‘Hi, I’m looking for a Christian book …’

Ring. “LifeWay Christian Bookstore, how may I help you?” “Hi, I’m looking for a Christian book.” “Well, you’ve called the right place. What’s the title? I’ll see if I can find it for you.” “It’s called The Brothers Karamazov.” “The Brothers …?” “Karamazov. With a ‘K.’ It’s by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.” “Well, let’s see. I’m not [Read More...]

‘Christian bookstores’ and the unsustainable bubble of the evangelical subculture

Some evangelical “gatekeepers” imagine they can still control the boundaries of their subculture and thereby can continue to control the lives and souls and thoughts and imaginations of those within it. Or, if you prefer to put the most charitable spin on it, these gatekeepers imagine they can still guard the boundaries of that subculture [Read More...]

Permission granted, officially

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Thinking a bit more about “Maybe God is a better person than you think,” I was struck by the sadness of that situation. It must be an awful thing to believe that God will not allow you to be as loving, merciful and generous as you wish you could be. It must be an awful [Read More...]

Maybe God is a better person than you think

Jesus Creed serves up a guest post by Jeff Cook on one of my least favorite topics: “apologetics” and those awful show-debates between Christians and new atheists. I love dialogue, I do not love this approach to “debate.” It turns the conversation into a matter of winning and pushes participants away from their complementary quest [Read More...]

Is God free to decide to cherish a gum thief?

Derek Flood offers a mini-sermon on “Sin and Chewing Gum“: Yesterday, I was walking through Dolores Park and heard a street preacher, saying “If you’ve ever stolen a stick of gum, then you are guilty of sin! If you’ve ever looked at Facebook at work, then you’ve stolen from your employer, and that’s sin!” Of [Read More...]

If you believe the logo’s Man on the Moon

Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like writes: A fundamentalist can survive without many things such as the friendship of those in his community or the pleasures of his current culture but no fundamentalist can go very long without A Cause to champion. For the wiles of the devil infect every corner of our universe and we [Read More...]

‘The Cult of the Individual and the Idolatry of Greed’

Michael Bird is a very conservative evangelical theology professor. He’s theologically conservative in the tradition of evangelical orthodoxy and, like many evangelicals, he’s very politically conservative on social issues, opposing, he says, “same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and abortion, etc.” But Michael Bird is not an American. He teaches in Australia and formerly lived in the UK. [Read More...]

Why liars for Jesus can’t be believed when they say they’re anti-abortion

If you denounce the Affordable Care Act because it’s “the biggest expansion of abortion and abortion funding since Roe v. Wade” or because it requires that “Americans buy health insurance plans that pay for contraceptives and abortion” or “because it makes American taxpayers complicit in the deaths of countless unborn children,” this doesn’t make you [Read More...]


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