Writings about faith and culture from Memphis, TN. “That relentless, tall guy.”

Some were paradigm-shifting, others were uplifting

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I set out to read six books this year. Between running a nonprofit, family, and settling into a new church home, I wanted to avoid being overly ambitious.

I ended up reading thirteen books. Many are theological or critically examine American Christian culture and history. One of my favorite things…

A conversation about how faith informs our perspective and unites people from various backgrounds

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bishop Phoebe Roaf of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee for a wide-ranging conversation about work in Sudan, how church teaching and culture impacts us in ways we don’t understand, the shattering of American evangelicalism, and more.

You can listen to…

Baylor historian Beth Allison Barr just gave a master class in how to respond to the intransigence of American evangelical gatekeepers

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Over the past few days, an Anxious Bench article by Baylor Professor of History Beth Allison Barr has been circulating online. As a post-evangelical Christian, it’s been fascinating to see the impact it’s having on people who are struggling with white American evangelicalism from inside this subculture.

While the substance…

New data from Pew and PRRI is deeply alarming

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Most weeks, I hear from readers who share the pain they are experiencing after leaving their evangelical church of many years. I usually read their stories of being abused by an authoritarian leader and gaslighted by fellow congregants and find myself sympathizing. Sometimes hearing yourself share experiences out loud is…

Healthcare professionals threatened with violence as COVID-19 spreads and political extremism worsens

Screenshot from a video of a school board meeting that almost turned violent.

Like many others who live in Tennessee, I woke up this morning to a video of a school board meeting in Franklin, one of the wealthiest and most affluent communities in our state. The video showed a mob that was on the verge of losing control.

Only moments before, school…

Mark Hackett

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