Zedekiah always gets horny for King Ahab

CBN calls it a “spiritual awakening,” showing that John Fea’s terminology of “Court Evangelicals” is spot on. The reference there is an allusion to the court prophets described in 2 Kings 22 — the fawning suck-ups who curried favor with King Ahab by telling him whatever they thought he wanted to hear. The Zedekiah prancing about in iron horns at the Trump White House is a man named Ralph Drollinger. Read more

Chances of winning are slimmer than three

Contemporary Canaanites, xenophobic torture porn, a hot reading for John Kelly, abusive cops reading tea leaves, and Sam Brownback failing upwards. Plus one of the songs I’m turning up with the windows down this summer. Read more

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow

All the sounds of the earth are like music. All the sounds of the earth are like music. The breeze is so busy it don’t miss a tree … Read more

Avoiding the Barnum-esque Rip-off of the Ark Encounter

For the privilege of basking in the presence of this theologically and aesthetically odious “artwork,” Ken Ham’s “Ark Encounter” midway attraction will charge you $40 per person. Fortunately, you have a host of better and far more affordable options nearby. (The Kentucky Department of Travel did not pay to sponsor this post.) $40 per person (plus parking) is a lot of money to spend to ogle half-assed dreck that is not good or beautiful or true. Fortunately, you and your family have plenty of other, far better options close by. Read more

Postcards from the class and culture wars (7.27.17)

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire.” Read more

I can’t remember all the lines that you said

“Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage” of opposing Indian Removal (and then of opposing those who opposed it). Plus: The rules of the pop-culture ranking game; Colorado codifies what shouldn’t need to be codified; and the “Wicked Problem” of palliative pastoral care. Read more

Senate staffers and interns: Save yourselves, quit now

Résumés are forever. A year from now — five years, 10 years, 30 years from now — everyone who sees your résumé will see where you were and what you did in July 2017. They will not be able to ignore this or forgive this, and you will not be able to excuse it. But you can change that. You have a chance — one chance — to turn July 2017 into a badge of honor instead of an indelible mark of shame. Read more

Identifying identity: Who gets kicked out, and why?

One way to understand such boundaries of identity is to look at who gets kicked out, and why. Trying to figure out who is — or who still is — an “evangelical” is notoriously slippery and difficult. But it’s far easier to determine who is no longer accepted within the group, and why. Read more

Theology, history, and context

“We’re doing history, not theology,” the professor said. That suggests that theology, as opposed to history, is an abstract, objective field in which ideas and arguments and doctrines somehow arise wholly independent of “what else is going on.” It doesn’t work like that. It never has and it never can. Read more

LBCF, No. 144: ‘Two Swell Guys’

“The scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward” (I Timothy 5:18). So tip 20 percent. At least. Divide by five and round up. If you also plan to: A) say grace aloud before the meal; B) ask your server if he/she is “saved;” and/or C) leave a gospel tract on the table when you leave, then make that 40 percent. Read more

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