Tara Isabella Burton Reviews *The Trump Prophecy*

  Some of you may recall our posts about The Trump Prophecy, an evangelical movie about a fireman who prophesied the election of Donald Trump.  Students at Liberty University produced the film. VOX reporter Tara Isabella Burton saw the movie.  Here is a taste of her review: But The Trump Prophecy is more than a feel-good, low-budget movie. It’s … Continue reading Tara Isabella Burton Reviews *The Trump Prophecy*

Not All Liberty University Students are Happy about the “Trump Prophecies” Film

You are a film program at a university that aspires to be the “evangelical Notre Dame.”  You want to show that evangelical Christians can make high-quality films on subjects that will reach a wide audience or perhaps serve the common good.  You want your program to be respected in the film industry. What do you … Continue reading Not All Liberty University Students are Happy about the “Trump Prophecies” Film

Liberty University Cinema Department is Producing a Feature Film on a Fireman Who Prophesied the Election of Donald Trump

Read all about it in Sam Smith’s article at The Christian Post.  Smith interviewed me for the piece: John Fea, a professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, who has been critical of prophetic claims pertaining to Trump, told CP that Taylor is just one of several Pentecostal “prophets” who claim to have predicted … Continue reading Liberty University Cinema Department is Producing a Feature Film on a Fireman Who Prophesied the Election of Donald Trump

Trump, Evangelicals, and the Jerusalem Embassy: The Slacktivist Roundup

If want to get up to speed on the relationship between dispensational theology and evangelical support for Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem, check out Fred Clark’s roundup of news and opinion stories at Slacktivist.  Here is a taste: The dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is viewed by Rapture Christians as an important step toward … Continue reading Trump, Evangelicals, and the Jerusalem Embassy: The Slacktivist Roundup

Why are White Evangelicals Ambivalent About Refugees and Migrants?

Over at VOX, Tara Isabella Burton tackles this issue.  She wonders why so many evangelical leaders reject anti-immigration rhetoric and so many of their followers embrace it. Here is a taste: From his dismissal of “shithole countries” to his attempts to institute a “Muslim travel ban,” from his incendiary rhetoric about Mexican immigrants being rapists and criminals, to … Continue reading Why are White Evangelicals Ambivalent About Refugees and Migrants?

Robert Jeffress, Dispensationalism, and the American Embassy in Jerusalem

This morning court evangelical Robert Jeffress appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about Monday’s opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem.  Jeffress will say a public prayer at the event. I watched Jeffress’s appearance on Fox and Friends and it led me to embark on a small Twitter rant.  Here it is: 1/Let’s be … Continue reading Robert Jeffress, Dispensationalism, and the American Embassy in Jerusalem

What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998

I am guessing a lot of my readers have never heard of Wayne Grudem.  He is an evangelical theologian and the author of a very popular one-volume treatment of evangelical systematic theology. He is also well-known within evangelical circles for defending a “complementarian” view of gender roles in the church and society. Grudem is the … Continue reading What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998

Stanley Hauerwas’s Advice to Young Christians on Their Way to College

I read this piece when it first appeared in 2010, but I read it again this morning with new eyes. (Thanks for calling it to my attention Marti Eads!) Hauerwas’s open letter to Christian young people heading to college is worth reading in light of the conversation taking place here and at The Pietist Schoolman … Continue reading Stanley Hauerwas’s Advice to Young Christians on Their Way to College

What Happens When the World DOESN’T End on May 21, 2011?

Tom Bartlett, writing at “Religion Dispatches,” tells the story of people who believed that the world was going to end on May 21, 2011. What are they doing now?  What happens when prophecy fails?  Can we learn anything from the Millerites? Bartlett writes: But I wanted to know what happens next. If you’re absolutely sure … Continue reading What Happens When the World DOESN’T End on May 21, 2011?