In case you haven’t seen it yet, Matthew Paul Turner (who blogs, and tweets with the moniker @jesusneedsnewpr), has an amazing–and amazingly painful–story on his blog about a young man named Andrew who, after admitting to cheating on his fiancee, was subjected to overly harsh church discipline at
In reading various reviews and reflections on Robert Bellah’s latest tome, Religion and Human Evolution, I was reminded of some thoughts I had written down about Peter Rollins’ work. I have tried to cobble something coherent together here which conveys my general criticism, which is basically historical in nature. One reflection on Bellah at [...]
My latest in The Daily considers why it’s so difficult for Christians to be cool…
Last weekend, I walked into my parents’ living room to find it strewn with home-made DVDs and old VHS tapes. My mother and father were planted firmly in front of the television, and as I got close enough to see [...]
In today’s Wall Street Journal, I have an op-ed that sums up the whole “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” kerfuffle for the uninformed, and then rests on a point very similar to the one I came to last week…perhaps, with a bit less snark. Here’s the concluding thought:
Stating that religions [...]
Reading the various reactions of Christian bloggers to the Mark Driscoll book, two in particular stuck with me. The first was by Matt Anderson, who I think described the correct way to think about the event of an evangelical sex book, and also nailed the essentially legalistic character of the Driscolls’ explicitness.
First of all, I have a story today at The Daily Beast on the fallout over Mark Driscoll’s “controversial” new book, Real Marriage. It’s probably not news to most Patrol readers, but check it out if you’re interested. At least I had fun describing Driscoll as a “testosterone-oozing Calvinist bruiser.”
Something that came [...]
I wanted to ignore this. I really did. When a youth pastor friend of mine sent me a link to the YouTube page of Jeff Bethke, this quasi-rapping, Drake-looking, spoken-word poet, and asked my opinion, I said, “Lame.” The poem is called “Sexual Healing,” and in it Bethke gives his take on [...]
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