‘Make the phones ring off the hook — with REAL calls’

Ben Wikler of MoveOn wrote a helpful Twitter thread recently on why it’s a really bad idea to call multiple members of Congress pretending to be a constituent of theirs. That’s a very specific bit of advice about one very specific thing. But it is not only that. [Read more…]

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Ralph Reed still betting on white evangelical suckers

Ralph Reed avoided prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff casino-lobbying scandal. That’s the best you can say for him. He managed to participate in Abramoff’s schemes and scams, and to get very rich doing so, yet somehow skated by as an unindicted co-conspirator. [Read more…]

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We all gonna get it in due time

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Ms. Nina Simone: “They keep on sayin’ ‘go slow,’ but that’s just the trouble …” [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Give We, the People, your justice, O God. … May we defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 138: ‘Buck & Hattie & Ray & Chloe’

For the first time, Jerry Jenkins brings all four major characters together in the same place. And yet, somehow, he still manages to have that scene include several phone calls among them. [Read more…]

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A groovy relic of the forbidden evangelical past

For my birthday I bought myself a book that’s almost as old as I am. It’s from 1975, as you may be able to tell from the groovy cover design. Even Zondervan Press covers were groovy in the ’70s. [Read more…]

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Soap, soup, and support for Supreme Court nominees who will overturn Roe v. Wade

It seems to me that this Great Commission objection has waned in the 21st century. I would count that as a positive development, except that I fear it has simply been replaced by something else that’s even worse. Sixty years ago and 30 years ago, white evangelicals instinctively evaluated every cause or “issue” by weighing it against the paramount concern of proclamation evangelism. Today, instead, everything is weighed against the paramount concern of abortion politics. [Read more…]

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The Late Great Planet Earth

The major source of hesitation was still the worry that such other causes — whatever their merits — might distract from the paramount priority of proclaiming the gospel. That was Job No. 1, after all. Jesus commanded us to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” not to go ye unto all the world and recycle. Go ahead and worry about saving the ozone layer, but only if it doesn’t distract you from the higher priority duty of saving sinners. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Then she pulled the head out of the bag and showed it to them, and said, ‘See here, the head of Holofernes, the commander of the Assyrian army, and here is the canopy beneath which he lay in his drunken stupor. The Lord has struck him down by the hand of a woman.'” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 137: ‘Buck’s soul-searching’

The authors want to treat Buck’s dawning faith as a typical representation of a typical conversion experience, but Buck is far from typical. The game here is rigged. Unlike those of us here in the real world, Buck has already seen proof of God’s existence. He has seen the hand of God swatting aside nuclear missiles like snowflakes. Buck’s report on that undeniably, unambiguously supernatural event, the authors say, won him a Hemingway Prize. It would also have won him a $1 million check from the Amazing Randi. [Read more…]

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