South Carolina GOP threatens evangelical churches

South Carolina Republicans are pushing a bill that would hold churches criminally and financially liable if any refugees they resettle should ever — at any point in the future — be involved in or accused of negligence or violent crime. The S.C. GOP hopes this bill will intimidate churches into turning their backs on refugees. And they’re hoping that other states will adopt similar legislation. [Read more…]

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Educated men who are almost as ignorant about insurance as they are about human reproduction

Men who don’t understand how sex works or what contraception does are now suing the government, taking their case before a bunch of male Supreme Court justices who have no idea how health insurance works or what contraception does. And this group of ridiculously ignorant men would like to rewrite our laws regarding contraception and health insurance. What could go wrong? [Read more…]

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NRA: A Lesson on evangelism

The congregation of New Hope Village Church embodies what it means to make evangelism a top priority. After spending a long Sunday gathered together to remind one another that evangelism is the most important thing, they’re all fired up to return next week and reaffirm this paramount importance yet again. [Read more…]

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Olly olly oxen free

“Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth.” [Read more…]

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Holy Saturday

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.” — Reinhold Niebuhr [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 74: ‘King of Kings and Capo di tutti capi’

Originally posted January 20, 2006. You can read this entire series, for free, via the convenient Left Behind Index. This post is also part of the ebook collection The Anti-Christ Handbook: Volume 1, available on Amazon for just $2.99. Volume 2 of The Anti-Christ Handbook, completing all the posts on the first Left Behind book, is also now [Read More…]

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Heels

Pat McCrory really, really wants to look in your young daughter’s pants. And the North Carolina governor’s fascination with inspecting the private parts of private citizens is going to wind up costing residents of his state millions of dollars defending the lawsuits that will inevitably 1) challenge, and 2) overturn the law he just signed, which was hastily drafted and passed by Republicans in the state legislature in a special session yesterday. [Read more…]

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I search the world over for my angel in black

John Ehrlichman explains just what the Nixon administration intended when it launched the “War on Drugs.” It wasn’t about drugs. It was about hippies and black people. Plus: John Paul 2 was never “neoliberal;” wrong turns on the “Romans Road;” African Proverbs and old Cherokee stories; and Phyllis Schlafly is still not dead. [Read more…]

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New perspective

Scot McKnight writes that we must read Paul “in a Jewish context in which Judaism is not understood as works righteousness over against which Christianity teaches election by grace.” That’s the “new perspective on Paul,” and it’s really a much bigger deal than most of our dry, academic discussion of it sometimes makes it sound. We’re having to retrace our steps to correct for a wrong turn our theology took almost 500 years ago. [Read more…]

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Fear not

Why I’ve opted not to talk The Only Thing Everyone Is Supposed To Be Talking About this time around. [Read more…]

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