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...]

Including ‘generates controversy,’ but excluding doesn’t

Greg Horton of Religion News Service writes about the end of one great Christian music festival and the beginning of another: “As Cornerstone wraps up, Wild Goose Festival takes off.” Here are a couple of paragraphs that get at the core of the current situation in American evangelicalism: As Cornerstone prepares for its final act, [Read More...]

A Southern Baptist minister bears false witness

Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is bearing false witness. “It’s becoming increasingly clear to a lot of believers that this administration is not just indifferent to people of faith, it’s hostile,” Fox News personality and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said last week. I take it that by “it’s becoming increasingly clear” what [Read More...]

A Southern Baptist in exile in the Bible belt

Both Alvin McEwen and Rachel Held Evans point us to Joan Garrett’s insightful, empathetic portrait of a Red Bank, Tenn., family: “A tempest in my soul: A son’s secret brings a Southern Baptist minister to his knees.” This is beautiful storytelling and impressive reporting. It is, in other words, what good journalism looks like. Kudos [Read More...]

Evangelical = anti-abortion, anti-gay white Protestant?

“Is a ‘black evangelical’ a contradiction in terms?” Molly Worthen asks at NYTimes.com: In recent years, conservative white Protestants have made a special effort to reach out to black believers who share their views on theology and social mores. … Black Protestants often agree with white evangelicals on the importance of religious faith and the [Read More...]

‘Like my pain meant nothing’ — the alarming harshness of tactless anti-gay preaching


CNN’s Richard Allen Greene reports that “Harsh anti-gay preaching alarms gay rights supporters and Christian conservatives alike.” Christian conservatives, apparently, don’t want their anti-gay preaching to come across as “harsh.” Coming across as harsh can make their anti-gay lobbying more difficult: Many conservative Christians would agree with pastors such as Worley and Knapp that homosexual [Read More...]

Mutuality Week (and toothbrushing horror)

I would like to say that Rachel Held Evans’ remarkable Mutuality Week series is what made her the Slacktivixen’s new favorite blogger, but actually it was something more recent. Specifically, it was this passage from Evans’ recent post on “Exercising in public and other methods of sanctification“: Now, there are three things that I feel [Read More...]

Southern Baptists say the magic words

At the convention’s annual meeting, Southern Baptists reaffirmed the magic words. America’s largest evangelical denomination wound up endorsing the revivalist tradition of the “Sinner’s Prayer”: Jimmy Scroggins, chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions, told the convention that the committee brought the resolution to the floor because of recent challenges to the emphasis on the [Read More...]