Smart people saying smart things (9.3)

Jon Corvino on why renegade Kentucky clerk is not a conscientious objector. Julie Ingersoll on David Barton and Reconstructionism/dominionism. Elias Isquith on Trump and white male anxiety. Derek Penwell on fundamentalism. And T. Christian Miller’s long, depressing investigation on why nobody’s using ViCAP. [Read more...]

Triple murder: ‘Ritualistic Presbyterian killing planned to coincide with the Blue Moon’

MulderWitch22

There was absolutely nothing about this crime scene that should have made any police officer or journalist imagine that this crime had anything to do with Presbyterianism at all. That’s just a nonsense claim fabricated out of whole cloth by a panicked sheriff who seems utterly ignorant about Presbyterianism and Presbyterians. [Read more...]

Public theology 1: Resurrection, vindication and bearing witness

Caravaggio

This story of Thomas, from the 20th chapter of John’s Gospel, is aptly chosen for its relevance to the subject of body cameras, but Pinckney doesn’t simply appeal to the story as a simple parable affirming the value of visual evidence. His argument is framed by his affirmation of resurrection — and thus of vindication. The resurrection and vindication of Jesus Christ becomes the vindication, too, of Walter Scott. [Read more...]

15 Famous Celebs Who Have Committed Horrible Crimes!

Splendor

A Southern Baptist leader comes out as Openly Baptist. Plus: Mr. Wednesday and Mr. Nancy coming to TV; a song suggestion for The Donald; and a complicated eulogy. [Read more...]

‘They made me feel welcome’

Screenshot from Dennis Gilman's "Anti-Islam Protest Attracts Phoenix's Best & Worst" video for the Phoenix New Times. (Click pic for link to full video.)

So just imagine this happens to you, at your church. You arrive for the Sunday morning service and you’re greeted by 250 or so protesters. They’re shouting and angry and they carry guns — lots and lots of guns. And just so there’s no mistaking the focus of their aggressive threats and anger, most of them are wearing T-shirts that say things like “F–k Christianity.” [Read more...]

Walmart.sheep

WalmartSheep

I don’t think Walmart’s lawyers can argue that Walmart.sheep is anti-Walmart. But I think we can argue that Walmart’s business practices are anti-sheep. Also: “Religious liberty” cheerleaders not lining up behind Christian minister who was fined and arrested over a sacrament; End Times predictions (and death-bets) from Little Hagee and Franklin’s sister; and a Kiwi Sikh lives out a Gospel story. [Read more...]

‘Erotic liberty’ — Al Mohler’s new slur is really a sad confession

AlMohler

The phrase “erotic liberty,” as Al Mohler is trying to use it, only makes sense if you accept Mohler’s premise — which is that “erotic” has, and can only have, negative connotations. For Mohler and his Mohlerettes, “erotic” means dirty. It means sex — and sex is a bad, naughty, nasty, filthy thing. For Mohler, in other words, “erotic” means “shameful.” [Read more...]

There must be a better world somewhere

Asked to name "the greatest living president," several 2016 Republican candidates answered "Ronald Reagan." (Click angry Nixon for full story.)

No, Texas: Accurately noticing that many Christians do not give as much as they can to help the poor is not “bashing on the Christian community” — although Jesus, James, and many of the early church leaders did bash on the Christian community for that very reason. Plus: RIP BB King; Republicans name Ronald Reagan the greatest living president; three more things that confound Louis Gohmert; and if you want to be a hero, YNATKC. [Read more...]


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