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The Cult of Christian Celebrity

A snarky take on pastor worship

There is a toxic culture swirling around American Christianity. No, not that one. No, not that one either. Okay, fine. There’s a myriad of toxic issues with Christianity in America, and today we’re going to delve into the cult of Christian celebrity. It’s one of those silent faith-killers that most engage in but never realize it is happening. In the shallow end, it’s simply idolatry, but if we go a bit deeper, we’ll see it’s insidious nature of eroding faith and pushing it miles away from anything that has to do with Jesus. That’s no small problem.

From Steven Furtick to Judah Smith, these pop-theologians push their brand of faith to increase their market share and increase their own wealth. They are the boy-band versions of Christianity, all style and no substance. You might as well have Joey Fatone preaching.

You also have the Jim Bakker and Joel Osteen types who are more like the Home Shopping Network of Christian values. You can have Jesus all for the low, low price of $49.95.

Then, you have the ones like Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress who push their political agendas on their followers like Dick Cheney with a shotgun. They’re taking no prisoners and again, none of this has anything to do with Jesus.

It’s easy to blame the shepherds or charlatans (and we will on the show), but on some level, the congregations and followers also share an equal amount of blame as well. Following Jesus was never about safe spaces or comfort. It’s not about insulating yourself from culture. Jesus was about pushing boundaries pride and self-indulgence into a place of grace and humility.

Christianity in America is broken. There is a way out, but are we willing to take that path and step out of the cult of Christian celebrity to begin to think for ourselves and do the hard work of following after a wild and loving God? The choice is yours.

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Don’t Preach to Me

A snarky take on Christian charlatans

It’s always funny to see how easily faith can become so flexible when it comes to pushing forward a crooked agenda for power. Whether it’s defending your private jets or defending an indefensible President – it’s all sick, blind, twisted and evil. So here’s my new message to these Christian hacks: DON’T PREACH TO ME ANYMORE. You’ve lost all authority and credibility to do that. So just stop.

We’ll also hit on how Satanist use the conservative playbook to defend their own beliefs. What does any of this have to do with Jesus? Short answer: nothing, but this is the first time you’ll see me side with Satanists. Yeah, it’s just that batshit crazy.

American Christianity has moved so far from its roots that it no longer looks like it’s founder. It now has more in common with charlatans and lobbying groups than it does with Jesus Christ. Somethings that are broken and can’t be fixed.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Religion, Politics and the Johnson Amendment

A snarky take on the separation between church and state

A rundown of what you need to know about Trump’s mission to ‘destroy’ the Johnson Amendment. This Amendment regulates what tax-exempt organizations such as churches can do in the political arena. If you think that this issue all about freedom of religious speech, you’re wrong… it’s all about money and power. We’ve also got What’s Good // What’s Bad chronicling the interweb’s best and an interview from the Snarky Faith vaults with the great singer-songwriter, Gregory Alan Isakov.

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Unchained at Last

A not-so-snarky talk about about forced marriage in America today

Snarky Faith 2/28/17

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Join us for our conversation with activist and founder of Unchained at Last, Fraidy Reiss. Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained also is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to creating social, policy and legal change to end forced marriage in America. Fraidy has a powerful message about this unseen epidemic in America. We’ve also got What’s Good // What’s Bad chronicling the interweb’s best and worst of the week and a rant about Christians and boycotting.

Buckle up for a wild ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.



 

Crank Up the Hypocrisy

A snarky take on Christian hypocrisy

Snarky Faith 1/31/17

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A rundown of all you need to know about Christian hypocrisy in regards to Trump’s refugee ban. With theological hypocrisy wildly slapping about in a politically fueled haze, how people of faith should respond? We’ll delve into scripture for answers and fire a few warning shots at some of the culprits (*cough cough* Franklin Graham). Buckle your seat belts and crank up the hypocrisy… it’s going to be a fun ride. We’ve also got What’s Good? What’s Bad? chronicling the interweb’s best and worst of the week. Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Franklin Graham’s Rage

A snarky take on Franklin Graham and Christian rage.

Snarky Faith 6/7/16

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A rundown of the Franklin Graham and the Christian tradition of throwing temper tantrums. When rage is misdirected, it quickly becomes something that’s far from righteousness. Call it what you want, but some Christian leaders are in need of anger management and a hefty dose of humility.

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