Epic Christian Fails: Pastor Robert Jeffress and the Greta Thunberg Contingency

Robert Jeffress, toxic Christian Zionist, pastor of the 13,000-strong megachurch First Baptist Dallas, and Trump toady extraordinaire, has a solid record when it comes to taking the Bible literally. The prominent Southern Baptist leader has never shied away from such straight-shooting statements as, "We know from the Bible that in fact, we do have a common … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: Pastor Robert Jeffress and the Greta Thunberg Contingency

Reflections on Religion News Association’s 2019 Conference

On Wednesday, September 18, I flew to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the annual conference of Religion News Association, an organization that has been around since 1949. https://twitter.com/C_Stroop/status/1174050109606129664?s=20 Some time back, ex-evangelical journalist Liam Adams invited me to be part of a panel on religion reporting and social media along with him, Aysha Khan, and Sophia … Continue reading Reflections on Religion News Association’s 2019 Conference

Christian Dominionism: A Beginner’s Guide to Terms and Context

At the encouragement of an anonymous colleague and friend, who has given me access to software that allows me to create infographics, I've been thinking about ways to put the software--Adioma--to good use. The first infographic I created features a set of six anti-proselytizing principles. I released it on Twitter, and I expanded on the … Continue reading Christian Dominionism: A Beginner’s Guide to Terms and Context

Epic Christian Fails: Southern Baptist Leader Plays Himself, or, an Excursion into the Curious Ways of the Respectable Evangelical

This month's #EpicChristianFails entry will take us on a journey into the natural habitat of that most genteel of all subspecies of evangelical, Christianus evangelicus respectabilis, the common name for which is the respectable evangelical. All members of this subspecies are, inexplicably, male. As with some species of Pokémon, however, there is an exclusively female … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: Southern Baptist Leader Plays Himself, or, an Excursion into the Curious Ways of the Respectable Evangelical

Empowerment against Evangelization: Countering Conversion Attempts by Asserting Moral Autonomy

Some Confessions of a Past Proselytizer I remember how stressful it was for me, as a child and young adult, to believe I "had to" attempt to convert others to Christianity--specifically the evangelical variety I grew up in, which those in my community took to be most authentic expression of the faith. As a result … Continue reading Empowerment against Evangelization: Countering Conversion Attempts by Asserting Moral Autonomy

Epic Christian Fails: “CHRIST” on a Pickup Truck! And Other Quotation Quandaries

What would be your first thought on seeing the word "CHRIST," in all caps and quotation marks, plastered across the rear windshield of a pickup truck? If your answer falls more along the lines of "Someone is apparently swearing at me" than "Jesus take the wheel" or "Would you have a moment to talk about … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: “CHRIST” on a Pickup Truck! And Other Quotation Quandaries

We are Not a Crisis: Lament the Problems of the Church If You Must, but Stop Erasing Ex-Evangelicals

Anyone other than an editor of a major centrist media outlet might have decided that in July 2019, the jeremiad-over-evanglelical-hypocrisy think piece should be considered passé. So of course Peter Wehner recently published just another such lament in The Atlantic. Don't get me wrong; I'd rather have pundits criticizing conservative, mostly white evangelicals for their hypocrisy … Continue reading We are Not a Crisis: Lament the Problems of the Church If You Must, but Stop Erasing Ex-Evangelicals

Epic Christian Fails: A Malefic Mix-Up

It's the end of the month, and you know what that means. It's time for this month's edition of #EpicChristianFails, in which Not Your Mission Field sifts through a month's worth of the always abundant examples of unintentionally amusing incompetence in Christian contexts and highlights one as the month's most "epic" Christian fail. In a first, … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: A Malefic Mix-Up

Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Writer and Former Minister Verdell A. Wright

As a trained theologian with degrees from the Howard School of Divinity and Wesley Theological Seminary, Verdell A. Wright is an atheist who knows the Bible well. In fact, while he enjoyed pursuing his theological education, he often found churches somewhat intellectually stifling. As he once remarked, "Depending on what church you’re going to, a … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Writer and Former Minister Verdell A. Wright