The COVID-19 Pandemic is an Apocalyptic Event. Just Not in the Way You Think.

The word “apocalypse” conjures up images of burning buildings, panicked masses, and the end of the world. This isn’t a particularly new development. Since the beginning of time, people have been preparing for the end of time. Volcano eruptions, meteor showers, and virulent plagues were all once perceived as harbingers of Armageddon. But, in the…

The Great Oil Scheme: How Bad Science and Predatory Tactics Created a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

With flu season ramping up in the United States and fears of a deadly novel-Coronavirus spreading in mainland China, health-related paranoia and delirium in the United States are at an all-time high. For a particular subset of the American population, the solution (and remedy) is obvious: Essential Oils. Derived from the distillation of specific plants,…

Slayed in the Spirit: The Rise and Legacy of Christian Supernaturalism

On December 14, 2019, two-year-old Olive Heiligenthal passed away in her sleep. Olive's mother, Kalley Heiligenthal, is a worship leader at Bethel Church, a charismatic megachurch based in Redding, California. Following an impassioned worship service the next morning, Heiligenthal took to Instagram and called on the "global church to stand with us in belief that…

Life in Technicolor: Gay Christians and the Future of Grace

According to a 2013 Pew Research Survey, 73% of LGBTQ Americans believe evangelical churches are unfriendly toward their communities. And, to be honest, who can blame them? In 2004, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a margin of 60% to 31%. By 2019, the margin has flipped - 31% of Americans oppose same-sex marriage, while 61% support…

Life in Technicolor: Gay Christians and the Bible

A few weeks ago, an older acquaintance shared a post on Facebook that read, "God is not going to rewrite the Bible for your generation. His Word remains the same forever and always!" I understand the sentiment. I was raised in a "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it" culture of evangelical…

Life in Technicolor: Gay Christians and the Church

Born in East Texas and raised as a Southern Baptist, I'd only heard one side of the story. If you came out to me as gay, I would've told you that while God loves and accepts you, but He doesn't want you to be in a same-sex relationship. Love the sinner, hate the sin, you…