How did a ‘heart for missions’ lead to contempt?

The “10/40 Window” used to be a big deal in mission conferences at white evangelical churches. Nowadays, white evangelicals seem to view these countries differently. The “10/40 Window” is the region from which white evangelicals want to ban refugees and immigrants. It’s the region white evangelicals want their chosen president to carpet bomb, invade, and steal oil from. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.” [Read more…]

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‘Whole world is wonderin’ what’s wrong with the United States’

Here’s your Saturday protest anthem and open thread, courtesy of the Staple Singers: (And here’s a nice 2017 rendition from Rhiannon Giddens.) [Read more…]

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Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you

That’s what Jesus is saying. “The poor will always be with you” because you are disobedient, hardhearted, exploitative and devious. The presence of poverty is not some inevitable law of the universe, it’s the consequence of sin — your sin, the sin of the wealthy, not the sin of the poor. The fact that the poor are with us is a rebuke. It is evidence of our guilt and failure and wicked thinking. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 124: ‘Management material’

Global Weekly doesn’t seem to have published an issue since before the Rapture, and that was eight days ago. Buck fought for, and was awarded, the responsibility of writing the big cover story on the biggest news story of all time, but before writing a single sentence of it, he flew off to England to research a different story, one which he backed off of, brokering a deal to cover it up. Combine those with his dropping the ball on Nicolae’s big scoop and that’s three strikes. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (3.2.17)

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments … are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more…]

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‘Where I come from’ we claim universal generalities as our peculiar virtues

“Folks ’round here love their families,” the Very Nice man says. “We value hard work and honesty.” And the Very Nice man seems Very Nice, until you realize that what he’s actually saying is that he and his community imagine that other people in other places do NOT love their families and that “those people” do NOT value hard work and honesty. Once you realize this is what they want and need to believe about everyone else, the Very Nice man and his Very Nice community no longer seem quite so nice. [Read more…]

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I don’t have a friend who feels at ease

Comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Plus: Lawless, clueless cops invite a lawsuit from Disney (and from Murdock & Nelson); Don Francisco meets Half-Hanged Mary; religious right diploma mills; and the good news about those awful Family Christian Stores. [Read more…]

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The Pearly Gates are never, ever closed

The Pearly Gates of Heaven are a cliché image in popular culture. Every time a famous person dies, newspaper cartoonists churn out variations of the Famous Person at the Pearly Gates cartoon. The same Pearly Gates scene gets recycled endlessly in movies, TV shows, advertising, and more jokes than we could ever get written down. But in all of that pop-culture imagery and in all the religious folklore built around it, we tend to get one detail of John of Patmos’ vision completely backwards. [Read more…]

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‘It sounds like a whisper’

Here’s Tracy Chapman with your Saturday protest anthem and open thread.   [Read more…]

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