Review: Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers

September 4, 2014

In Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women, Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti sets out to do nothing less than overturn six thousand years of patriarchy, misogyny, and marginalization of women within Judaism and Christianity. Read more …

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The murder of James Foley, ISIS, and Religions of Peace

August 20, 2014

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 →

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My thoughts on #Ferguson

August 19, 2014

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 →

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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