LBCF, No. 160: ‘Transactions’

Bruce’s assertion there about “perilous times” in which we can’t know “how much … time we have” is another reminder of how premillennial dispensationalism is shaped by the denial of death. What mortals these fools be. Read more

Christmas [stuff]

The Christmas stuff starts arriving in early September. It has to because shortly after that, in early October, it’s going on the shelves. Christmas “stuff” isn’t what you call it, though. Read more

Fundamentalists and Other White Evangelicals Who Support Roy Moore

For both flavors of evangelical, “God Save America” means revival — and that means ensuring a Republican majority in the Senate to confirm “conservative” judges who will restore Gilded Age jurisprudence. Read more

Roy Moore Misrepresented Pastors’ Support (Creepy Bigot Also Turns Out to be Dishonest)

This is, apparently, less utterly disgraceful than the way Moore presented it. It’s still disgraceful, mind you — still indefensible, sinful, ugly and evil — just not disgraceful in quite the way that Moore made it seem. Read more

Churches List Themselves as Unsafe for Children

The pastors of these churches chose, on their own, to come forward and to announce publicly that their communities are unwilling and unable to protect children, and that their churches will, in fact, eagerly defend adults who prey on them. Read more

LBCF, No. 159: ‘Buck and the preacher’

Look again at that initial summary — “being raised in a Christian home, going to Bible college, marrying a Christian, becoming a pastor, the whole thing” — and see if even the authors themselves don’t sound a bit bored by the mundane tedium of it. Read more

Roy Moore is Even Worse than You Thought

Disgraced former judge Roy Moore has always seemed like a caricature of some Southern Gothic monster — some bastard creation pieced together out of left-overs from Tennessee Williams and Flannery O’Connor and maybe a pinch of Carl Hiassen. Today we learned he’s worse than we knew. Read more

‘They are filled with new wine’

Part of what the disciples were struggling with, I think, was the mistaken idea that Pentecost had to be a zero-sum game. If we start letting in the Pamphylians and Cyrenians, then won’t we have to kick somebody else out to make room? Read more

Mass-murder enlisted to ease disappointing lack of civil war

The resentful right predicted a civil war on Saturday. You may have noticed that did not happen. No violence, no riots, not a single public beheading. The resentful right noticed this too, and it ticked them off. Read more

Devout and pious killers

The crime is saturated with white evangelical piety. It seems to have been planned during prayer sessions, most of which was otherwise spent in actual prayer, with the conspirators just, Lord, just asking, Lord, to just give them the strength, to just, Lord, get away with murder. Read more

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