Why We Better Call Saul

The series “Better Call Saul” wraps this week on AMC. Over the last 6 seasons “Better Call Saul”—with its tale of Jimmy McGill turned con-man lawyer Saul Goodman—took on a life of its own. It was more than a spin off of the original “Breaking Bad”. It steps out from the shadow of Walter WhiteContinue reading “Why We Better Call Saul”

Evangelical: Leave It or Love It?

There’s not one verse in the Bible where God says to the church: “and you shall call yourselves, “evangelicals”. Not one. There’s not even a verse for “Christian”. That ancient label was something given to followers of Jesus by their neighbors. (Acts 11.26) This should at least give us pause as we consider what itContinue reading “Evangelical: Leave It or Love It?”

Jesus & Jedi Master

One of my favorite places at Walt Disney World is the Sci-Fi diner. In true Disney fashion, the restaurant is themed like you’re outside. You walk in, and suddenly you’re under the stars, sitting in fin-swept neon cars— at a drive-in movie theater in the Fifties. Your table is your car. And you watch theseContinue reading “Jesus & Jedi Master”

Spilling The Tea On Evangelicalism

I’ve been wanting to write this article for awhile. There’s something about tea that makes for a really good analogy to explain the wild theological ethics coming out of American evangelicalism over issues likes race, gender, politics, and public health. First things first: Brits like their tea. The British commitment to tea impacts the wayContinue reading “Spilling The Tea On Evangelicalism”

The Moral Problem Of Seeing Nazi Germany Everywhere

The Third Reich is everywhere in today’s political pandemic rhetoric. This rhetoric warns that the pandemic is turning America into Hitler’s Germany. A constant comparison to Nazi Germany is a dangerous theological ethical move, not because the Holocaust didn’t happen, but precisely because it did. Today we are more influenced by Hollywood in our moralContinue reading “The Moral Problem Of Seeing Nazi Germany Everywhere”

Masks, Tyranny, and Our Evangelical Inheritance

Why do some white American evangelicals default to tyranny when it comes to masks, and not responsibility to our neighbor? Why, in these churches, is racism a spiritual issue only, not physical & systemic? Both point to the Christianity we’ve inherited. Today, pockets of US evangelicalism label health directives as tyrannical, racism as solely spiritual,Continue reading “Masks, Tyranny, and Our Evangelical Inheritance”

Our Evangelical Betrayal

Recently, I watched Netflix’s 2019 film, The King. The film depicts English King Henry V’s victory over the French in the Battle of Agincourt. It all happened 606 years ago today, October 25th, 1415. What I didn’t expect was the end of the film. It brilliantly illustrates a challenge that continues to derail US EvangelicalsContinue reading “Our Evangelical Betrayal”

Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism

I still believe the best days for Evangelicalism are ahead, not behind. But I say this well aware that Evangelicalism in the United States is experiencing a multi-faceted crisis of identity. We cannot reduce God to a movement, but our attempts to do just that are being exposed in the current crisis. So let’s beContinue reading “Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism”

A Modern Parable for American Evangelicalism

The sports world is still talking about the second title fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in 1965. In all this, I believe, is a parable of modern American evangelicalism. We are throwing the fight of our generation, choosing power over Christ, and the world can tell. Neil Leifer famously captured Ali, standing overContinue reading “A Modern Parable for American Evangelicalism”

Not So Biblical Manhood

The popular evangelical vision of Biblical manhood is not as Biblical as it might appear. Before I stepped away from pastoring in American evangelical spaces, it wasn’t uncommon to hear manhood attached to cultural expressions (hunting, guns, emotional suppression) and yet it was always cast as “Biblical”. But the vision sure is lucrative. From studiesContinue reading “Not So Biblical Manhood”