Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly … in bed

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All the rest of what we think of as ethics shouldn’t stop at the bedroom door, replaced there by the separate sub-category of “sexual ethics.” Rather than risk segregating “sexual ethics” from the rest of our ethics, we might be better served by some variation of that silly game we play with fortune cookies. We should reaffirm what we already know or believe about ethics … “in bed.” [Read more...]

Left us a mixed impression

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Happy Halloween. Here are some Friday tricks and treats, including: professional liar David Barton isn’t a fan of Left Behind either; Michelle Krabill on rape culture in the Bible Belt; Pat Robertson criticizes lazy brain cancer patient for not coming to him sooner. Plus: Does Francis believe in evolution? Is the pope Catholic? [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 6: ‘Peace in the Middle East’

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“Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins sincerely believe that we are now living in the End Times. They wrote Left Behind in the hopes of convincing others that this is so. Yet on page after page the reader is confronted with jarring illustrations of how glaringly, insurmountably incompatible this End Times world is with the actual world we are living in. The more you read, the more this book undermines the argument that our world and the world of the End Times are the same thing.” [Read more...]

Indiana Jones, the Antichrist, and Hell

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The stories in the text provide the basis for other stories about those stories, and details from those new stories seep back into the popular understanding as though they were part of the original. The revised and expanded original then provides the basis for even more new stories, and the cycle repeats itself. The text feeds into popular culture and popular culture, in turn, feeds back into the text, and after multiple repetitions of that cycle we lose the ability to distinguish one from the other. [Read more...]

When autumn leaves start to fall

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The trees are very pretty here in late October. The lawn and the sidewalks and the bushes and the driveway are not. I apologize for neglecting this week’s “Nicolae” post for a Tuesday spent with a rake and tarp. [Read more...]

Here’s that ‘Anything Goes’ rant about evangelical sexual ethics

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The evangelical ethics guild seems to have fashioned this mandatory boilerplate in the 1960s or 1970s, back when John Updike was publishing his earliest novels. And like an early Updike novel, it seems both moralistic and dated — far removed from any conversation that’s going on now. [Read more...]

A radically un-radical, conservative call for ‘full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the church’

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David Gushee’s “Changing Our Mind” calls for a church in which “the rules are the same” for all Christians — regardless of sexual orientation. That’s the radically un-radical core of his message. And maybe also the un-radically radical aspect of it. It doesn’t seek to amend or to overturn conservative Christian ideas about marriage and sexual ethics, only to expand them to apply equally to LGBT Christians as well. [Read more...]

Actually, it’s about …

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Laughing at bullies, oppressors, and the pompous defenders of injustice is almost never sufficient. It may not even be necessary. But I think it helps. And anyway, it’s funny. [Read more...]


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