Post-it burkas and the ongoing anti-Pentecost backlash

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From the mean streets of Chicago comes news, via Emily Joy on Twitter, of an odd bit of guerrilla-style culture war at Moody Bible Institute. A bus-stop advertisement on the street outside of one of Moody’s boys’ dorms was perceived as tawdry and lascivious due to the Chanel model’s barely perceptible hint of the shadow of a side-boob. Side-boob is the devil’s playground, but the righteous men of Moody stood fast against the wiles of the evil one, quickly constructing a makeshift burka out of Post-it notes. [Read more...]

Who is [always, constantly] burning black churches?

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We don’t have readily available data on the historic or current rates of arson attacks targeting black churches. We thus don’t know if the current wave of reports of such attacks represents an increase in the number of incidents or an increase in the amount of attention paid to them in the media. Whether or not the number or rate of such attacks is currently on the rise, the more important fact is that such attacks on black churches in America have never stopped. [Read more...]

A prayer in a sanctuary

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“God, we welcome and invite you into this place, your house. We thank you for the spirit that dwells here. The spirit of Denmark Vesey. The spirit of R.H. Cain. The spirit of Dr. King. The spirit of many of the unsung heroes of our people. But we also thank you, God, for all persons who come seeking to expand their horizons and seeking to learn more about what our country is made of and what makes us who we are as a people and as a country.” [Read more...]

It’s Heresy Sunday — don’t fall for the trap

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The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery. Or, more specifically, it’s an attempt at articulating mystery. You’re expected to affirm it, but anything you try to say beyond that can and will be used against you to convict you of heresy. It’s a trap, an efficient machine for the manufacture of “heresies” — with “heresy” there being defined as a failure to define the infinite in the way that orthodoxy supposes it has somehow managed to do. [Read more...]

Walmart.indricotherium

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Some 50 million years ago, the ancestors of the rhinoceros ruled the world. But they’ve tapired off since then. Also: Greenland looks good on the map; the incomprehensible claim of Christianity; and how the market for donations from credulous and fearful white Christians is like the market for fizzy sugar water. [Read more...]

The ‘CharlieCharlieChallenge’ doesn’t lead to demonic possession — but it can nurture credulity and willful ignorance, which is worse

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The “CharlieCharlieChallenge,” like Ouija boards, is pretty dumb. But neither of those is as bad as the overwrought condemnation of such things by Christians who fear them because they believe they’re actually supernatural. See, Robert Johnson folklore is not actually orthodox Christian theology. And even if you play “CharlieCharlie” at midnight at a Delta crossroads and sign a contract in blood, you can’t actually sell your soul to the devil. That’s not an actual thing. [Read more...]

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...]


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