on Ashley Madison in their customer leak. And the funny thing is, that’s not even the worst part of this whole story. The way I see it, there is a bigger problem here than that yet another fundagelical husband was sneaking around behind his wife’s back.

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Upcoming Travel and Speaking Schedule

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s a new year, and I’ve got some events lined up. Here’s my schedule for the next few months: • First and foremost: this coming weekend, January 23-25, is FtBCon 3, a free online conference organized by the good folks of Freethought Blogs. On Saturday the 24th at 6:30 PM Eastern time, I’ll be participating […]

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On Paying Your Atheist Speakers

Reading Time: 4 minutes I was at Women in Secularism 3 this last weekend, a fantastic and nearly flawless conference put on by the Center for Inquiry. I greatly enjoyed every part of it (including Ron Lindsay’s opening speech). I intend to write a longer report later, but first: On a Sunday panel, there was a question from an […]

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#AAcon14 Wrapup

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’ve just gotten home from Salt Lake City, where I was at the 2014 annual convention of American Atheists. AA always has their convention on Easter weekend (and after all, what better weekend would there be for an atheist not to have other plans?), and this year gave us a double dose of cheekiness by […]

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Skepticon VI Impressions

Reading Time: < 1 minute This past weekend I was in Springfield, Missouri for Skepticon VI. This is my third year attending Skepticon, which is far and away my favorite of all the annual atheist conventions. I didn’t go to all the talks this year, but the ones I did see were very good. Debbie Goddard told the funny and […]

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