Selfish Gentiles and ‘Shellfish Objections’: Timothy Dalrymple vs. the Apostle Peter

Who are you going to side with: the Apostle Peter, or Timothy Dalrymple? You’re going to have to pick one or the other, because Dalrymple, an evangelical blogger here at Patheos, is the latest contemporary American Christian to come out against Peter’s explanation of his own vision from God. Peter believed that his vision from [Read More...]

Mutuality Week and the burden of proof

I go to check out at the library and the library clerk asks to see my card. Fair demand. Am I or am I not a member in good standing entitled to check out these books? Here we have a controversy, a dispute, an unsettled question in need of settling. The clerk has asked a [Read More...]

What ‘teaching hate’ does and doesn’t look like

Ismael Estrada of CNN reports on the aftermath of another recent bigotry eruption in a nondenominational evangelical church: “We don’t teach hate, says church where anti-homosexual song filmed.” About 20 protesters gathered on Sunday outside the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle here to voice opposition to a viral online video that was taped in the church and [Read More...]

Better learn how to kneel …


Christian Piatt has posted his 16th collection of “Church Sign Epic Fails” (with links to the previous 15 installments). Reading through Christian’s series, and through the many similar signs regularly featured by Matthew Paul Turner [link fixed] (including the one pictured here), some patterns become clear. I find myself wanting to create taxonomies for various [Read More...]

The Voice of Christian Youth America ties it all together

This is the Voice of Christian Youth. Kids these days.

“Avi Lipkin” has to be a poe. He’s got to be some kind of performance artist — an absurdist chameleon like Andy Kaufmann or Sacha Baron Cohen. Because no one could possibly really believe the things “Avi Lipkin” says. Even the most gullible rubes in right-wing AM Christian radio can’t really be buying what he’s [Read More...]

On evangelism: Hattie Durham, the Demon Deacon and loving your neighbor

This started as a footnote to today’s Left Behind post, which touches on the horrible way the heroes of those books treat poor Hattie Durham. The way Rayford and Buck treat Hattie reminds me a bit of the way David Wright and a pair of SportsCenter hosts treat the sad Wake Forest mascot in this [Read More...]

The evangelical bubble cannot be sustained (part 2)

A standard line of argument for sex education says that if young people aren’t taught the actual facts of the facts of life, then they’ll just wind up learning about it “on the streets.” The idea there is that kids want the truth and they need and deserve to hear it. The desire to protect [Read More...]

The evangelical bubble cannot be sustained (part 1)

The following unrelated items are not unrelated: 1. Latebloomer, who writes at Past Tense, Present Progressive, tells a familiar story about being an inquisitive kid in the insular world of American fundamentalist Christianity: I was in the middle of writing a homeschool high school essay called “Why I Believe What I Believe,” and one of [Read More...]