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Zach J. Hoag
Zach J. Hoag is a writer, preacher, content-creator, and binge-watcher who lives on the Maine coast. He’s the author of Nothing but the Blood: The Gospel According to Dexter and he blogs at

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Entries by Zach J. Hoag

Stop Talking About Women in Ministry

(9) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:43 PM


We need to stop talking about women in ministry.

Really, we do.

Because every time we, men, talk about women in ministry we, perhaps inadvertently, place ourselves in the center of the conversation.

We essentially communicate that we, men, are the...

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The Redemption of Don Draper

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:14 PM

(This piece comes via the Religion News Service)

(RNS) In Sunday's finale of the critically acclaimed AMC series "Mad Men," Don Draper calls Peggy Olson collect from a pay phone in California.

"I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man's name and made...

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Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:58 PM


Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism, to doubt, to church planting, to the Episcopal church....

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Here's Why Local Faith Leaders Should Pledge to Think Globally in 2015 and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:07 AM


In life and in ministry I've always held to a strong belief that we need to act locally -- to put feet to our gospel and do the hard work of finding and meeting the deepest needs in our congregations and communities.


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EXCLUSIVE: An Amazing Genealogy of Jesus Infographic (and What It Means for XMas)

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Jeffrey Kranz is a writer, designer, and consultant at, and he's created a pretty amazing infographic of the genealogy of Jesus, with an emphasis on bringing together the Messiah's human and divine origins. Most of us are aware that the...

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Love Fierce As the Grave... and Better Than Death With Dignity

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. -- Song 8:6
In my mid-twenties, fairly newly married, I became somewhat passionate about the passion in the Song of Songs. My pentecostal/charismatic upbringing either...
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Divine Wife-Beating and Three Things God's Wrath Cannot Be

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:57 PM

John Piper needs new PR.

Especially on social media. For all of his intelligence, and apparent earnestness, he has a tendency to type out some pretty horrendous metaphors and some appalling 140-character verse. Like this beauty the other day:

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Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd Is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:58 AM


This post originally appeared on The Nuance at Patheos.

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger...

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The Acts 29 Church Network Removes Their Founder Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:45 PM


This is the biggest official consequence to come to Mark Driscoll for his years of ministry abuse.

Acts 29, the international church planting network that Driscoll co-founded and of which he and Mars Hill were a part up until...

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'Noah' and the Boring Fundamentalism of Hollywood Bible Movies

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:25 PM


Sometimes evangelical Christians make movies.

And usually they are horrible.

They are marked by an agenda - to evangelize the viewer - which leads to inane, superficial art. The themes are poorly executed and overwrought. Instead of life imitated in inspiring...

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3 Ways LGBT Christians Are Blessing the Church

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:39 PM

We are a people prone to polarization.

Ideologies -- opinions mixed with certainty divorced from relationship and reality -- help us to create all kinds of "others" and "thems" to justify ourselves and our...

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How (Not) to Speak of Mark Driscoll

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:06 AM

But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent - not to exaggerate it - to all of you. This punishment by the majority is...

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3 Reasons the Church of England Decision Is Right on Time

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:49 PM

On Monday, the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops of the Church after years of debate and division.

And almost immediately, commentators began to complain.

The complaints generally came in one of two forms....

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Whirlwinds and Seeking Signs: The Bankruptcy of Science and Religion

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:25 AM

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge. Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

"Where were you when I...

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Rape Culture, Bob Jones University and the End of Forgiveness

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:04 AM

After spending the first half of my life in the church, I've come to the conclusion that evangelical culture is largely dysfunctional in its understanding of "forgiveness." And nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the recent report by Al Jazeera America on Bob Jones University.

BJU is...

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Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord

(6) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 3:35 PM


This post first appeared at A Deeper Story.

I'm not a super disciplined person.

But recently I've taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I'm quite excited about it. At night, when the rest of the family is in bed, I...

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Al Mohler Is Right About Yoga (and It Doesn't Matter)

(10) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:15 PM

On a recent podcast, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler enlisted the research and expertise of Candy Gunther Brown to prove that he is, in fact, right about yoga.

And guess what?

He is.

If you're shocked that I would say such a thing, on the Patheos...

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Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

(61) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:51 PM

This article first appeared at The Nuance on Patheos.

I am a Christian.

I love Christians.

I have great hope for the Christian church.

But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me. And that is the...

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Jesus Is Dying to Be Inclusive, So Why Aren't We?

(32) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:11 PM

This post originally appeared on The Nuance at Patheos.

It's Good Friday, and lots of Christians are reflecting on the single most defining truth in our faith-story.

That Jesus died for our sins according to...

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How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

(32) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:58 PM

This post originally appeared at The Nuance on Patheos.

As Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition and the excommunication-by-farewell trend have made clear, evangelical has become code for a couple Utterly Important Things:

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