Episcopalian and evangelical are not exclusive categories

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This transparent heads-I-win, tails-you-lose cooking of the books happens all the time with all of the so-called “mainline” denominations. When it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they dismiss the whole thing as a hive of post-Christian liberalism. And then, when it is convenient for evangelicals to do so, they argue that the denomination is actually mostly made up of good evangelicals. [Read more...]

‘I was homeless, and you chased me away …’

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“There is a way to keep safe, clean grounds while helping our homeless neighbors — and it’s both easier and harder than installing sprinkler systems or putting up fences. It requires the investment of time and resources to build relationships, listen and help.” [Read more...]

24 warning signs that your evangelical friend might be about to ‘depart’ for the Episcopal Church

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Evangelical gatekeepers have been wringing their hands over the departure of yet another once-saved Christian, now lost to the clutches of the Episcopal Church. Are your evangelical friends safe from the menace of creeping Episcopalianism? Here are 24 warning signs to watch out for. [Read more...]

I wish that everybody had a friend like my second-best friend

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A Florida “church” takes that whole “become all things to all people” a bit too far. We’re spending billions for an inferior version of tap water — how is that not really dumb? Plus: evangelical primitivism, the edges of worship, and more on the zombie lie of the narrative of decline. [Read more...]

Appalling results from a small study of college men highlight a public safety emergency

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First, let’s be clear — this is a single study from a single location with a tiny sample size. I mention this not as a criticism of the study, but because it’s something I’ve been repeating over and over to try to reassure myself that maybe the world isn’t as horrible as this study seems [Read More...]

A change of tone requires a change of substance: Southern Baptists learning that others can hear them talk

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One phrase that came up again and again when the Southern Baptist Convention named its new spokesman was “media savvy.” Richard Land, who served for decades as chief of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was a media dinosaur. Russell Moore, who replaced him as the denomination’s primary public face, seemed to have a [Read More...]

A radically un-radical, conservative call for ‘full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the church’

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David Gushee’s “Changing Our Mind” calls for a church in which “the rules are the same” for all Christians — regardless of sexual orientation. That’s the radically un-radical core of his message. And maybe also the un-radically radical aspect of it. It doesn’t seek to amend or to overturn conservative Christian ideas about marriage and sexual ethics, only to expand them to apply equally to LGBT Christians as well. [Read more...]

This is a big deal: David Gushee’s ‘Changing Our Mind’

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“It is difficult to overstate the potential impact of Gushee’s defection. His Christian ethics textbook, Kingdom Ethics, co-authored with the late Glen Stassen, is widely respected and was named a 2004 Christianity Today book of the year. He serves as theologian-in-residence for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a coalition of 15 theological schools, 150 ministries, and 1,800 Baptist churches nationwide. … Gushee is not someone who can be easily dismissed.” [Read more...]


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