I remember a lot of gaping, earnest love for George W. Bush among his supporters during the early years of his presidency. I remember an admiration for the man and his manners that fueled a kind of blind hope in America’s future. I remember being frightened and a little confused by all that Bush piety.Â
What I don’t remember is someone who played the role in that political culture that Jason Bateman plays in this video. Man, that guy makes me laugh. I get why people are making fun of this video, which was produced by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and which features Kutcher (the guy with this resume) pledging to be dignified. But you gotta hand it to them–Bateman totally goofed with his turn in front of the camera, and they kept him in. I mean, as Rod guffaws, this thing is jaw-droppingly earnest, but at least they allowed themselves to be leavened by Bateman. See his bit at 2:25, and forgive my adolescent sense of humor.
The Last Text Message Today is my last day with Beliefnet, and my last day as the author of this blog. The Text Messages archives will remain live at this location, but posting will cease. If that sounds gloomy, it's an accurate reflection of my mind this afternoon. I've chosen to pursue new opportunities, but I'm n
Quitting Church: A Q&A with Julia Duin Why do people stop going to church? This big question is the subject of Julia Duin's small book, Quitting Church: Why teh Faithful are Fleeing and What To Do About It. Duin is not a disinterested observer of the phenomenon of church-dropping; rather, she's a churchgoer who wants churches to work wel
Rob Stennett vs. Marilynne Robinson I'm overjoyed that my good friend Rob Stennett has won the Award of Merit from Christianity Today for his novel The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher. (Here's CT's review of the book.) Stennett's hilarious book is about a real estate agent who joins a suburban church in order to reach the Christian h
What is spiritual restoration? Slate asked for an essay on Ted Haggard's spiritual restoration. I'm okay with what I came up with for now, but the more I think about it, the more I think we need better thinking on what restoration looks like for very public, outspoken, influential men and women like Haggard:Most people who fail n
It's Not TV; it's Ted TV A blog might not be the best medium for an essay like this. But I want to offer some more considered thoughts on Ted Haggard and his HBO documentary; I hope this performs some kind of service in a story that I hope will end--in its public iteration--very soon. This was written as a stand-alone essay
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