Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Places Sunday School Teacher on Administrative Leave

Hear, O, Wheaton College! … Good morning, class! I’m Pastor Pillow! That’s right, little Bobby. I’m your spiritual shepherd! What does that mean? It means I’m the person your mommy and daddy write big checks to every week to maintain their platinum-level parish membership. Actually, my official title is Cubic Zirconium Cathedral Ministries Chief Pastoral […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Pastor Pillow Pumps the Pentagon & Pens a Psalm

Hello, I’m Pastor Pillow! Sorry, usually I would pump the palm of everyone who writes hefty membership checks for Cubic Zirconium Cathedral Ministries, but I don’t want to upset my portrait painter, Alphonse.  I’m under strict orders not to move a single muscle—unless you count the 26 muscles it takes to smile and say, “Hallelujah!” And I’m […]

An Interview with Mark Sandlin, Co-Founder of The Christian Left

Mark Sandlin is an ordained minister living in North Carolina. Mark is a progressive Christian, a writer, a radio host, the co-founder of The Christian Left, and a man troubled by what he sees happening in America. I had the honor of speaking with Mark on Monday afternoon and we covered many topics. My first […]

“God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines: A Review

As one of fifty online writers chosen to review “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines prior to publication, I admit, I had some preconceptions. I thought I would be reading a book by a “progressive Christian,” that would agree with my own beliefs. Matthew Vines has not written that book. “God and the […]

What Every American Should Know about the Biblical Definition of Capitalism: Part I

Thoughts Concerning a ‘Biblical Definition of Capitalism,’ and the Millions of Deceived Christians Who Mistake Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations as a Long-Lost Pauline Epistle, and Who are Convinced that Karl Marx and Judas Iscariot Do the Watusi Nightly in Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, yet Who Think that the Holy Spirit was Just Playing […]

What the Hell is Christian Fundamentalism?

“When you say ‘radical right’ today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.” Barry Goldwater Washington Post, July 1994   If […]