“Even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.” Read more

My wife comes home this weekend. She’s been at Pennsylvania Hospital most of the week recovering from surgery which the good doctors and nurses say went just the way it was intended to go. Read more

There’s no hidden moral to this story, no big kicker or punchline waiting at the end. This is just a thing that happened when I was in college. I’m telling this story now because I finally found pictures of these paintings online. And because this all happened exactly 30 years ago, tonight. Read more

It doesn’t seem like a corrupt bargain. It doesn’t seem like a bargain of any kind, because it doesn’t ask you to change anything about what you believe. But once you’ve made that bargain, you’re stuck. Read more

“Progressive evangelicalism” is basically what you get when white evangelicals start treating Matthew 25 and Isaiah 58 as clobber texts too. The underlying formula — look up “what the Bible says” and apply that literally — is the same formula that shapes the rest of white evangelicalism. Read more

So, OK, let’s talk about “progressive evangelicals.” That’s not a perfectly accurate description, but it might be the best attempt to give a name to something real and identifiable. Thirty years ago the phrase would have been “liberal evangelicals.” This wasn’t what they called themselves, but a label assigned to them by others. It was meant to be dismissive — a way of further marginalizing the few voices within white evangelicalism who were emphasizing economic justice, or “concern for the… Read more

“Slaves who have escaped to you from their owners shall not be given back to them. They shall reside with you, in your midst, in any place they choose in any one of your towns, wherever they please; you shall not oppress them.” Read more

Throughout her life, my grandmother insisted that she, as a woman, must never “usurp authority” by teaching men in the church. But a lot of men in the church could learn a lot from my grandmother. Read more

Tim LaHaye could not understand warnings against a false peacemaker because he did not believe there was ever such a thing as a genuine peacemaker. Read more

As Norwegian metal bands desperately invent whole new sub-genres in their effort to be denounced as Satanic, the Satanic Panic instead shifts its sights toward … Mariah Carey? Read more

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