“St. Lawrence Distributing the Riches of the Church”, Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1625 The Parcast Network’s Conspiracy Theories podcast recently did a four-episode deep dive into the supposed mysteries of the Vatican. While some parts were interesting and some were just silly, it opened with what I thought was an odd

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Billy Graham One of my pastors offered a humorous shorthand for dealing with the complexities of defining American evangelicalism when I was a teenager. He repeated the joke, popular at the time, that an evangelical was anyone who liked Billy Graham. The corollaries to this statement helped sort “liberals” and

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This is, in my mind, a fantastic example of art in the church. Photo by Pamela Reynoso This cathedral is alive with art, and it’s not seen in just the permanent fixtures. I wanted to share these photos because I felt they tied in quite well with my essay about

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To be honest, the title of this blog post pretty much describes how I feel being an artist within the evangelical church. In my experience, artists tend to live on the fringes of societal norms due in part to seeing the world in a different way but when you add

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Title: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted A Faith and Fractured A Nation Author: Kristin Kobes Du Mez Publisher: Liveright Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted A Faith and Fractured A Nation begins on sacred ground for all daughters and sons of

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In a sermon, the pastor at our church said, “Any idiot can tear down.” He then went on to discuss criticism and being critical. Certainly, there is a great deal of truth in what he said. We all know people who are really negative and who just tear everything down.

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This essay is from our Anastasis Series where we resurrect articles from the past that are either still relevant today or can be easily updated. This piece, first published in May 2013 as a series of six. The six different pieces have been combined into a single essay, edited, and

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Yesterday afternoon Minneapolis announced a verdict that had millions of us holding our breath. It was followed by possibly the largest sigh of relief so far in a tense 2021. Among the relieved, there is a near-unanimous sentiment that this is only the beginning. For the next step, it seems

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Beth Moore’s departure from the Southern Baptist Convention has captured a great deal of attention. Rightly so from one perspective. Moore built a devoted following over the course of forty years teaching the Bible at a level accessible to lay people. Women, in particular, gravitated to a voice that understood

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Editor’s Note: The term exvangelical has come into vogue recently as more people deconstruct (another trending word) their faith. All the Faith on View authors come from evangelical movements either, Baptist or Pentecostal, and all still hold their faith deeply. Yet, they have differing perspectives on the term of exvangelical,

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The two aging gladiators met on a makeshift wooden platform outside the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, TN. The most famous courtroom scene in American history did not even take place in a courtroom. The date was July 20, 1925, and the witness was William Jennings Bryan. Bryan enjoyed a

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Editor’s Note: The term exvangelical has come into vogue recently as more people deconstruct (another trending word) their faith. All the Faith on View authors come from evangelical movements either, Baptist or Pentecostal, and all still hold their faith deeply. Yet, they have differing perspectives on the term of exvangelical,

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Coming of age in the 1980’s, I was the poster child for American Evangelicalism at every intersection of its emerging influence, including politics and entertainment. Rush Limbaugh provided my political education and Carman (Carmelo Domenic Licciardello) provided the soundtrack. Both of these iconic figures died within a day of each

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