Beware of False Teachers – And Be Aware You Might Be One!

Most of the more conservative to fundamentalist forms of Christianity place at least some emphasis on avoiding false teachers. The conservatives in every denomination – and those who claim not to have a denomination – can regularly be seen turning this weapon of religious competition against others. Charismatics and Pentecostals warn against those who claim [Read More...]

What Do Conservative Christians Conserve?

Via Dănuţ Mănăstireanu I learned of a blog post by Richard Rohr entitled “Christian Conservatives seldom Conserve the Real Tradition” which seems to me to deserve to be widely circulated, read, and discussed. Rohr writes: Why do I mistrust so much Christian “conservativism”? 1) It usually wants to “conserve” a very recent version of history or [Read More...]

Outrageous! The Skewed Values of Many American Christians

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The Wrong Kind of Christian? President Obama and Evangelical Voters

I found the article in today’s New York Times about Evangelical voters striking. The attitude of those mentioned in or interviewed for the article seems to be “anyone but Obama.” They would prefer a “big government Republican” to a “big government Democrat.” They would prefer a Mormon and a person with a history of infidelity [Read More...]

JesusWeen

Have you heard about the conservative Christians who are encouraging Christians to celebrate “JesusWeen” instead of Halloween? It may sound like it is a parody, but it isn’t. What one has to understand in order to begin to make sense of this is that there are Christians who view negatively any event or holiday that [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...]

Liberalism Around the Blogosphere (and in the aftermath of the Indiana State Fair tragedy)

Mike Bird’s caricature/critique of Liberal Christianity and my response to it are getting some discussion around the blogosphere (as well as on Reddit). See in particular Mason’s discussion of both posts and his question about whether liberalism and progressivism are the same. Those who find my exchange with Mike interesting will probably also be interested [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation

Mike Bird offered a caricature of Liberal Christianity which it would be wrong to dismiss out of hand. The trends and pitfalls that he highlights on the liberal end of the spectrum are real dangers. The churches which were so flexible and so in tune with the social norms of their time that they had [Read More...]

Pete Rollins on Cutting the Bible

Pete Rollins has an excellent post on cutting the Bible (without anyone noticing). Here’s a sample that I considered particularly poignant: There have been various attempts by the liberal tradition within Christianity to remove parts of the Bible that they don’t agree with (e.g. the Jefferson Bible), something that conservative Christians have vehemently attacked. However [Read More...]

Always Be Prepared To Make Up An Answer

I remember from my younger days in a conservative Christian context the importance we placed on 1 Peter 3:15: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” We didn’t often continue into the sentence that follows, “But do this with gentleness [Read More...]

The Face of a Terrorist? Anders Behring Breivik and Christian Fundamentalism

Is this the face of a terrorist? It is perhaps too soon to say, if one takes the approach that one is innocent until proven guilty. But it is a photo of a suspected terrorist – Anders Behring Breivik, who Norwegian police have arrested in connection with the bombing and shooting that took place yesterday. [Read More...]


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