‘You don’t get to pick and choose’

The particulars of the dispute have changed over the centuries, but the argument remains the same. The two sides of the argument are still arguing the very same thing. “You can’t pick and choose texts,” one side says. And the other side responds, “No, you can’t pick and choose people.” [Read more…]

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Religious gatekeepers would not like Philip the evangelist

Somehow, though, the Apostle Paul didn’t rebuke Philip and his daughters for violating all those clobber texts that insist that women must keep silent in the church. Instead, while enjoying his time there in Philip’s house, Paul himself seems to have cheerfully and enthusiastically ignored all those clobber texts. That’s kind of interesting, considering that Paul himself supposedly wrote them. I guess that just goes to show what a bad influence Philip could be, and why it’s dangerous to allow people like him to remain in the church. [Read more…]

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The white evangelical army of hate is hurting people and redefining ‘Christianity’

The word “Christian” ought to mean something at least vaguely Christ-ish. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with Fr. Nary’s radical hospitality than with the brutality of the anti-Balaka. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with World Vision’s gospel-driven service to the poorest than with the sanctimonious contempt of the white evangelical bullies. But when the armies of hate are on the march, insisting that “We are Christians and we do this because we are Christians and because this is what Christians do,” then we have to recognize that the word is changing for the worse, whether we like it or not. [Read more…]

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Franklin Graham’s hateful lies and opportunism winning Huzzahs from white evangelicals

“Yeah, sure,” Graham says, smirk-grinning. His response isn’t an attempt to convince the interviewer that this “recruitment” slur is true, or even to convince the interviewer that he really believes what he is saying. It is, rather, an appeal to the interviewers’ sophistication. The sense is, Yeah, I went there — I’ll go as far as I need to go to win. He’s proud of that. [Read more…]

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Same old story, same old act: A song for World Vision, and for Jesus Jerks everywhere

“We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact …” [Read more…]

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The Gospel Coalition is very upset with those who refuse to participate in their lie

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to attempt such a lie. Try to picture doing this. You walk up to another person, you look them in the eye, human face to human face, and you say, “You do not exist.” In what universe can you imagine that such a lie could ever be persuasive? What is the expectation there? Is the other person supposed to just blink out of existence? [Read more…]

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If the comment section of Christianity Today reflects the state of Christianity today, then we need to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over

I do not believe, as it appears, that CT’s comment thread is the work of some of the most awful, self-righteous, fearful, priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth. I believe, rather, that it is the work of people who have been trained to believe that unless they present themselves as the most awful, self-righteous, fearful and priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth then they will be condemned and cast out of their community. [Read more…]

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How evangelical gatekeepers mistake extortion for leadership: A story

The playwright’s husband was a Brit, and evangelical Christians in the UK don’t carry the same 19th-century cultural baggage as evangelical Christians in America do. But still, he knew that many American evangelicals regarded beer-drinking as sinful and theologically fraught. He understood that it wouldn’t be prudent for him, as a representative of sorts of a large evangelical organization, to be seen in public drinking a beer. That would be a source of “controversy.” … [Read more…]

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