Does Evangelicalism Make You A Better Person?

In a recent post about why Evangelical Christianity doesn’t make you a better person, Neil Carter wrote the following: Evangelical Christianity Has Messed Up Priorities The evangelical Christian vision of heaven is based on right belief, not on right behavior.  For evangelicals, it’s not the loving, caring, hard-working people of the world who get into [Read More...]

Jesus Burdens Our Religious Freedom

I think this political cartoon makes an excellent point. Various things may or may not be legal, but if one is a follower of Jesus, it can be argued that his teachings burden our religious freedom. To quote Paul, “All things are lawful – but not all things are beneficial.” Christians may have the right [Read More...]

I Will Still Serve You

From Redjaw Cartoons, via Zack Hunt on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Father Forgive Our Musicians

I laughed out loud when I saw the picture above, to which someone on Facebook had added a comment that this church clearly doesn’t think very highly of its worship musicians! [Read more...]

Are Your Religious Liberties Being Violated?

This chart is based on an article in the Huffington Post by Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ.  That article deserves to be circulated again in response to the recent laws purporting to defend “religious liberty” but in fact in at least some instances defending the right of people to justify infringing on the liberties of [Read More...]

Be Next, American Baptists

Scot McKnight shared the above infographic. American Baptists ought to have been at the forefront in the fight for marriage equality, given our history. Can we at least be next? Or, in keeping with Baptist principles, can we at least explicitly give each believer and each congregation the freedom to follow the dictates of their [Read More...]

Larry Berhrendt on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Larry Behrendt wrote the above words in a comment here on this blog, and I asked for permission to share them with a wider audience. His own blog post “Madness in Indiana” is also important, offering a careful reading of the law that many are discussing, but often in abstraction from the details of what [Read More...]

Churches: Safe Spaces or Self-Destructing Temples?

The above quote from Rachel Held Evans came to my attention soon after a New York Times article noted the misuse of “safe space” as an attempt to try to protect oneself in universities from uncomfortable ideas; and just before Andii Bowsher noted an article in the Telegraph about 38% of churchgoers keeping their liberal views on same-sex [Read More...]

Redeeming Gnosticism

There will be an interesting conference at Rice University this week: GNOSTIC COUNTERCULTURES: INTRIGUE AND TERROR (RICE UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON, 26-28 MARCH) Upcoming in Texas, a taste of something completely different: “Members of this congress will explore the Gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age, tracing the emergence, persistence, and [Read More...]

Right to Refuse Service

Indiana passed a so-called religious freedom bill, which actually protects the right of businesses to refuse service. On the one hand, we ought to be very concerned indeed when we consider that this same legislation could justify refusing to serve people based on race, as long as the racism is justified by a religious belief. It might ultimately [Read More...]

Transhumanism and the Church

Samford University will be hosting a conference on Transhumanism and Christianity. It will be in September, and the deadline for proposals in in May. Here is the call for papers: 2015 Conference: Transhumanism and the Church Samford University • Birmingham, AL • September 24-26, 2015 Transhumanism and the Church: Theological Reflections on Technology and Human Enhancement [Read More...]


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