Trump Agriculture Nominee Credits Serial Sexual Predator as His Spiritual Mentor

Trump has tapped Georgia's Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Who is Perdue? In addition to being a former governor, he credits now-disgraced fundamentalist leader Bill Gothard as his spiritual mentor: “Nothing besides Scripture itself played a more important role in the daily guiding and leading of our family than Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles. We immersed ourselves in the clear but profound and practical wisdom delivered by God through Bill. I found every se … [Read more...]


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What Spiritual Warfare Has in Common with New Ageism

An evangelical group has plans to carry out a prayer walk in D.C. this week: Teams of intercessors will be prayer walking (marching) around the U.S. Capitol and the White House complex, declaring the coming presence of our Lord and destruction of the walls of protection around those [who] oppose Him. ... As President Trump finishes his oath of office, at the moment of the power transition, all intercessors are instructed to shout to the Lord with faith and expectation that the spiritual walls w … [Read more...]


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Protestants and Catholics Overrepresented in Congress

I've seen some chatter about the underrepresentation of religiously unaffiliated Americans in Congress, but I want to phrase the issue a slightly different way---both Protestants and, especially, Catholics are overrepresented in the House and the Senate.As you can see, while 48% of the U.S. population is Protestant, 55.9% of the U.S. Congress is Protestant. Similarly, 21% of the U.S. population is Catholic while 31.4% of the U.S. Congress is Catholic. Those are some pretty serious … [Read more...]


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An Apologetics Check-UP

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World Magazine, recently republished some of his remarks during a debate with the late Christopher Hitchens in 2007. I grew up reading World Magazine. It was a staple in my parents' evangelical household. Each week when it arrived there was a mad dash to see who could get to it first---anyone over ten wanted their turn. I've journeyed far in the ten years since I left home. When Olasky's reposting of his remarks popped up, I was curious. How does his work stack u … [Read more...]


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The Gospel Coalition Goes Full Evo-Psych

What even is this? The Gospel Coalition posted an article titled, How Should We Think about Watching Women Fight Women? by Justin Taylor. The article is about the rise of female boxing. What's strange is how far it veers into typical evo-psych jargon before paying lip service to creation in the end. Yep---it's weird. Pugilistic sport has long been viewed as a largely male preserve. This isn’t an accident. The physical differences between men and women in strength and muscularity are exceedingly … [Read more...]


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I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means

World Magazine has published a piece titled No Middle Ground. It is an excerpt from a book by Erick Erickson. It begins as follows: When the state of Indiana passed legislation to protect religious freedom in 2015, corporate America, which tends to worship a green god of its own, threatened to pull out of economic activity in Indiana. And the media ginned up a hypothetical case of discrimination. A reporter asked the owners of Memories Pizza, a family restaurant that does not even cater … [Read more...]


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The Amalekite Genocide and Evangelical “Misinterpretation”

Some years ago, Child Evangelism Fellowship got in trouble for teaching children I Samuel 15:3 in their Good News Clubs. I Samuel 15:3---"Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." The Guardian described the lesson as follows: The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the … [Read more...]


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