Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Deuteronomy 22:28-29. [Read more…]

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No 5k for the biggest killer — so does anyone really believe it’s a killer?

Name a disease and there’s a charitable research foundation committed to finding a cure, and for just about every such foundation there’s a corresponding 5k race or walkathon, lemonade stand, bake sale, golf tournament, banquet, concert, gala or festival to raise funds. But for the biggest killer of them all, there’s nothing. [Read more…]

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Franklin Graham and the latter-day politicization of the BGEA

Romney needed white evangelicals to embrace him as part of their sectarian tribe. And Franklin needed a prominent Republican to help restore his standing after a string of talk-radio-style incontinent gaffes. So they worked out a deal. Two sons desperate for the power once wielded by their more-famous fathers — both unable to display the integrity their fathers displayed by pursuing something other than power. But they were able to help each other. [Read more…]

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Franklin Graham’s fire-sale at Montreat

Now, very suddenly, we are being asked to believe that the Rev. Billy Graham, at 93 years old, has completely changed his mind about both of the regrets he has repeatedly lamented over the past 20 years. We are asked to believe that Billy Graham has abruptly changed who he has been for many decades, casting aside everything he has been telling us he learned from his many years in ministry. Now, all of a sudden, we are being asked to believe that what Billy Graham really regrets was that he wasn’t more actively opposed to civil rights, and that he wasn’t more directly involved as a power-player in partisan power-politics. [Read more…]

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If we won’t let Esther speak, at least listen to Mordecai

I’m happy to learn of The Mordecai Project — although not nearly as happy as I would be to learn of The Esther Project. But still, this is a positive step, particularly given that most conservative evangelical “books, preaching, mentoring, leadership conferences, ministerial retreats and television programs” seem to be supporting The Ahasuerus Project, or even The Haman Coalition, when it comes to the spiritual gifts and ministries of women. [Read more…]

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‘The arguments sounded so similar … that I got them confused’

A Missouri pastor reminds us of the bold stance that white segregationists took a generation ago to defend biblical authority. [Read more…]

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‘Patriarchy is about power and control’

Danielle @ From Two to One responds to a “complementarian” straight-up dropping the c-bomb; Cheryl B. Anderson on why Christians need to hear new voices on reproductive justice; Richard Beck on how “You think you’re talking about life when we are often talking about sex;” and Caperton on “Safe and legal. And rare.” [Read more…]

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For evangelicals, racism isn’t a dealbreaker, but feminism is

If you think women today should have more freedom than they had 3,000 years ago, or if you fail to condemn LGBT people with sufficient relish, then your standing as a legitimate evangelical will be formally challenged and your books will be prohibited from sitting on the shelves at LifeWay alongside those of Afro-phobic colonialists like Dinesh D’Souza and slavery apologists like Douglas Wilson. [Read more…]

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