Evangelicals for King Donald

We still buy the line that the hard core of the Christian right is just an interest group working to protect its values. But what we don’t get is that Mr. Trump’s supposedly anti-Christian attributes and anti-democratic attributes are a vital part of his attraction. • Katherine Stewart, Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus •Continue reading “Evangelicals for King Donald”

Bad Press: The Circus Goes On

Christians, we can’t hide any more. In this day when there are few secrets, and what secrets there may be are only one social media post away from the light of day, it’s time for Christians, churches, and Christian organizations to get their act together. Forget the mostly bogus complaints about “persecution” and loss ofContinue reading “Bad Press: The Circus Goes On”

Tell me you didn’t see this coming

Few things in life are as utterly predictable as the evangelical circus, as some pieces I read this week show. The phoenix rises Everybody’s favorite preacher boy and ringmaster is back. According to the seattlepi blog: Former Mars Hill Church senior pastor Mark Driscoll has filed incorporation papers in Phoenix for a new entity calledContinue reading “Tell me you didn’t see this coming”

Circus Notes from C.P.

One of my favorite places on the web to find (unintentional) humor is The Christian Post. It is the quintessential source for “news” emerging from the evangelical circus. Here are a few of the headlines and stories they have run recently that have made me laugh, scratch my head, and/or say “What?!”: My favorite headline:Continue reading “Circus Notes from C.P.”

Holy Week Hijinks…and Worse

Why is it that Holy Week seems to bring out the worst in American church culture? Ministries and church leaders that call anathemas down on venerable traditions that have stood the test of time and kept the faith alive throughout Church history have no problem adopting the cheesiest and most insubstantial gimmicks to get peopleContinue reading “Holy Week Hijinks…and Worse”

They’re Not All Clowns

Update: Thanks to all who pointed out that Michael Spencer, the original Internet Monk, came up with the phrase “evangelical circus.” Credit duly noted. I don’t know who first came up with the phrase “evangelical circus” here at the iMonastery. It was either Chaplain Mike or myself, but we both use it frequently to describeContinue reading “They’re Not All Clowns”

Stories of Circus Acts Past

I am making an effort to read more Christian history this year. Right now I am working through Diarmaid MacCulloch’s impressive Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. On Friday, I will post the first in a series of articles on “God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House,” working our way through the long and complex story ofContinue reading “Stories of Circus Acts Past”