‘God hates shrimp’: Picking and choosing among abominations

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The key thing to notice when asking this question of white evangelicals in America is that they don’t usually try to answer it. They don’t respond with a hermeneutical argument for how to approach the Bible, but rather with a defense of their affirmation of particular commandments. Such non-answers don’t provide an explanation of the principles by which we can determine whether or not a biblical teaching ought to be regarded as binding. They offer, instead, after-the-fact, ad hoc rationalizations — attempts to defend our current practice by creating some retroactive explanation for them. I want to look here at three popular variations on this non-answer. [Read more...]

A radically un-radical, conservative call for ‘full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the church’

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David Gushee’s “Changing Our Mind” calls for a church in which “the rules are the same” for all Christians — regardless of sexual orientation. That’s the radically un-radical core of his message. And maybe also the un-radically radical aspect of it. It doesn’t seek to amend or to overturn conservative Christian ideas about marriage and sexual ethics, only to expand them to apply equally to LGBT Christians as well. [Read more...]

‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

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Tone is always irrelevant when you’re telling someone that you are not capable of welcoming people like them. It’s never possible to exclude people nicely. It’s the act that wounds, not the words that dress it up. Jesus is telling this woman that he is not capable of welcoming her. He is telling her that he will not heal her sick daughter. No words can make that worse and no words can make it better. [Read more...]

What’s going on with the Vatican?

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“Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the Synod on the Family asks. It’s a question Christians have been asking since at least the book of Acts. It’s also a yes-or-no question, and for the Vatican, both those answers still seem in play. [Read more...]

Why do so many people get Peter’s vision upside-down and backwards?

So why is it that the story of Peter’s vision in Acts 10 & 11 seems so bewildering to so many people? The story isn’t exactly subtle. Peter himself explicitly states What This Vision Means several times in the story itself. So how is it that so many people read this story and come away [Read More...]

Erick Erickson says that the Apostle Peter is an idiot who doesn’t understand the vision God gave to the Apostle Peter

This is Francesco Trevisani's 1709 painting of "Peter Baptizing the Centurion Cornelius." Erick Erickson says Trevisani is not "really" a Christian because his painting suggests this story is about people and not shellfish. If it were up to Erickson, this would be a painting of Peter Eating Shrimp and Cheesesteaks.

“God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.” If you miss that, you’ve missed the entire book of Acts. If you miss that, you miss the entire gospel. Erick Erickson missed that. [Read more...]

7 @ 9: The countdown’s getting lower ev’ry day

I would also like to see a debate between Al Mohler and this 9,550-year-old spruce tree.

Instead of Bill Nye, I would like to see a formal debate between young-Earth creationist Ken Ham and a 6.5-meter core sample taken from a peat bog in Switzerland. Aww yeah, Acts 10 & 11, baby. More Jerks for Jesus. One problem with trying to write while the tribal gatekeepers are looking over your shoulder. Frank Luntz agonistes. [Read more...]

Today’s Daily Blog of the Day: Queer Eye for God’s World

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To boldly endorse queer theology in the church takes courage. To patiently explain such theology takes wisdom. Joseph N. Goh is doing both of those things — in Malaysia. [Read more...]


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