A Year in Summary In the last year, I attended worship services in more than 50 different places. They ranged from a Spanish Roman Catholic service in Costa Rica, to a New York City Reform Jewish service sung primarily in … Continue reading The Year of Fifty Different Churches: Time to “Ask the Thoughtful Pastor”
Orthodoxy–authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice. Many claim it for themselves. But I ask: who really gets to own this word? Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote last year claiming “orthodoxy” for the conservative arm of the … Continue reading Who Owns the Title to Orthodoxy?
The Problem with Unity This past Sunday, while sitting in the Sunday morning session at the Unity Spiritual Center of Denton, I had a powerful flash of insight: This is the religious conservative’s worst nightmare and is one of the … Continue reading Unity: The Conservative’s Worst Nightmare or Our Best Hope?
Note: I have been doing “Mystery Worships” for the past year. I write these up for the Denton Record-Chronicle as their weekly religion column. While it has been fun and educational, it has also been a deeply troubling experience. The … Continue reading Mystery Worship That Fed My Parched Soul
Quick recap: The Village Church, led by the evangelical superstar Matt Chandler, put the wife of an admitted pedophile under church discipline when she arranged for the annulment of her unquestionably invalid marriage without first getting permission from the church … Continue reading The Village Church “Apology”
About a year ago, I wrote of the resignation of the cult leader, Bill Gothard, whose theology and practices have greatly influenced the now-destroyed Duggar family. According to news reports, the many girls violated by young Josh Duggar’s sexual experimentation were … Continue reading Duggar Family: Sexual Abuse Counseling Nightmare
Is there anyone who has not heard the sad and scandalous news about Josh Duggar of 19 Children and Counting fame? This 27 year old spokesman for the Family Research Council has now resigned from his post. The reality TV … Continue reading Sexuality and The Duggar Scandal
I sat in a giant, rich Baptist church on Sunday, and heard the pastor say, “Just trust me on this one,” as he pronounced with authority the demise of the US and the rise of the Antichrist over the issue of … Continue reading Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism
“Wow–Joel Osteen and The Summit in Houston have nothing on this place!” So my companion commented as we walked into the cavernous worship center of the main campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Tier after tier of green-cushioned pews, … Continue reading Mystery Worship: Fear and Tribulation Bring in Money and People at Prestonwood Baptist
I am reaching a point where I think Gutenberg did not do the world a favor. And for the second time in these months in the Mystery Worship mode, I walked about of a service and said, “I need a drink.” … Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses Mystery Worship: Mind Control Warning–Visitors Beware