The death of Foley is deplorable. The actions of ISIS are despi­ca­ble. But atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by ISIS are no more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mus­lim belief than the actions of extrem­ist Chris­tians are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of main­stream Chris­tian­ity … Con­tinue read­ing on →

The ongo­ing unrest in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri is a sober­ing reminder of the state of racial rela­tions in the United States, and of the out-of-control mil­i­ta­riza­tion of our police force. But I fear that the real tragedy of Fer­gu­son is that it’s des­tined to become … Con­tinue read­ing on →

Review: Reoriented by Tyler J. Francke

May 12, 2014

Tyler Francke’s new novel “Reori­ented” tack­les the most divi­sive issue fac­ing mod­ern Chris­tian­ity: homo­sex­u­al­ity. Through the fic­tional story of a gay stu­dent at a Chris­t­ian col­lege, Francke offers an engag­ing and thought-provoking explo­ration of “faith, scrip­ture and sex­ual identity.”

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Rep. Steve Daines and ENDA

May 5, 2014

I wrote the let­ter below to the Great Falls Tri­bune and it ran in today’s issue. It’s not as excit­ing as a let­ter in the New Yorker, but I think it’s an impor­tant issue that needs greater attention.

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The Truth about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

April 14, 2014

New Tes­ta­ment scholar Can­dida Moss dis­cusses the cur­rent debate sur­round­ing the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” (GJW) in a recent arti­cle for The Daily Beast.

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Link Round-Up: World Vision, Waco, Noah and Lewis!

April 10, 2014

I’ve been blog­ging more and more over at Patheos. I don’t know if I’ll start blog­ging exclu­sively over there and aban­don this lit­tle cor­ner of the inter­net, or if I’ll split my writ­ing between the two loca­tions or if I’ll arrive at some other arrange­ment. But for now, here’s a round up of my recent posts:

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My review of “Noah”

March 31, 2014

My review of Dar­ren Aronofsky’s film “Noah” is now up on the Patheos Unfun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tians blog: “Noah” in a nut­shell: Watch­ers lose, love wins.

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Western “Art”

March 12, 2014

In recent art news, the 2014 Whit­ney Bien­nial is now in full swing, the New Museum is host­ing Laure Prouvost’s first Amer­i­can solo exhi­bi­tion, MoMA has a major exhi­bi­tion of Gau­guin prints and draw­ings, the Art Insti­tute of Chicago has a Christo­pher Wool ret­ro­spec­tive and the inno­cent denizens of Great Falls, Mon­tana, must be sub­jected to another […]

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The best Christian book of the year

March 10, 2014

Sev­eral years ago, I attended a church dis­cus­sion group on the topic of women in min­istry. The pas­tor lead­ing the group spent the first forty-five min­utes force­fully lay­ing out the “bib­li­cal” case for why women aren’t allowed to be pas­tors. After his dia­tribe, I asked him, “if women can’t be pas­tors, does that mean God with­holds gifts of […]

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Book Giveaway: Andy Stanley’s “How To Be Rich”

March 5, 2014

‏A few months ago, Andy Stan­ley tweeted about his new book “How To Be Rich,” and I replied with a snarky response: @AndyStanley Jan 13 Just found out some of you haven’t pur­chased your copy yet. Join the move­ment. BeRich ‏@CoolingTwilight Jan 13 @AndyStanley I under­stand how me buy­ing your book makes YOU rich. But how do […]

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