When you can’t outrun your past, one option is to face it with your own poetics. That’s the approach King Woman front woman Kris Esfandiari takes when confronting the Biblical archetypes branded on her psyche while coming of age in a Charismatic Christian family that practiced speaking in tongues and at-home exorcisms. On Celestial Blues, […]
Jessica Hopper’s deep and dark profile of David Bazan.
“Humans don’t know shit from shit in the grand scheme of things,” Kelly Baron says.
“You cannot worship a refugee on the run on Sunday and lock out refugees on Monday,” Jackson said.
The Testament of Mary finds a mother of God filled with fury and heartbreak
This week’s Chicagoan is Derrick B. Wells, pastor and senior minister at Christ Universal Temple.
In “Confession,” artist and architect Richard Gibbons gives voice to a lifelong struggle with Catholicism.
Silk Road Rising’s play in progress, “Mosque Alert,” crowdsources controversy.
The second part of an interview with the writer-producer of The Other Side of the Mountain, which screened in Chicago last weekend
Chicagoans recommend Christopher Hitchens, Benny the Bull, and Purple Rain.
What’s in the December 8, 2011, issue of the Reader.
Time asked an interesting question on last week’s cover: “What if there’s no hell?” Was this supposed to be one more thing to worry about? Easter is when the press gets metaphysical, finding matters to meditate on that we usually won’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Like a royal wedding, it’s an indulgence, and I’m […]
Not that I’m blaming this Mr. Bazan for holding this view. He comes from a fiery Pentecostal background and that’s clearly the picture of God that he’s angry at. My pastor friend reflects on David Bazan. I also recommend his state and local political predictions.
At the Cornerstone Christian rock festival, a fallen evangelical returns to sing about why he broke up with God.
If you found yourself a bit surprised at Dan Savage’s vehemence in the most recent Savage Love*, I’d recommend my friend Ben’s (a Lutheran pastor and longtime Savage Love reader) posts on the history of Christian sexual morality and Christian intolerance vs. atheist intolerance. Good, thoughtful stuff.