#EpicChristianFails: “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 #EpicChristianFails: “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

Epic Christian Fails: Arky Arky Awkwardness

From presenting gladiatorial battles with dinosaurs as "historical fiction," to its dour loose canon of a president and CEO Ken Ham tweeting such gems as "When atheists use a 7 day [sic.] week, they are actually attesting to the truth of God's Word in Genesis," Answers in Genesis is a treasure trove of #EpicChristianFails. In fact, … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: Arky Arky Awkwardness

Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Author Linda Kay Klein

As the author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free (Atria Books, 2018), Linda Kay Klein is a woman who needs little introduction in exvangelical and adjacent circles. Linda and I were both featured in the 2018 CBS Religion documentary special Deconstructing My Religion, and and she … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Author Linda Kay Klein

Epic Christian Fails: The Cross and the Clitoris

Many churches and similar Christian organizations are not exactly known for their awareness of slang or their prowess in the field of design, but every now and again they manage to create something so painfully awful, and so profoundly oblivious, that it's worthy of a viral moment. Who could forget, for example, tunashamed? So now … Continue reading Epic Christian Fails: The Cross and the Clitoris

On the Conservative Movement and Evangelical Spin Doctoring: A Response to A. J. Nolte

The Big Picture: The Power of Denial in the Conservative Movement If there's one consistent thing that many #NeverTrump conservatives have tried to get the American public to believe, it's that the only problem in the conservative movement and the current iteration of the Republican Party is Donald J. Trump. If we could just get … Continue reading On the Conservative Movement and Evangelical Spin Doctoring: A Response to A. J. Nolte