Inerrancy is Used to Defend Sin

Inerrancy is only ever used to defend sin, whether that sin happens to be the enslavement of other human beings or the inappropriate exaltation of one’s own thinking. (The above words are from a comment I composed on Facebook, in a conversation discussing Biblical inerrancy.)   [Read more...]

Preaching On Sin

This cartoon nicely illustrates the point that we all enjoy condemning those whose sins are obvious to us, while we bristle at anyone who points out our own. If there is something that fundamentalists, conservatives, moderates, progressives, and liberals all share in common, it is this tendency, and the fact that none of us can [Read More...]

Good and Evil

Let us now define the New Christian Right as people who get more upset about the possibility that they might have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than they do about revelations that their own representatives have not only molested children but covered up such molestation. If we can even call those “values” [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Cost of Living

The episide begins with a flashback of Eko’s childhood. He breaks into a locked storeroom. Eko is told by a nun that he is a sinner, but Eko protests that Yemi was hungry. Then, on the island, Eko sees Yemi, who tells him that it is time to confess, to be judged. In flashbacks, we [Read More...]

Sin of Omission

A recent comment on a post of mine related to homosexuality sparked a realization related to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis. On the one hand, what conservatives do in making that story into ammunition against homosexuals is disturbing enough. There is no reference anywhere to the people of that city having had [Read More...]

Sodom’s Shameful Sin

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Just Love

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Worried to Death

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A Church You Can Relate To

Allan Bevere shared the above image on Facebook. It certainly reflects a popular stereotype many conservatives have of liberal churches. But when one looks closely at such claims, a paradox emerges. Supposedly, liberal churches are pandering to the world for the sake of popularity. And yet liberal churches do not seem to be distinctively popular, [Read More...]

Cut It Out #thingsjesusneversaid

The sermon at my church yesterday was about sin. The pastor preached about Jesus’ statements (clearly not to be taken literally) about cutting off one’s hand, or foot, or plucking out one’s eye. The context in Mark suggests that there is a real danger of judgment, with fire, but also that the fire has a [Read More...]

Eve: The Motion Picture

From Saturday Night Live, via Hemant Mehta. What struck me most was the parental nature of God as depicted in the sketch. Disobedience wasn't something surprising, and Eve is not told “Get out of this house, you disobeyed my rules” or something authoritarian like that, but rather than she was going to need to move [Read More...]