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...]

‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

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Tone is always irrelevant when you’re telling someone that you are not capable of welcoming people like them. It’s never possible to exclude people nicely. It’s the act that wounds, not the words that dress it up. Jesus is telling this woman that he is not capable of welcoming her. He is telling her that he will not heal her sick daughter. No words can make that worse and no words can make it better. [Read more...]

What’s going on with the Vatican?

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“Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the Synod on the Family asks. It’s a question Christians have been asking since at least the book of Acts. It’s also a yes-or-no question, and for the Vatican, both those answers still seem in play. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.5)

David Sheff, “If You Want to See Inequality in the US at its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot” When I reached the front of the line, I handed the clerk my credit card, on which she charged $472. I retrieved my car and drove home. I left behind the roomful of my fellow citizens, a [Read More...]

Renovation and conversion

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This renovation, or conversion, of a cathedral requires us to think about the way space and design serve the focus of worship. Or how they may shape the focus of worship — how they determine what it is we think of when we think of “worship” at all. [Read more...]

Memphis in the meantime baby

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Action News — and the Jay-walking embarrassments they find to contribute to their ignoramus-on-the-street interviews — only imagine this is news because of the unspoken, and false, assumption that governs this “report.” That assumption is that there is no such thing as a non-Christian, only an anti-Christian. And, therefore, anything that is not an enthusiastic endorsement must be a vicious attack. [Read more...]


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