NAE: Our politicized white theology has nothing to do with politics or race

Even White Jesus must bow down to the "highest authority" of the White Bible.

The National Association of Evangelicals invites you to bow down and worship the “highest authority.” No, not God, silly. The Bible — the “highest authority” before which even White Jesus must kneel in submission. [Read more...]

Say goodbye to the old street


Monday miscellany, including: revisiting the Problem of Susan; Donald Trump’s racist lying tweet; looking forward to April; and a bad month for sleazy debt collectors and “supplement” sellers. [Read more...]

Liberation vs. tribalism


“In order to maintain a voice within the evangelical world and make progress on a single issue,” Deborah Jian Lee writes, “one must toe the conservative line on every other issue.” That’s from her new book, “Rescuing Jesus,” which has been reviewed by Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott — someone whose history makes her an expert on exactly what Lee is describing there. [Read more...]

We, Titus


This isn’t just the “Constantinian” thinking that Empire-criticism theologians constantly rail against. It’s worse than that. Ferguson’s premise isn’t just that imperial Christendom is a legitimate expression of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that this gospel is valuable only to the extent that it enables imperial Christendom. [Read more...]

Standing in the shadow walking blind


The deer have decided it was time to take down our Halloween/autumn decorations. Plus: Jessica Jones, Julia Stiles, Jim Bakker, Jar-Jar Binks, and how direct-mail ecclesiology redefines “prayer.” [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites fell at that time.” [Read more...]

Lancaster County exposes the fraudulent misleadership of GOP governors and candidates


Lancaster County is doing both. It has ended homelessness among veterans in the county and it is welcoming and assisting desperate refugees fleeing ISIS’s brutality in Syria. It is doing both because in order to be the kind of community that is capable of doing one it had to also be the kind of community capable of doing the other. [Read more...]

Please don’t suddenly pretend you care about homeless veterans for just as long as it allows you to oppose helping refugees, because that’s hurting both veterans and refugees and it’s making you miserable


Don’t lie to me and pretend you’re suddenly concerned about the common good right here at home and that that’s why you oppose doing even something as depressingly minimal as sheltering 10,000 refugees. Don’t lie to me and don’t lie to yourself by suddenly pretending that you’re concerned about homeless veterans here in America. No one is fooled by your unconvincing performance of an imitation of concern. No one. Not even you yourself. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.20)

The Economist explains why the investigation and screening that already occurs makes it the least likely route for potential terrorists to try to enter the U.S. Dahlia Lithwick, Laurel Reiman Henneman, and George Takei on the disgraceful history of American concentration camps and the awful Supreme Court validation of them. And Adam Kotsko on the only kind of logic that can lead to this irrational, heartless, fearful politics (Hint: It’s racism). [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 59: ‘Tin Men’


Tim & Jerry are laughing all the way to the bank. They’re reaping millions from these slapdash books without putting in the effort that even a semi-competent novel would require, the effort that their readers deserve. (Jenkins has said that each of the books in the series took him about 28 days to write.) This is a form of stealing. [Read more...]