Christmas and Religious Freedom

Jim West shared this cartoon (for what reason I will not speculate): I find the cartoon bizarre. I don't think that whoever made it has any concept of either the setting into which Jesus was born or how religious freedom is safeguarded in the United States in ways that were unimagined then. Back then, there [Read More...]

I Don’t Care What Jim West Calls Himself, He Isn’t A Baptist in Any Meaningful Sense of the Word

Jim West has taken it upon himself to try to define away the status of the First Baptist Church of Seattle as a Baptist church. Jim considers their stance on same-sex marriage and their holding of ceremonies marrying people of the same gender to be incompatible with Baptist identity. But ironically, apart from believer’s baptism, [Read More...]

#sblaar Mandaean Running

Yesterday morning was the first bit of genuinely free time I have had at the conference, and so I spent some time in the book exhibit and elsewhere, talking with friends. This rest was helpful in preparing for what lay in store that afternoon… First there was a session on mysticism, esotericism, and Gnosticism, in [Read More...]

Also an Argument for Believers’ Baptism

This is circulating among atheists, but Baptists like myself obviously think it makes a good point too… HT Open Parachute   [Read more...]

Worst False Antithesis of the Week

Theophrastus at the blog BLT nominated this as the “worst false antithesis of the week”: “Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?” – Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, at the Values Voter Summit [Read More...]

What Should the Southern Baptist Convention Change Its Name To?

As Jim West, Hemant Mehta and Claude Mariottini have noted, the Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing its name. The Southern Baptists, for those who may not be familiar with them, formed when Baptists in the Southern part of the United States (hence the name) broke away from the Baptist union of which they were [Read More...]

A Cowboy Walks Into a Bar

A cowboy walks into a bar in Wyoming and orders three mugs of beer. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a [Read More...]

Antidisestablishmentarianism (From the Archives)

OK, although it proves I’m a nerd (as if any of you had any doubts) I will come right out and admit it: ever since I was a child and first learned about the longest word in the dictionary I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to use it in a sentence. I suppose that [Read More...]