Be patient, it’s still only the 61st round of the draft


You may or may not believe what I believe about the God revealed in Jesus Christ, but even if you don’t believe it, I hope you’ll take some encouragement from this reminder that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you are infinitely and boundlessly loved — that you are worthy of infinite love. Even if the Wisdom of the Market has declared that your value is that of a sub-living-wage cog. (Plus a bonus baseball analogy.) [Read more...]

I did not get the job: A fundraising post

I had a job interview on Thursday and it seemed to go well. I think it actually did go well. But I didn’t get the job. And I really, really needed that job. [Read more...]

Dear Wheaton, et. al., here’s what to do next time

Your college is getting angry emails and phone calls due to misrepresentations of what one of your professors said. What can you do? Well, you can start by responding to falsehood with truth — by correcting the widespread misinformation rather than reaffirming it. You’re in the education business. Do your job. [Read more...]

Wheaton’s official story collapses

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New reports clearly demonstrate he disingenuous pretense of the administration’s focus on “theological concerns” about Hawkins’ remarks. They recognized that her statement was theologically “innocuous,” yet sprung into action under the pretext that those innocuous words presented some grave theological concern. These reports also show that Wheaton’s white administrators treated a black woman very differently than they treated white male professors who said similar things. [Read more...]

Ashes to ashes

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“The son of a waitress and a nightclub owner, David Jones became David Bowie, who became Ziggy Stardust, who became Aladdin Sane, who became the Thin White Duke. All of them were fictitious. All of them became iconic. …” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.10)

Tim Cunningham on the people who kept you from getting Ebola. Larry R. Morrison on the invention of the slave-owners’ doctrine of “biblical inerrancy.” And more smart things from Fredrick Robinson, Cynthia Meyer, and Musa Okwonga. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 63: ‘Executive Intelligence Review’


The authors behave as they imagine God behaves. They have a plot that must move forward and they will advance that plot even if it means causing, then callously disregarding, the suffering of billions of people. Plot trumps — and tramples on, and violates — character. Here, once more, Bad Writing and Bad Theology intersect. [Read more...]

Wheaton College moves closer to its goal of an all-white faculty


Dr. Larycia Hawkins, Dave Gushee, and J.R. Daniel Kirk all have a hard time believing Wheaton College’s weird theological pretext for firing a tenured professor. That’s probably because Wheaton College administrators are lying their lily-white behinds off in claiming that this nakedly political, racist power-play has anything at all to do with Christianity. [Read more...]

A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism

Publisher Thomas Nelson withdrew David Barton's "The Jefferson Lies" due to its many inaccuracies. If Barton's patron, Ted Cruz, gets the GOP nomination, it could become required reading for white evangelicals.

If the Republican Party winds up rallying behind Ted Cruz, then the gatekeepers of white evangelicalism will fall in line. They’ll do so partly out of reflexive partisan loyalty, but partly out of financial necessity, because many of the same big donors who have contributed more than $38 million to David Barton’s pro-Cruz super-PAC are the same rich white guys who write big checks supporting mainstream white evangelical institutions. And that will be bad news for the evangelical critics of Barton and Bartonism. [Read more...]