The Johnson Amendment Isn’t Just about Churches

Trump recently announced that he plans to overturn the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits nonprofit organizations from endorsing candidates or engaging in lobbying. The way evangelicals talk about this prohibition, it would be easy to get the impression that this amendment applies to churches alone. It doesn't. It applies to churches and all other nonprofit organizations, including 501(c)3s.It works like this: If you are creating an organization dedicated to helping people, your organization … [Read more...]


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Jesus Christ and Donald Trump

Description: Grainy image of a man with long hair carrying four suitcases, with the wording "On my way back to the White House" across it. Caption adds "March all you want, protest all you want, President DONALD J. TRUMP is our President for at least 4 years, no weapon formed against him will prosper! You know you are doing something right when there is so much opposition!!!This social media post has already been skewered on Facebook. Still, it deserves some additional response. It was post … [Read more...]


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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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