No more crying on Sundays

“And when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. … Then he became angry and refused to go in.” — Luke 15 [Read more...]

The gospel of misogyny

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Mark Driscoll’s so-called “apology” only reinforces and restates his gospel of misogyny. He apologizes for his tone and his language because, in his eyes, repeatedly comparing his targets to women is the worst possible thing anyone could say. Everything Driscoll identifies as bad, weak, dirty or evil he characterizes as feminine. Everything Driscoll identifies as feminine he characterizes as bad, weak, dirty or evil. He hasn’t apologized for that. He still doesn’t realize that is wrong. [Read more...]

Warning signs, how to help, and planning for safety

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If you live in the Seattle area, there is help available. If you worship at a church in Seattle, there is help available. If you’re married to someone who works at a church in Seattle, there is help available. [Read more...]

‘I think religious preoccupation with abortion is largely about controlling the sexuality of women’

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John H. Richardson’s remarkable Esquire profile of Dr. Willie Parker is going to make a lot of people very upset. I hope that at least a few of them read the whole thing without reflexively railing against Parker in the stale terms that he anticipates, and rebuts, throughout the article. Dr. Parker says many true things and no false ones. We should not be afraid to listen to this man. [Read more...]

‘Make disciples’: Actors, hitters, and Christians

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How Andy Serkis and Tony Gwynn can help us Christians understand the Great Commission and what it means to go and make disciples. [Read more...]

Idiot plots, purity culture, and the cruel gods of farce

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Roger Ebert’s movie glossary defines an Idiot Plot as “Any plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots.” Hemant Mehta eyes the trailer for Christian-brand comedy The Virgins and doubts that an Idiot Plot can be redeemed simply by attributing the characters’ idiocy to religious devotion. “I grow restless,” Ebert said, when the [Read More...]

The Bible was written by and for humans from Earth

Ken Ham explains to Elliott that his new friend is not descended from Adam and therefore will burn in Hell.

Humans from Earth are central to the story in the human’s Bible because that Bible was written by and for humans from Earth. This is our story. It’s a human medium expressing human truths for humans. [Read more...]

Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

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The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday’s White House signing ceremony for President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony. Obama’s executive order [Read More...]


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