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An Evangelical Changing of the Guard?

This post originally appeared at Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. At about the same time that President Barack Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, and …

Movies, Money and Morality

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. When I was a kid the Movieguide newsletter would arrive and, if I was quick enough, I …

Megachurch and Microscoop: Beyond the Crystal Cathedral

This post originally appeared at Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. The Crystal Cathedral has finally met its demise. After bankruptcy, the sale of the landmark sanctuary to …

Black History Month: Looking Foward, Looking Back

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. At the beginning of Black History month we were greeted with tragic news: Don Cornelius, the founder …

Who’s Leading the Evangelical (Super) Pack?

This post originally appeared on¬†Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. In an effort to rally evangelical support for one Republican candidate in the upcoming South Carolina primary — …

Nothing Sparks a Movement Like an Adversary (and Some Bad PR)

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. When TLC first aired “All-American Muslim,” the show met with some harsh criticism from within the Muslim …

The Evangelical 99 Percent

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Last week I spent a day at the annual Evangelical Theological Society¬†meetings in San Francisco. My entree …

End Times, Part Deux

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. It’s about that time again. Not for a new social-protest movement to pop up, or for someone …

Religion and Politics, by the Numbers

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion blog. The great American political experiment has passed many milestones along the path toward a more inclusive society. …

Mega Crystal Cathedral Meltdown Redux

This post originally appeared at Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. The past tumultuous few years for the Crystal Cathedral have included the retirement (and un-retirement, then subsequent …

The End of the (Evangelical) World As We Know It

This post originally appeared at Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Several recent reports suggest that the evangelical Christian world, as we have come to know it over …

Homeboy, Bieber and the Brand-value of God

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. A few weeks ago I walked into my hometown Ralph’s grocery store in a suburb of Los …

The New Politics of Fear

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Although there are still some lingering questions from last November about the role that values-voters played in …

Will Thune Enrapture the “Left Behind” Crowd?

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. With the recent midterm election now behind us, reporters are beginning to speculate about potential Republican challengers …

The Pope on Condoms: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Many theologians, reporters and devout Catholics uttered a collective “whaaat?!?” when the Holy See announced that condoms …

Was There a Values Vote?

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion blog. What is particularly striking in the aftermath of Tuesday’s historic election is that there is no consistent …

Whom You Do vs. What You Do

This post originally appeared at Trans/missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. With an important election looming, our constantly simmering political contest over “values” is once again at full …

I’m Out of Here, For Christ’s Sake

This post was originally published on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. The sky is falling and apparently it’s taking organized religion with it. That’s the take-away message …

Dynasty? Passing the Ministry to the Next Generation of Schullers

This post originally appeared at Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. The recent retirement, then non-retirement, of famed Crystal Cathedral and “possibility thinking” pastor Robert Schuller, was reported …

My iPhone is My Co-Pilot

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. The only thing Americans seem to like more than the culture war is trying to make money …