Costly discipleship in the discount bin

The latest poll from Southern Baptist-related LifeWay Research includes one self-reported response that strikes me as dubious. The poll found that “higher levels of Bible engagement were correlated to six actions,” including: Making a decision to obey or follow God with an awareness that choosing to do so might be costly. (63% of churchgoers say [Read More...]

What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?

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Excellent question. “What if you’re wrong?” is always an excellent question and I’m grateful to my inquisitors and critics for making sure I never forget it. Even if I don’t always enjoy the tone of their full expression of this question, I thank them for the helpful reminder that I always might be wrong. That’s [Read More...]

The clobber verses vs. ‘the only thing that counts’

Same argument. Same hermeneutic. Same body part.

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [Read More...]

But what about all those anti-gay clobber verses?

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“I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral,” I wrote the other day. Again. This horrifies many of my fellow evangelicals — not solely because they are anti-gay, but largely because they are pro-Bible. That notion of “objective immorality” is tied up with the need or desire to turn to the Bible for “objective” [Read More...]

‘God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean’

In comments a few days back, I see there was a question regarding whether I believe “that homosexuality is objectively immoral.” It’s my fault if I haven’t been as clear as I need to be on that point: No. I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral. But that’s not strong enough. It’s more [Read More...]

Evangelical tribalism: 3 more data points

Life inside the evangelical tribal bubble is a wondrous place. Come with me inside, through the un-looking glass, wherein we will learn that the oldest churches aren’t sufficiently traditional, that a 47-year-old white rapper is the pinnacle of Christian art since “Butterfly Kisses,” and that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are more authentically evangelical than [Read More...]

Jenny Calendar, Lester Freamon and pastors in the news

Via Whedonesque, I learn that Jenny Calendar is now an evangelical Christian minister. Robia LaMorte’s theology seems to be quite different from mine, but I can’t help but love a website with tabs for “Buffy,” “Prince” and “God.” So while I don’t think it’s helpful (or biblical) to refer to the Bible as “Basic Instructions [Read More...]

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...]


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