Walls, women and an ongoing argument


“We are God’s children,” all Christians say. For some, that means we are exceptional and special, elect and uniquely blessed so that we will be given “the remnant of Edom” — the plunder taken from those others who are not God’s children. For some that means we have a calling and a commission — an exceptional obligation to invite and include “all other peoples.” [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Benjamin & Jabesh-gilead. [Read more...]

Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney


“Let’s all embrace the future — stop pretending we care about each other and start hoarding canned goods.” [Read more...]

The predatory providence of ‘pro-life’ Richard Mourdock (part 2)


Is Richard Mourdock’s extreme politics the consequence of his odious theology? Or is his odious theology a consequence of his extreme politics? It doesn’t matter. Whichever one he latched onto first was bound to introduce the other. The two things require one another and cannot be separated. Politics twists theology which deforms politics which warps theology which … [Read more...]

Obama and the ‘social justice tradition’ of American Christianity

Image via The Niebuhr Society.

Scot McKnight on the difference between the white Social Gospel and the social justice tradition of the black church: “A theology done from the oppressed and for the oppressed is not the same as a theology done from the position of power and privilege.” [Read more...]

The angels have lost their desire for us


Some links to read before the power goes out: “How to give a cat a pill” … verses from the Koran at high school pep rallies … bad rituals and snake handlers … Aristotelian ethics in professional wrestling … 40 years of unpersuasive propaganda … laughing at LifeWay … and the Angel of the Gap. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Psalm 72:13-14 — “He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.” [Read more...]

The aurora is rising behind us


Keep safe if you’re in the path of the Frankenstorm. … Obama’s CFPB sides with humans against credit-rating agencies. … 19 out of 20 people who work in collections misunderstand karma. … John Sununu only votes for white guys. … The return of the lustful cockmonster. … The dire musical consequences of a Romney regime. [Read more...]

A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote to deny care to the sick

That's Violet McManus on the right. If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are -- unambiguously and undeniably -- voting to repeal her health care.

When you vote for Mitt Romney, you vote to deny health care to sick people. This is not theoretical, this is not hypothetical and this is not rhetorical: These are actual, flesh-and-blood real people with names and faces. These are millions of your neighbors. And this is a real and significant harm that you will be doing to them. [Read more...]

Fighting for a system built to fail


Anti-science Republican Rep. Paul Broun is unopposed on the ballot for re-election to his U.S. Congress seat from Georgia. But Broun — the “lies from the pit of Hell” guy — is now facing a bipartisan challenge. Georgians who care about reality are waging a write-in campaign for Charles Darwin. [Read more...]