The Celebrity Pastor Issue

Two “celebrity” pastors hit the religion news in the last week. One is internationally known for hate speech and representing an angry God and leads a small church of about 100 people, primarily family. The other is also internationally known for hate speech–the angry prophet representing the angry God–and leads a multi-site church with at…

Mark Driscoll and the Art of Unrepentant Repentance

I’ve had a real problem with mega-celebrity, bad-boy, foul-mouthed, plagiarist-publicity-seeking, sex-obsessed, females-better-submit-or-else, God-is-going-to-send-pretty-well-everyone-to-hell* pastor Mark Driscoll for a long, long time. Yes, his church(s) in Seattle have seen significant growth, and if “growth-in-numbers” equals “God-must-like-him-better” theology, then anything I have to say would have to be interpreted as sour grapes. OK, lots of hyphenated words…

Second Weekend in London: Plays, Parties and Politics

The Theater London is known for its theater, so Friday night, Jonathan, Adriana and I decided we’d indulge. Adriana and I dropped the boys at her sister’s where they would spend the night and hopped a train and tube to Jonathan’s office, right off St. James Park in the heart of London. As we emerged…