Dives has apologized, Lazarus needs to learn how to forgive


The Parable of the Penitent Public Figure and the Unforgiving Patriarch Who Refused to Accept His Apology Like Jesus Commanded describes some very un-Christlike behavior on the part of Abraham and Lazarus. They don’t seem to understand that they have a duty to accept Dives’ apology and forgive him unconditionally. [Read more...]

The gospel of misogyny

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Mark Driscoll’s so-called “apology” only reinforces and restates his gospel of misogyny. He apologizes for his tone and his language because, in his eyes, repeatedly comparing his targets to women is the worst possible thing anyone could say. Everything Driscoll identifies as bad, weak, dirty or evil he characterizes as feminine. Everything Driscoll identifies as feminine he characterizes as bad, weak, dirty or evil. He hasn’t apologized for that. He still doesn’t realize that is wrong. [Read more...]

Warning signs, how to help, and planning for safety


If you live in the Seattle area, there is help available. If you worship at a church in Seattle, there is help available. If you’re married to someone who works at a church in Seattle, there is help available. [Read more...]

Meteorologists explain the direction of the wind


“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan said. And we also shouldn’t need moral theologians with formal training to tell us that the leadership of our churches should consist of “individuals who are neither perpetrators nor enablers of abuse.” But apparently we do. [Read more...]

Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.


Those first two sentences cut to the heart of the matter: “Tears for the victims. Anger at the perpetrator.” That provides the basis for a very simple test for whether we’re opposing evil or abetting it. Who are we angry at? Who are we crying for? [Read more...]

Forget about those kids, real, true Christians are the real victims here


This story is several months old, but it’s worth revisiting, I think, because it illustrates part of the mentality that led to the whole recent Leadership Journal debacle. When you’re busily trying to pretend that you’re persecuted and victimized for your righteousness, you’re never going to be able to see, let alone care about, actual victims. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.20)


Flannery O’Connor assesses Ayn Rand. Christian Piatt and Carolyn Dupont on churches grappling with equality. Jim Wright asks what it was all for. Claire Gordon interviews the victims revictimized by Bob Jones University. [Read more...]

They took down that post


Leadership Journal is decidedly and determinedly an institution at the heart of white evangelical institutionalism. That’s not an arena where the voices of women are usually able to make themselves heard. Especially not young women (and “young,” in Christianity Today terms, means anybody under 50). And not young women who don’t have a market or media platform or any formal, institutional support. And most especially not young women who ask too many questions, or who are too vocally critical of white evangelical purity culture, or who do not have the proper Official Stance opposing LGBT people and feminism. [Read more...]