The gospel according to 1 Corinthians 13 (part 1)


We all know love when we see it. And when we see the genuine article, we’re awed by it, regardless of the “theological system” (or absence of any such system) of those who show such genuine love. [Read more...]

Something happened and now I know


They were probably really excited when they came up with the name “Touch ‘Em All Ministries.” It spells TEAM — a terrific acronym for a sports-related ministry. It suggests home-run success and conveys their passion for the Great Commission. Alas, being innocent as doves but not wise as serpents, it didn’t occur to these good people that the name might also have other connotations. [Read more...]

Count your ribs and say your prayers and go to sleep


“35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen.” And along with their stories come the heartbreaking, horrifying stories from the #emptychair. Also: Dueling currency; the Mansplainingest Mansplainer Who Ever Internetted; and the human right not to be killed for playing the banjo naked. [Read more...]

Flying blind and looking for any sign of light


No spoilers, you guys, because I’ve just started watching — but is Christian Slater’s character on “Mr. Robot” a hallucination? Also: Mike Huckabee adds to his list of things that are like Hitler; DeGarmo & Key warn of the dangers of the New Age; and Rick Perry has apparently invested all his money in Netflix. [Read more...]

Rusty Houser hated women. He learned that at church.


I’m talking about the more fundamental teaching of John Russell Houser’s Southern Baptist church — the paramount religious and ethical teaching of that denomination, which says that women cannot and must not be trusted. Rusty Houser was shaped by a faith tradition that does not abide any question or challenge to its official required stance of legal and political opposition to abortion. His church taught him that women are immoral and untrustworthy, and — like Paul Hill and Scott Roeder — he took that teaching to heart. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“Moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. I defiled them through their very gifts, in their offering up all their firstborn, in order that I might horrify them, so that they might know that I am the Lord.” [Read more...]

We dig our heels in and wonder who’s gonna win


“He was anti-abortion. … Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything.” Or, in other words, the pattern continues. Also: Still calling bal tashhit on an illegal occupation; Operation Rescue liars make up quotes from RBG; and a fossil from the Garden of Eden. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 43: ‘Not a conspiracy theory’

Events in the real world have overtaken the "currency unification" conspiracy theories in "Left Behind." It's not good when your "biblical prophecy" foretelling the future looks dated. (Graphic snurched from ABC news.)

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins don’t have to bother with any research into the economic implications of a single world currency or why anyone would ever want such a thing because this conspiracy theory is for them, literally, an article of faith. They believe this will happen as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Specifically, they believe it is foretold in Revelation 13:16-17: “[The beast] also forced everyone, small and great, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark …” [Read more...]