Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.


Amy @ Watch Keep highlights a rare story of a local church responding appropriately to finding an abuser on its payroll.John Sluder was an associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn, Alabama: His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years.  Lee County Sheriff's detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990's.... [Attorney Ben] Hand represents Believers Church where his father is the pastor. H … [Read more...]

‘Liberal theology’ is not the opposite of political conservatives’ theology


Every once in a while, this needs to be said: "Liberal" politics and "liberal" theology are not the same thing. "Conservative" politics and "conservative" theology are not the same thing. Right-wing politics do not make one theologically "conservative" or orthodox. Left-wing politics do not make one theologically "liberal" or heterodox.The theological spectrum does not mirror the political spectrum for many, many reasons, the most important of which being that there is no such thing as the … [Read more...]

Al Mohler: Standing athwart Pentecost and yelling ‘Stop!’

Pentecost stained glass windows at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, Minn., by artist Judy Jennings. (Click photo for full portfolio of Jennings' gorgeous work.)

"I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." -- Acts 2:17 The late William F. Buckley described the mission of his conservative magazine, National Review, this way: "A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop."*Buckley didn't much care when critics said he was "on the wrong side of history." The way he saw it, that was his job.Al Mohler sees that as his job, too. Like Buckley, Mohler prides himself on "standing a … [Read more...]

Free to good home(s): One ginormous ‘Bonfire’ list of blogs by Christian women


OK, so, what happened was I made a list. And then, as sometimes happens, I got kind of carried away.See, this guy had published his list of The Top 200 Christian Blogs or some such, and it turned out to be, like, almost all men. And then when people asked him why he hadn't included more women, he was all, like, "I would have, but there just aren't any out there."This seemed like one of those rare occasions on which being a smartass might actually be constructive, so I first posted the … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.2)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Ethics God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings as they are; not an ideal world, but the real world. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love. God establishes a most intimate unity with this. God becomes human, a real human being. While we exert ourselves to grow beyond our … [Read more...]

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Unlearning the Lies, part 4)


"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." -- Abraham Lincoln This is from Jack Forstman's book Christian Faith in Dark Times. It's the opening paragraph of his second chapter, which discusses the eminent Lutheran theologian Emanuel Hirsch: Emanuel Hirsch was one of the most brilliant persons in the field of theology of his or any other generation. During the 27 years between the end of the Second World War and his death, blind and in poor health, he published a massive, five-volume history … [Read more...]

Unlearning the lies we learned from the theologians of slavery (part 3)


In 1850, at Andover Theological Seminary, the biblical scholar Moses Stuart wrote Conscience and the Constitution with Remarks on the Recent Speech of the Hon. Daniel Webster in the Senate of the United States on the Subject of Slavery.Webster had spoken against "the subject of slavery." Stuart's thought on that subject was, in his view, more nuanced. Like all Very Serious People, he sought a Third Way between polar extremes, taking great care to avoid what he saw as the impieties of the … [Read more...]

Unlearning the lies we learned from the theologians of slavery (part 2)


Jonathan Edwards was a slave-owner.That can be surprising because we tend to think of slavery as a strictly Southern calamity. Edwards was a New Englander who later became president of the college in Princeton and we Americans often prefer to forget that American slavery was once common in places like Massachusetts and New Jersey. Edwards was a clergyman and an intellectual, so unlike George Whitefield -- another prominent figure in the Great Awakening -- he was never involved in a Southern … [Read more...]