“Slaves who have escaped to you from their owners shall not be given back to them. They shall reside with you, in your midst, in any place they choose in any one of your towns, wherever they please; you shall not oppress them.” Read more

Throughout her life, my grandmother insisted that she, as a woman, must never “usurp authority” by teaching men in the church. But a lot of men in the church could learn a lot from my grandmother. Read more

Tim LaHaye could not understand warnings against a false peacemaker because he did not believe there was ever such a thing as a genuine peacemaker. Read more

As Norwegian metal bands desperately invent whole new sub-genres in their effort to be denounced as Satanic, the Satanic Panic instead shifts its sights toward … Mariah Carey? Read more

It would be fine if the commandment said something like “Thou shalt not deliberately bear false witness against thy neighbor,” or if it said “Thou shalt not create/invent/fabricate false witness against thy neighbor.” But that’s not what it says. Read more

I imagine it went something like this: (inhales deeply) “No, dude, no. What if Trump’s actually, like, a genius. What if he’s actually good and smart and secretly working with Robert Mueller to save the world?” Read more

“Views that range from the bizarre to the bigoted” are no longer obviously disqualifying. Not that they really were in 1994, either. Read more

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Read more

Numbers 5 might be a sneaky bit of Solomonic theater. Remember the story of wise King Solomon and the two women arguing over whose child was living? Solomon wasn’t really going to hack that baby in half with a sword. Read more

The laws of Moses did not permit abortion. The laws of Moses commanded it. Deliberately inducing miscarriages was something God required God’s priests to do. Complete with instructions, right there in our Bibles. Read more

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