Writing

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

First published in April, 2009. A few more jokes added since. As you may have heard, April is National Poetry Month, and as T. S. Eliot pointed out, it’s also the cruelest month. (Really? Well, April does have Tax Day, April Fool’s Day, chronic rainstorms… so, arguably yes, but on the other hand it’s not […]

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

From the files of things I’ve been doing lately, here’s one I’m especially happy with. For my day job — which, for those who don’t know, involves  web content and music for an African American Christian publisher — I  got to interview an extremely talented storyteller named Anita Singleton-Prather who’s created a fun series of […]

The Myth of the Weaker Vessel

The Myth of the Weaker Vessel

In response to a popular pastor’s perplexing pronouncement that “God has given Christianity a masculine feel,” Rachel Held Evans asked Christian men to write a blog post “that celebrates the importance of women in the Church.” Here’s mine. Lately, both from online creepers and respectable preachers, I’ve seen several comments that come back to one […]

If you can't beat 'em....

If you can’t beat ’em….

Slovakian violist Lukáš Kmit was performing a concert in an Orthodox synagogue in Presov when some [insert your own insulting noun]’s cell phone ringer went off. Although he was visibly annoyed, Kmit’s response was simultaneously classy and hilarious. Here’s the obligatory viral video: According to the videographer, “Lukas says that it is better to take incidents […]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” –Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 14:18–19) January […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Hey, everybody! It’s the last day of Kistchmas, so let’s play Holiday Mashup! Here’s how it works: You take the Nativity story and something else that’s nothing at all like the Nativity story, and you put them together and see what you get! Ready? Go!   The prophets fortell the chosen one Who makes my […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Welcome back to our annual celebration of Kitschmas! Today’s theme is: Nativity scenes made of things that should not be used to make Nativity scenes. Brace yourselves….   You never sausage a nativity! It’s made of bacon, yet it’s still in bad taste! (Sorry. I know that jokes that bad aren’t kosher.)   What child […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

A year or two ago at Kitschmastime, inspired by the Crescat, I delved into the world of tacky nativity scenes. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, like all bad ideas whose time has come, it turned out there was far too much material to use in one year. So, speaking of bad ideas, […]

Ashamed of the Gospel? <br/> A Case Study of Teen Mania and Works-Based Doctrine

Ashamed of the Gospel?
A Case Study of Teen Mania and Works-Based Doctrine

By Eric Pazdziora Note: This post was written in 2011. Since then, in what one Christian magazine fairly described as “a stunning fall,” Teen Mania Ministries has closed its doors permanently, following a precipitous loss of support amidst allegations of abuse and financial mismanagement. In a discussion with Teen Mania’s communications director a few years prior, she admitted that “enrollment […]