“Don’t Call it a Comeback!” (He’s been here for years)

This may well be the year of Satan. A number of books, films, and presidential candidates seem to suggest we have yet to give up on our fascination with Old Horny. Two of the ‘must have’ books of the year include Jeff Pugh’s The Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement Office, and my very own, The Devil Wears Nada: Satan Exposed! If you’ve been wondering what Lucifer is currently up to, why televangelists can’t stop talking about him, or why he... Read More

“Third Way Allegiance” Lands One Favorable Review (No way! I don’t believe it.)

It’s so nice to read a glowing REVIEW. It is, indeed, a rare thing. This is not to suggest I deserve it, only that the law of averages must require that, at some point, someone writes something pleasant about something I have written. So, thank you Justin. Even if this is nothing but lies, flattery or pure sympathy, I do appreciate it. Enjoy.  Read More

DeathWay Bookstores: Kicking A$$ in the Name of the Lor-duh

LifeWay Christian Bookstores. I’ve only been kicked out of four or five of them. Like an Amish gone rogue, I’ve even been banned from one in North Carolina. “We do not tolerate such belligerence from people like you,” I was told. “What do you mean, ‘people like me’? Plus, what’s belligerent about posing a simple question?” I asked the lady escorting me out of the store. “Your whole tone has been nothing but belligerent,”... Read More

Third-Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire

Finally, after two decades of hard work (or, well, more like two years of me kind of trying), Third-Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire is finally out. This is a collection of brief theological articles discussing everything from national holidays to Steve Irwin, from Star Trek to parthenogenesis (and nope, Mother Mary, female whipped-tail lizards, and marmokrebs decidely do not get it on). Primarily, it’s a book about the co-opting... Read More

Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom

 After about 38 laborious years this book has finally come out. (Okay, that was a slight bit of hyperbole, but I wrote my chapter back in 2008. Many thanks to whichever one of you contributors slowed us down–was that you, Steve?) Nevertheless, it looks to be a promising book that provides a constructive grammatical framework for what has historically constituted Christian martyrdom, and what will, if anything, continue to be faithful accounts of blood-witnessing. For... Read More

The (Parenthetical) Sayings Of Jesus

Twelve sayings of Jesus that, based on our practices, obviously must have included parenthetical remarks in the original text. 1. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (unless your generals, leaders, politicians, presidents, or anyone else for that matter, tell you to do otherwise). 2. But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all . . . Simply say ‘Yes’... Read More

Five Questions with Amy Laura Hall

Amy Laura Hall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University. She has written a number of books including the soon to be classic, Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and The Spirit of Reproduction. She also raises holy hell like nobody’s business. For this reason, it’s time for “Five Questions” with Amy Laura Hall. 1) What’s it like having double x chromosomes? Tricky, scary, and fun. I learned during my first months in the... Read More

God “Damned” Blackbirds!

Cindy Jacobs, who is known for her incredible supernatural powers of curing demons of lust, poverty, PMS, and homosexuality (check out my upcoming book, The Devil Wears Nada, for more details), is claiming that the blackbird debacle (can we call it a ‘massacre’ instead?) in Arkansas is God’s warning to us for allowing gay people the ‘right’ to kill their enemies (such a privilege, apparently, should be saved only for heterosexual Christians who have... Read More

“Dear Lord, hear my plea…” (or was it really just my imagination running away with me?)

Dear God, Could you please stop fixing sporting events? Your unpredictability is killing me at the betting table. I can never figure out who you’re helping. One moment you’re hooking up Steve Smith with the Panthers (well, you used to hook him up–he must have been a naughty boy this past year), and the next it’s Vick at Philly (I guess you don’t like Pit Bull Terriers either, huh?). How am I supposed to figure out which one you love the most, or which one prayed... Read More