As one by one the lights go out

The “Jade Helm” military training exercise ends without anything like any of the right-wing conspiracy theories about it coming true, thereby confirming those theories for the right wing and ensuring that the name Jade Helm will live on, like Whitewater and Benghazi, in the endlessly invoked litany of non-existent proofs of liberal nefariousness. Also: Ranking holiness; glib and woolly moralizing; the arrest of a gamergater; and the Worst Movie Break-In of All Time. [Read more…]

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Baptism is always a political act

Believer’s Baptism requires the separation of church and state. More than that: Believer’s Baptism defiantly asserts the separation of church and state. It declares and demands and demonstrates the separation of church and state. [Read more…]

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Everyone says love is a labor

Former Southern Baptist “ethics” spokesman Richard Land is still talking. Land is still utterly baffled by the concept of consent, and he can’t understand Kids These Days, with their unbiblical notions that sexual ethics should have anything to do with honesty and fidelity. Plus: A Republican governor attacks the police; another fun biblical-studies detective story; and a reminder of Sarah Palin’s old Secret Service nickname (it was not “McKinley”). [Read more…]

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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…]

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

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…]

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Public theology 1: Resurrection, vindication and bearing witness

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…]

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15 Famous Celebs Who Have Committed Horrible Crimes!

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…]

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‘They made me feel welcome’

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…]

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