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A bank full of beggars

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 …

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Peace with Graham

Billy Graham is shown in this black and white image as he speaks.

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 …

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Exvangelical: Peeps just in time for Easter

Three rows of Peeps marshmallow treats are shown in pink, yellow, and blue.

In 1953, Russian immigrant Sam Born purchased the Rodda Candy Company and promptly replaced the handcrafted marshmallow chick line with the cold mechanization of mass production to make Peeps. What was once the work of …

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Profundity and Absurdity

The black and white image shows the outdoor proceedings of the Scopes trial with multiple men dressed in white dress shirts.

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 …

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Exvangelical: Are we the good guys?

Ralph Macchio and Mary Mouser from The series Cobra Kai stand talking by a car in a screen capture.

“I thought we were the good guys.” Samantha Laruso (Mary Mouser) shares her disillusionment with her dad, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) in the first episode of season three of the Netflix series Cobra Kai. Her hopes …

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