The God who brought you out of Egypt

I suppose part of what gets to me about Alabama’s harsh new papers-please law and its crackdown on Sooners is that this is the same state that spent much of the past decade boasting of its fealty to the (Protestant formulation of the) Ten Commandments. The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, Roy [Read More...]

Jim Wallis and Believe Out Loud, Part 2

When I worked for Evangelicals for Social Action — a progressive evangelical group in the same general orbit as Sojourners — one of our big supporters liked to tell the story of his first encounter with Ron Sider and Sider’s book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. He was furious. He read just enough [Read More...]

My hope is built on nothing less

There’s a bit of a thing brewing over Jim Wallis of Sojourners and his response to an advertisement from Believe Out Loud — a movement “to unite Christians for LGBT equality in the church and beyond.” The always insightful Sarah Posner has an excellent and thorough overview of the dispute at Religion Dispatches. (For some [Read More...]

Flashback: Biblical baby names

The Social Security Administration has released it’s annual list of the most popular baby names, with Jacob and Isabella topping the lists for boys and girls. Plenty of biblical names among the most popular, with Sophia shooting up to the No. 2 spot for girls’ names. I doubt any of the credit for that surge [Read More...]

Easter Saturday

(With the new site, I’m reposting this from last year.) 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, [Read More...]

Love and Holiness

I don’t want to just leave this to a footnote in a Left Behind post, because it’s much, much more than just a footnote in the Gospels, in Paul and in the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures: There is no such thing as holiness apart from love. This is a frequent, vehement, anvilicious theme in [Read More...]

The parable of the erratically forgiving master

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his [Read More...]

Clobberin' time

Wheaton College grad Cathleen Falsani asks, "Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?" That's an optimistic question, and Falsani wants to give an optimistic answer. "A growing number of evangelical leaders," she writes, are publicly refusing to categorize homosexuality as a sin. As an example of this rising tide, she cites Jay Bakker, son [Read More...]