Church bulletin announcements

The ‘homogeneous unit principle’ in action “Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples” A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha [Read More...]

If the evangelical mainstream wants me to view the religious right as marginal, then they should do more to marginalize the religious right

Mainstream evangelicals generally do not identify with the tone and emphasis of the religious right. When people like me criticize the religious right, these mainstream evangelicals often complain that such criticisms overemphasize the influence of a vocal, but marginal, minority that does not represent the views of most evangelicals. That’s the complaint voiced here by [Read More...]

The boundaries of evangelical identity

A few more quick items on the way the “big four” issues — abortion, homosexuality, evolution, environment — create the boundaries of evangelical identity in America, determining the shape of that community far more than any doctrinal, pietistic or theological characteristic. 1. Tony Jones: “An Open Letter to Evangelical College Students“ A year from now, [Read More...]

Evangelical identity: What’s your story?

I know it’s not just me. At the very least, it’s me and Jonathan Dudley. Here, again, is that opening paragraph from Dudley’s book Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics: I learned a few things growing up as an evangelical Christian: that abortion is murder, homosexuality, sin; evolution, nonsense; and [Read More...]

The exceptional majority of evangelicals

Timothy Dalrymple argues that it’s simply due to caricatures and media hype that evangelicals have come to be viewed as “hyper-politicized.” It’s all in my head, I suppose. And if I could just get over my own prejudices, I’d realize that most evangelical churches would welcome me as a full and equal member, without suspicion [Read More...]

End Times: The Next Generation


OK, so yet another religious right pastor rails against the “homosexual agenda,” claiming that gays “will not stop until their will is pressed upon the majority.” Blah blah blah, yadda yadda, same stuff, different day. But the pastor in question here is Matthew Hagee, “son and heir apparent of televangelist John Hagee.” That’s “Bible prophecy [Read More...]

The American evangelical persecution complex (continued — and continued and continued …)

So the Liar Tony Perkins came out recently with the claim that President Barack Obama has “created an atmosphere that is hostile toward Christianity” and that Obama, personally, “has a disdain for Christianity.” Then I saw this headline on Christianity Today’s blog: “Tony Perkins: Obama Is Hostile, Disdainful of Christianity” and thought, “wow, that was [Read More...]

Other voices: Evangelicals outside the right wing

“Regent University president, evangelical church leaders denounce Alabama’s immigration law“ Regent University President Carlos Campo and several people identifying themselves as national evangelical Christian leaders held a press conference in Kelly Ingram Park today to denounce Alabama’s new immigration law. “We believe Alabama is a better place if they rescind this law,” said Campo. Regent [Read More...]