Pew Research finding calls for sackcloth and ashes

Some would adamantly disagree that white evangelicalism has, in any way, “gone wrong.” (It’s those liberal mainline Protestants who went wrong, doncha know, with their fancy seminaries and their Darwinism and whatnot.) But the more important and more interesting disagreement is among those who perceive that, yes, white evangelicalism has gone wrong, but who approach what that means in two very different ways. [Read more…]

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Southern Baptists still think of white supremacy as a ‘stain’

The Southern Baptist Convention has passed an official resolution on racism. I’m happy to report that they’re against it. Alas, they also demonstrated that they don’t understand what it is they’re against and up against, or what it will mean for them to oppose it in substance and not just in rhetoric. [Read more…]

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Baptist ‘Resolutions’ Aren’t Usually Newsworthy, but the Struggle to Pass One is

Resolutions and the votes on them tend to get reported as official Southern Baptist pronouncements — as analogous to papal encyclicals or edicts issued by the bishops of formal denominational churches. That’s misleading. These resolutions don’t present official denominational dogma because there is no official denomination. [Read more…]

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Ralph Reed still betting on white evangelical suckers

Ralph Reed avoided prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff casino-lobbying scandal. That’s the best you can say for him. He managed to participate in Abramoff’s schemes and scams, and to get very rich doing so, yet somehow skated by as an unindicted co-conspirator. [Read more…]

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A groovy relic of the forbidden evangelical past

For my birthday I bought myself a book that’s almost as old as I am. It’s from 1975, as you may be able to tell from the groovy cover design. Even Zondervan Press covers were groovy in the ’70s. [Read more…]

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Soap, soup, and support for Supreme Court nominees who will overturn Roe v. Wade

It seems to me that this Great Commission objection has waned in the 21st century. I would count that as a positive development, except that I fear it has simply been replaced by something else that’s even worse. Sixty years ago and 30 years ago, white evangelicals instinctively evaluated every cause or “issue” by weighing it against the paramount concern of proclamation evangelism. Today, instead, everything is weighed against the paramount concern of abortion politics. [Read more…]

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The Late Great Planet Earth

The major source of hesitation was still the worry that such other causes — whatever their merits — might distract from the paramount priority of proclaiming the gospel. That was Job No. 1, after all. Jesus commanded us to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” not to go ye unto all the world and recycle. Go ahead and worry about saving the ozone layer, but only if it doesn’t distract you from the higher priority duty of saving sinners. [Read more…]

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A Death Bet Is Morally Repugnant. So Is a ‘Rapture’ Bet.

Ask these Rapture-Christians about climate change and they’ll assure you there’s no need to worry about famine and flood in 2050, because they’re “certain” that Jesus is coming back before then. Ask them about their teenage child’s plans to major in art history or theater arts and they’ll give you a very different outlook. [Read more…]

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