Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More…]

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Slippery Slope

I like the most recent XKCD cartoon and its take on the “slippery slope” idea. People always assume that one is going to slip in a direction that they want to go. And in fact, often the things that are really valuable are really hard and take a conscious effort. But anything can become a [Read More…]

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Holiday Persecution?

I hope the above diagram by Rachel Held Evans helps more people find clarity about this subject!   [Read more…]

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A Time To Refrain From Speaking

Rachel Held Evans posted an interview with Derek Webb on her blog. It includes the following wise statement: I have simply tried to avoid giving short answers to questions for which there are no short answers.  And I know there is a real temptation in our culture that we must.  But that is a lie. [Read More…]

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Animate Bible

Through the Patheos network, it was suggested that I ought to take a look at a new series called Animate: Faith. I glanced, was not immediately excited, and left it at that. But today, Adam Cleveland mentioned another part of the series, Animate: Bible, and included a screenshot which grabbed my attention: That got my [Read More…]

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Look for the Surprise

Aric Clark has a very useful post about approaching ancient literature – in particular the Bible. Things we read there may tend to startle, surprise, or shock us, or disappoint us, or seem like nothing out of the ordinary. It is important to look into the context, to really grasp it. What seems disappointingly conservative [Read More…]

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Millennials and the Church (Rachel Held Evans, Hemant Mehta, and Admiral Ackbar)

Rachel Held Evans and Hemant Mehta appeared on CNN talking about why millennials are leaving the church: I find the notion that a comparison of the subscribers to the atheism and Christianity subreddits tells us much. But the actual discussion is interesting. On a related note, Rod the Rogue Demon Hunter offered the best Star [Read More…]

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The First Millennials

The conversation about millennials and church decline continues – see for instance posts by Richard Beck, Bob Cornwall (and another), Tripp Fuller, Hollis Phelps, Eddie Kouya, Allan Bevere, Travis Mamone, Caris Adel, Ann Fontaine, David Hayward, Chris Attaway, and Shannon Barber. Many have suggested that this discussion is one that happens, if not every generation, at [Read More…]

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Mind-Changing as Religious Imperative

Paul writes about being transformed through the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). But for some reason, many Christians seem to think that changing one’s mind is a bad thing, a sign of weakness or backsliding or whatever. Once again, what Christians are commanded to do in the Bible has become something modern Christians avoid doing and [Read More…]

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And The Award For Best Blog Post Title Goes To…

I think Rachel Held Evans definitely deserves an award for the title of her post today, about the Personal Promise Bible. In case you haven’t heard of it, this Bible adds your name into many verses, so that you can read them as though it were written specifically for you. The title of Rachel’s post [Read More…]

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Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I’m grateful to Rachel Held Evans for having sent me an advance review copy of her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. I confess I am a bit embarrassed that I’m only blogging about it after the [Read More…]

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