Mike Huckabee is lying. Again.


Former Southern Baptist pastor and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is not an honest man. Huckabee has taken to repeating the lie that President Obama is a God-hating God-hater who refuses to say the word “Creator” when quoting from the Declaration of Independence. This is a lie. Mike Huckabee is lying. And Mike Huckabee is [Read More...]

Love dares you to care for the people on the edge

Happy birthday, Freddie Mercury. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith?” “For the most part, it seems that they eat, crawl and mate on your face without harmful effects.” “The [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Andrew Lloyd Weber and lazy KJV-only monoglots

Via Patheos blogger and New Testament professor James McGrath, I learn that Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has dismissed both of us as “secularists.” I’m a Baptist, and our core belief in “believer’s Baptism” stands in stark opposition to the practice of involuntary baptism into the state church. That makes all of us Baptists [Read More...]

A deed of emancipation


I had never heard of Robert Carter III until I read this post from Warren Throckmorton last month. The bad news about Carter, who died in 1804, was that he owned Nomini Hall, a large slave plantation in Virginia. He “owned” more than 400 enslaved persons on that plantation. The good news about Carter is [Read More...]

Do ‘something awesome’

The Community Church of the Open Door “did something awesome.” They had a church-wide garage sale. Except at this garage sale, everything was free to anyone in the community who needed it. The Bangor Daily News‘ Nok-Noi Ricker reported on the event at the Hampden, Maine, church: Hundreds of items, donated by church and community [Read More...]

Why I am not a ‘theistic evolutionist,’ etc., part 2


In the first part of this discussion, I objected to the idea that the modifier “theistic” in “theistic evolution,” might simply refer to the believe held by us theists of God’s pervasive providence. The problem, we noted, is that if we’re talking about God’s constant presence in all things, that can’t explain the use of [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Neil Williams: “Does Christianity promote tribalism?” What I am concerned about is something different — an exclusive mentality that leads to indignation, shunning, meanness, oppression, violence, and even murder. Again, Christianity’s record is sullied. Common examples include the Crusades, Inquisition, and witch-hunts. But there are many others. For example, Philip Jenkins in “Jesus Wars” mentions [Read More...]

Right-wing ‘Messiah,’ ex-con Sun Myung Moon dies at 92


Korean religious leader Sun Myung Moon — a self-proclaimed Messiah, conservative political donor, and owner of a media and real-estate empire — has died at the age of 92. Daniel Burke of Religion News Service sketches Moon’s odd rise, his views and his legacy. Steve Hassan describes how life once looked to him from inside [Read More...]

‘Hate sits alone on the hood of his car’

More of that conservative red-state generosity.

“He tells me that he ‘absolutely loved’ Johnny Cash, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ being a new favorite.” “The people most likely to misreport high levels of giving were those who said faith was very important to them and those who attend services more than weekly.” “In 2012, some have difficulty remembering when all Americans knew that [Read More...]

Hospitality is better than ‘outreach’

Evangelism is hospitality. And Addie Zierman explains why inflatable Sumo Suits and marketing hype are not the best form of hospitality. Zierman’s post is titled “Outreach Events and the Old Bait-and-Switch.” That tactic — “bait-and-switch” — is from the world of sales. Evangelism should never be about sales or selling or marketing. In the context [Read More...]