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Zack Hunt is a writer, blogger, and speaker living in Bristol, CT. A recent graduate of Yale Divinity School, he blogs at ZackHunt.net, a site dedicated to all the silly, absurd, serious, crazy, depressing, hopeful, tragic, and strange things that make up the phenomenon that is American Christianity.

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Did God Give Me Cancer?

(85) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 3:10 PM

You know, if I had known just how terrible chemotherapy would be, I never would have gotten cancer in in the first place.

(It's ok to laugh. That was a joke.)

But the amount of love and support, encouragement and prayers from friends and loved ones, long lost acquaintances and...

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The Church Owes Planned Parenthood an Apology

(84) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:46 PM

Last summer, Christianity Today columnist and church statistic aficionado Ed Stetzer wrote a fantastic article about the Church's embarrassing tendency to share fake news stories online.

It was an incredibly timely and important reminder of the need to do due diligence (or at the very least, check out...

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Has Ted Cruz Ever Actually Read the Bible?

(71) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 3:29 PM

I have no idea who I'm going to vote for in November.

I mean, should he win his party's nomination, I obviously won't be voting for Donald Trump because I have a soul and I believe in things like human decency and the crazy notion that racism and bigotry aren't...

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Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

(483) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:14 PM

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christianity in America.

According to the report, Millennials are leaving the Church in droves and, the theory went, if the next generation isn't there to fill...

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The War On Christmas Is Real and It's Being Waged by Christians

(158) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 11:39 AM

The Christmas warriors have officially jumped the shark.

In a bizarre, disturbing (who brags about sneaking a gun into a coffee shop??), and lie filled rant (no, Starbucks wasn't mad and no, they didn't hate what happened), self-appointed religious watchdog Joshua Feuerstein decided to lob the latest volley in the...

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The Biblical Problem With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

(893) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 11:08 AM

You may have heard that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional a couple of months ago.

I believe at least a couple of news outlets reported on it.

Well, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis definitely heard the news and she wasn't happy about. However, unlike many of her...

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The Duggars Have a Lot to Teach the Church About Islam

(242) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Last Friday, I was part of a roundtable on HuffPost Live.

My 15 minutes of not-even-close-to-fame on almost TV were fun, even though I was cut off from finishing a thought by another panelist who I actually agreed with and...well...it doesn't matter.

During the segment, the host asked me if...

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If You Love the Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That to You?

(8) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:17 PM

News broke two weeks ago about terrible things taking place in the ostensibly holy Duggar household.

Last week, Vanity Fair introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the world.

The response of many Christians to these two events -- one a crime, the other an act of liberation -- couldn't be more different.

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Where's My Pile of Stones?

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:27 PM

When I first heard the terrible news about Josh Duggar, my first reaction was, "Whoa, I did not see that coming."

I mean, sure, like any family in the spotlight long enough, you expect a few skeletons to eventually make their way out of the closet, but whoa.

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Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:45 AM

There's a blog post you might have seen that has unfortunately been popping up in my Facebook newsfeed the past couple of days.

It's entitled "Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins" and it's the typical sort of fare you might expect from a site like Desiring God:...

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What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:58 PM

As I write this post, there is a full blown crisis exploding across my denomination.

It's one of integrity and transparency.

Of who we are and we who we are going to be.

From the murky (near) closing of our publishing house and a federal investigation...

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The Scandal of Good Friday

(73) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Standing on this side of Chalcedon, we Christians take it for granted that Jesus is "truly God and truly man." But in the earliest days of the Church, there was a lot of debate about who it was that walked across the Sea of Galilee and hung from...

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Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

(117) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim.

Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands.

Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

From Facebook to cable news to talk...

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Terrorists, Thugs and the King of the Jews

(26) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:55 PM

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post on what I called "the zombification of America."

It was about how we strip our enemies of their humanity in order to feel justified treating them however we see fit.

I argued that rather than going through all...

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The Conspicuous Absence of Biblical Values in the Immigration Debate

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:54 PM

On Thursday night, President Obama announced a new approach to immigration in which the government will go after "felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who's working hard to provide for her kids."

Since then, my Facebook feed has predictably been filling up with outrage. It's...

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The Day Jesus Redefined Marriage

(10) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:21 PM

This week in Nashville, folks from the Southern Baptist Convention gathered for the 2014 Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission National Conference.

To be honest, I didn't know a thing about it and probably would have gone on living in blissful ignorance if #ERLC2014 wasn't popping up all over Twitter. So,...

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Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

(1012) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:36 PM

I'm sorry Left Behind fans.

But, there is no such thing as the rapture.

Of course, you couldn't tell me this when I was in high school because I was head over heals in love with biblical prophecy. Nothing else mattered. I was utterly convinced that the book of Revelation...

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12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

(54) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Biblical principles seem to be all the rage today.

By which I mean people seem to be raging about them all the time.

From the Hobby Lobby case to same-sex marriage to the wave of child immigrants to the age old debate over the role of women in the church,...

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New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

(50) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Last week was a bad week.

Not just for World Vision, but for the church.

The zeal with which so many Christians abandoned their sponsored children in the name of theological purity wasn't just embarrassing; it was repugnant and exposed the hate of so many that for so long has...

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What If Jesus Had Been More Like the Arizona House of Representatives?

(32) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 6:32 PM

By now you've probably heard that the Arizona House of Representatives voted 33-27 in support of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers if serving them offends their sincerely held religious beliefs -- "religious beliefs" being code for the Christian faith, in this case....

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