Category: Theology

What If Shopping Malls Are Really Sanctuaries?

The mall in my town looks more like a religious sanctuary than I ever realized.  I mean, its presence is literally cathedral-like. In fact, the mall itself is a nod to medieval Christian architecture in its “cruciformity” (the building, from… Read More

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Guest Post: Our Christmas Hope – An Advent Reflection

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ birthday during the winter? Have you ever wondered why we celebrate his birthday at all? It is not as if we know Jesus’ actual date of birth. All we know… Read More

My Life With Night Terrors, Demons, And “Alice In Wonderland Syndrome”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,”… Read More

Why We Love The Rapture

“I know you all want answers, and believe me, so do I.“ – Captain Rayford Steele, Left Behind 2014. I was a child of the late 90’s and an evangelical Christian so, naturally, I read the wildly popular Left… Read More

The Cure For “Racial Tensions?”

Answers in Genesis emailed me ten days ago. They claimed to have found the cure for “racial tensions” (and yes, they used quotation marks). “Racial tensions” manifested by the likes of street demonstrations in Ferguson, use-of-force inquires, the shooting… Read More

The Christian community validates Jesus’ legitimacy (or at least it should)

This is the transcription of a sermon that I preached at Elk Grove Congregational Church on 6/29/14. It is, in fact, the first transcript I’ve ever shared and the form is different from what I normally post on an irenicon…. Read More

Let’s Make A New Testament Law Code!

Out with the Old and in with the New, let’s figure this stuff out; those who are in, those who are out. Preachers and theologians routinely tell me that Paul argued for a post-Law community of Christians united not… Read More

Leaving Behind Left Behind Theology

Nicolas Cage is slated to one-up Kirk Cameron in the latest Left Behind movie this October. The movie is based on a novel based on a theology based on Darby’s method for reading prophecy in the Bible. I myself read… Read More

Call it Complementarianism all you want, but this is what it looks like.

  despot[Complementarian]ism: a form of government in which a single entity, individual or group rules with absolute power.

“God Isn’t A Man, But He’s Male?”

Someone at the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently read an article that Rachel Held Evans wrote back in 2012. In it, Evans referred to God as “She.”

Purity Culture, Jesus, and the Markan Narrative

The evangelical obsession with purity. Reminds me of ritual purity law. Especially when it determines who is inside the circle. And who is not. The Gospel of Mark is full of little devices I like to call “Markan… Read More

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Jesus Denies Having Wife, Says Foreknowledge of Followers’ Sexual Repression Assured His Perpetual Bachelorhood

In response to the verification of the ancient papyrus popularly dubbed Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, the Lord himself issued a statement denying that he ever married: “I know that Dan Brown and a fourth century scribe have suggested that I… Read More

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The Definitive List of 2014’s Attacks on Christianity Which, Um, Aren’t That at All.

1. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Surely Aronofsky’s adaptation of Israel’s adaptation of Babylon’s adaptation of a great flood story is an affront to God.

90’s Chain-Email-Turned-Movie Convinces Atheists They Are “Just Angry At God”

A philosophy professor lifts up a piece of chalk, eyes his students, then dares God to prevent it from breaking.  The class watches as he opens his hand and the chalk breaks on the ground, falsifying the God-hypothesis…. Read More

Mark Driscoll’s Publishing Tactics Trigger A Golden Age For Christian Publishing

First he published the book that inspired Christian sex everywhere, now Mark Dirscoll’s methods are inspiring what some have called “a golden age for Christian publishing… and for the Gospel.” It turns out that