Recommended Read in the New York Times: ‘Christianity Will Have Power.’ A Look at Christian Nationalism, Donald Trump and White Evangelicals

Elizabeth Dias the religion correspondent at the New York Times had a ground breaking article on Christian nationalism and Donald Trump that was the top trending article on Twitter. The article looks at why evangelicals revere Donald Trump and feel he best represents their faith. This blog is going to do an in depth analysis of this article in the next couple of days.  Continue reading

A Look at the Troubling Purity Culture at the EFCA’s North Coast Church in Vista, California

North Coast Church is the largest EFCA church in California. Its in the San Diego area and out  of this church is hemorrhaging some disturbing stories of sexism, sexual predation, abuse, and cult like behavior. This blog which writes about the EFCA is going to begin to look at Larry Osborne’s North Coast Church in close detail. This first post is going to look at the purity culture that exists. For some your daughter’s worth is measured by a stick of used chewing gum. Continue reading

Hemant Mehta’s Ten Reasons Why People are Abandoning Christianity

Hemant Mehta published a video explaining why people are walking away from Christianity. Its a list of ten items that should come as no surprise. Many of these help explain why people have pushed back and walked away from faith. The one that should be on the list that is not is that Christianity does not provide a satisfactory answer to the problem of evil.  Continue reading

When Religion is so Suffocating and Controlling that the Healthy Option is to Leave

Religion is often described as an affirming belief system that helps people in their life. The question must be asked, what do you do when it is controlling, destructive and harmful? Some of this I learned in a faith crisis years ago. But what do you do when religion harms and leaves hubris? For your mental and physical health you leave and walk away.   Continue reading

From Mark Driscoll to Jerry Falwell Jr. Why the Explicit Sex Talk? Are a Number of Evangelical Leaders Sociopaths?

A number of celebrity evangelical leaders have said some disturbing things about sex from their platforms. Mark Driscoll taught that women are penis homes and preached about the Biblical basis for blow jobs. C.J. Mahaney boasted of demanding sex from his pregnant wife who was vomiting. Now according to Politico comes Jerry Falwell Jr who boasts about the size of his penis and how his wife Becki can’t handle it. Why all the crude talk? Are we dealing with sociopaths in the end who just want to control people? Continue reading