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Russell Moore Wants Authoritarianism, Just Without Scandals

Reading Time: 8 minutes I had not yet learned that authoritarianism itself precludes sincerity or faithfulness in Christianity. Individual Christians might cultivate these traits, but there is no way to have a whole group of them reliably doing the same thing. Sooner or later, a bad-faith actor gets into that group — and wrecks it, often before it’s even really gotten off the ground.

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LifeWay: A Continuing Spiral to the Bottom

Reading Time: 10 minutes LifeWay is the publishing and propaganda arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) — and easily the denomination’s biggest and most influential subgroup. But in recent years, LifeWay looks more and more like a star that is falling. Today, let me catch you up on what’s going on with this evangelical publishing company — and show you why their most recent leader reflects this dysfunctional group’s covert goals a lot better than its stated ones.

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The Real Tipping Point of Christian Dominance (Already Came and Went)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! Yesterday, we talked about Thom Rainer’s assertion in 2018 that American evangelical churches had found themselves at a ‘tipping point.’ He thought that if those churches didn’t get on the stick (and pay him a whopping lot of money for his silly revitalization services), then American Christianity would fade to irrelevance just […]

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The Autopsy of ‘Autopsy of a Deceased Church’

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! Recently, we’ve been checking out Thom Rainer’s Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. In addition to offering non-solutions that are guaranteed to fail, this book became part of the never-ending line of evangelical advice books that would totally fix Christianity — and yet somehow did not change anything at all. […]

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Narcissists in the Pulpit: The Worst Advice Ever

Reading Time: 11 minutes Hi and welcome back! I recently caught this news and it blew my mind. See, apparently tons and tons of Christian pastors have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)! Evangelicals in particular have begun talking about the rash of narcissists in power in their churches — and offering the worst advice ever for dealing with it. Today, let’s […]

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