NAE: Our politicized white theology has nothing to do with politics or race

Even White Jesus must bow down to the "highest authority" of the White Bible.

The National Association of Evangelicals invites you to bow down and worship the “highest authority.” No, not God, silly. The Bible — the “highest authority” before which even White Jesus must kneel in submission. [Read more...]

Lectionary line (11.14)

Here are my predictions for the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary you’ll be hearing preached on in sermons this Sunday, ranked from least- to most-likely. [Read more...]

Just before it all blows to pieces

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To tea-party Republicans in Maine, Episcopalians are dangerous “anti-Christian bigots.” Plus: An inspiring conversion narrative from Libby Anne; Scarlett Johansson reads the Bible; Mansonite white terrorists; and the red-cup guy battles imaginary Satanists while real Satanists take “GetReligion” to school. [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s pompous piety can’t make chicken soup out of the chicken-poop argument invented to justify slavery

LEFT: Abysmally, utterly, perversely and completely wrong on the most important biblical and theological question of his day. RIGHT: Still repeating the same argument. Still wrong.

Al Mohler is not saying anything Southern Baptists haven’t said for 170 years. He is only taking their argument and altering a handful of words in five paragraphs to apply it to a new subject. By restoring his op-ed to something more like the original ca.-1845 template Mohler is copying from and re-applying we can see not just how and why Mohler’s argument is wrong. We can see how and why Mohler himself has to know that it has been wrong all along. [Read more...]

I’m glad Westboro Baptist is protesting meteorology


Our imagined “biblical stance” on meteorology changed in exactly the way that, for many American Christians, our “biblical stance” on biology never did. We Christians easily, almost imperceptibly, changed the way we understood all those Bible passages about the weather. But for many American Christians, doing the very same thing with all those Bible passages about the origins of life is portrayed as a grave and dangerous sin. [Read more...]

Lectionary line

My pick for this week’s sermon has everybody’s favorite passage from Ruth edging out a fine, but maybe too Mark-ish, entry from Mark’s Gospel. This week’s Psalm is a dark-horse contender, but the New Testament reading seems like a hopeless longshot. [Read more...]

Joseph and the Appalling Tyrannical Despot


John Calvin also found this Just So story of Joseph and Pharaoh difficult and distressing. Calvin thought this story was something to be contended with. His commentary on Genesis 47 flails about when it gets to this story, trying on various arguments to “defend Joseph” from what appears to be “the height of cruel and inexplicable avarice” and a “miserable spectacle” in which Joseph “abused their penury.” [Read more...]

The various endings of the Gospel of Mark (part 2)


Inerrantists insist that we needn’t worry about the many examples of scribal errors, transcription mistakes, mistranslations in or out of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German or English. God has been intervening, they say, providentially ensuring that our copies of copies of copies and our translations of translations of translations still allow us access to the original perfection of the long-lost inerrant biblical autographs. [Read more...]