Loving the Bible too much to ‘literally’ ignore what it says

Here are a couple of recent items on a recurring theme around here. The first is from Greg Carey at the Huffington Post and the second is from Kenton L. Sparks’ introduction to God’s Word in Human Words. Here’s Carey on “Where ‘Liberal’ Bible Scholars Come From“: Biblical scholarship is an academic discipline, taught and [Read More...]

Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: Missing links

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Hey, remember that time when Christians lined up to eat chicken to defend their religious freedom? No, not that time, the more recent one, at the beginning of this month, after legitimate Todd Akin fan Mike Huckabee declared “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” remember that? Yeah, well, I didn’t ever finish linking to — or even reading [Read More...]

More reasons why I do not much care for the Liar Tony Perkins

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Black-and-white photographs clipped from newspapers call to mind the distant past. That’s particularly true when the content of the photo seems to show something from a bygone, shameful era in American history. For those of us born after the Civil Rights movement, the idea of something like White Citizens Councils seems like an ugly relic [Read More...]

‘Gay Conversations With God’

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I’m not sure this is a book. It’s in book form, mostly — type is set on pages in a binding, words on paper — but it reads more like the transcription of a one-man show. In Gay Conversations With God, James Langteaux gives us a spoken-word performance, with the rhythm and rhyme of speech. [Read More...]

Evangelical tribalism is not healthy for children and other living things

Jason Pitzl-Waters is a wise man. In his regular music round-up, he captures just why so-called contemporary Christian music is not something to be emulated: The yearning to develop something akin to “Contemporary Christian” music within our own communities is, I believe, counter-productive to the impulses that actually move us into sacred territory. When I [Read More...]

Study reveals church-goers give more to churches than people who don’t go to church give to those churches

Here’s a headline from Christianity Today: “Religious States Donate More to Charity Than Secular States.” It’s about a new report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The problem with that headline is that, well, that’s not actually what the study says. From CT’s Melissa Steffan: According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Americans in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, [Read More...]

When ‘evangelism’ intends to alienate and exclude

That Truth for Youth culture-war Bible we discussed yesterday is destined to be poorly received. I think that’s by design. The purpose of this new, improved Bible, allegedly, is to “reach youth with the gospel.” By the “gospel,” unfortunately, these folks mean the culture-war gospel — not the good news of Jesus the Christ, but [Read More...]

Culture warriors produce a new, improved Bible

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Fundamentalist Christians are fond of the final verses of the book of Revelation: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. No, not that one, of course. They don’t tend to think of “grace” as a defining characteristic of the Lord Jesus. Nor do they believe such grace should be extended to [Read More...]


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