‘The Lower Room’ – A Passion Play Through The Eyes Of Women

Church plays (or musicals) can be a goldmine for hilariousness and poking fun. Like the time when a church tried to use pyrotechnics in their passion play and Jesus was almost roasted alive. We put on so many plays and musicals at church about the same story that getting butts in the pews means doing something to stand out from the crowd. Which often results in disaster...and a few good laughs. But this play seems different....
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What Abandoning Evangelicalism Does And Does Not Look Like

countrychurch(H/T) In the wake of the epic World Vision fiasco last week I wrote a post calling for the abandonment of evangelicalism in favor of "new wineskins." That call wasn't an impulsive reaction. It was the continuation of something I began talking about two years ago and others began calling for many years before that. Last week's disaster only reinforced my conviction that...
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10,000 Chances At Redemption

wvgirl (H/T Matthew Paul Turner) Yesterday afternoon I participated in a conference call with World Vision president Rich Stearns. It lasted a little less than an hour and consisted mostly of Rich explaining and apologizing for everything that has taken since (and before) World Vision changed and then reversed their decision to hire employees who are married and gay. While the original decision may have seemed like a...
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When Christian Music Goes Bad, Really Really Bad

BurnTheShips(painting by unknown artist) They say that confession is good for the soul. And laughing at yourself can do wonders too. So, in that spirit I invite you to do a little of both with me today. I have a confession to make. Not long ago I found myself momentarily overwhelmed by nostalgia, headed over to iTunes, and repurchased the first album I ever owned. What was that album,...
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Jesus Is Muslim?

Christians are notorious for putting up some pretty controversial church signs and billboards. Turns out we're not the only ones. A serious of billboards has gone up in Columbus, OH and is causing quite the stir. Mostly because of this sign. P-JESUS-BILLBOARD_30156I guess I appreciate the "Jesus is..." language, and maybe I'm being picky here, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around how Jesus could be an...
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We Need New Wineskins (Or Why Evangelicalism Needs To Be Abandoned)

IMG_2957-seating-bw Last week was a bad week. Not just for World Vision, but for the church. The zeal with which so many Christians abandoned their sponsored children in the name of theological purity wasn't just embarrassing. It was repugnant and exposed the hate of so many that for so long has been hidden under the guise of "a difference of opinion." In the time that has past since that epic fiasco,...
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UPDATE: World Vision Has Reversed Their Hiring Decision


After immense pressure from the evangelical community, World Vision has reversed their decision to allow the hiring of gay married couples. While this doesn't change my love for and continued support of World Vision, I’m extremely disappointed in their decision. But I'm more profoundly disappointed and incredibly disturbed by the response of so many in the evangelical community who so willing and quickly...
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Here’s How You Can Take A Prophetic Stand In Response To World Vision


It's been almost 2 days since I heard the news that World Vision made an adjustment to their employment policy that will now allow for the hiring of people who are married and gay. 2 days since I watched as righteous indignation poured out across the web in the form of threats (now fulfilled) to pull funding and end child sponsorships over World Vision's decision. It's...
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The 2014 American Jesus Madness Champion Is….


With a commanding 61% of the votes Mark Sandlin has become the champion of American Jesus Madness for an unprecedented second year in a row!!

Congratulations are also do to our 2014 American Jesus Madness bracket winner Rick Riedel!! With 109 points, he came from behind to stun the field at the end by correcting predicting Mark Sandlin would repeat as...

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