The problem with evangelical sexual ethics is that we haven’t got any

Do we need a “new” Christian sexual ethic? Well, yes. But not because the old one needs replacing. We need a new Christian sexual ethic because we haven’t got an old one to replace. [Read more…]

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Sunday salmagundi

Leftover notes from the week that was, including: Chiune Sugihara, bureaucrat and hero; why we need Saturday and Sunday mail; Mary Lou Retton and the Mennonite menace; Lenny Kravitz sits in; charity produces a confused sports history; imaginary opposites; the trouble with “kids these days;” girls were a diamond’s best friends; and proclaiming the Bible “dead, dead, dead.” [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Didache 4.5-8: “Be not a stretcher forth of the hands to receive and a drawer of them back to give. If you have anything, through your hands you shall give ransom for your sins. Do not hesitate to give, nor complain when you give; for you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. Do not turn away from him who is in want; rather, share all things with your brother, and do not say that they are your own. For if you are partakers in that which is immortal, how much more in things which are mortal?” [Read more…]

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No one expects the Evangelical Inquisition! (part 1)

Here are some brief highlights of a few examples of the Inquisition at work at evangelical colleges and seminaries, where gatekeepers have pursued their ends with fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to inerrancy. In part 1, we’ll look at Shorter University, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. [Read more…]

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More good news for people who like good news

Here are a dozen more good reasons to be happy and hopeful, including: a vote for equality in the UK; the CFPB has got your back; no more Rapiscan at the airport; Chicago cracks down on wage theft; a big year for wind energy; Malala regaining strength, back to terrifying the Taliban; liberation for two more from Westboro Baptist; and a waiter makes the right call, twice. [Read more…]

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Why ‘pro-life’ Christians should support Title IX

Pregnant women have advocates in feminist groups like the National Women’s Law Center. In theory, “pro-life” groups should also be forceful advocates for the legal rights, legal protections, and social benefits that pregnant women need. But that help is not always forthcoming. Sadly, the pro-life movement seems more focused on imposing legal limits to the options facing pregnant women than on creating an environment in which such women have greater options, greater opportunities to thrive. [Read more…]

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Tribal gatekeeper Owen Strachan wants a scalp, doubles-down on dickitude

Birds gotta sing. Fish gotta swim. And the tribal gatekeepers of white evangelicalism gotta be vindictive little jackwagons who try to get people fired. Owen Strachan won’t be satisfied until he turns every evangelical college into Cedarville University. [Read more…]

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This week in End Times mania: Confusing ‘Left Behind’ with reality

Some people have a hard time telling the difference between the Bible and the biblical fan-fiction concocted by Darby, Scofield, Lindsey, LaHaye, Hagee, et. al. And it seems those same people have an even harder time telling the difference between this fiction and reality. These folks have been busy this week. [Read more…]

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Celebrity songs: Boom Boom Mancini to Mike Piazza

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. This week it’s another alphabetical slice of songs named for famous people, including a boxer, a slugger, a scientist, a philosopher, five musicians and a demagogue. [Read more…]

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6 years ago: Who’s the kid?

The top photo here pictures two people, the bottom one pictures nine. But only two of these 11 people are identified by name. [Read more…]

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