Texas evangelicals argue against evangelism

If you’re an evangelical Christian and you find yourself arguing that “religious liberty” means that religious identity is immutable and unchangeable, and therefore that evangelism is unnecessary and impossible, then you need to rethink the trap you’ve set for yourself. [Read more…]

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Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves

DeLong’s apology notes that he hadn’t just misread Sullivan — he had misread the public as a whole. Contra H.L. Mencken, he had actually underestimated the American public’s capacity for goodness and intelligence. Skepticism is necessary. Cynicism leads us astray. Be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves. [Read more…]

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More about the NALT Christian Project

Amethyst Marie: “I am the little girl in Sunday School who’s always the first to raise her hand. I am the girl who gets the lead solo in the Christmas pageant every year. I am the teenager who plays piano for the worship service every fourth Sunday. I am the lady who hosts a small group in her home. I am the teacher in your kids’ Children’s Church. I am the Facebook friend who posts Rachel Held Evans‘ articles on your news feed all the time. I am the friend who prays for you and with you every time you ask. I am Mary Lambert. I am Jason Collins. I am a Christian, and I am not an LGBTQ ally. I AM queer, and I am here.” [Read more…]

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Jesus Is Not At All Like That (my video for the NALT Christians Project)

I never made a YouTube video before, and that probably shows, but when John Shore invited me to contribute one to the NALT Christians Project, I couldn’t say no. (I’ve included the transcript — all the words, but none of the bad lighting and awkwardness.) [Read more…]

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The NALT Christians Project offers permission and an invitation

Here is the testimony of the faithful. Here are Christians from all over the place “unapologetically expressing their full acceptance of LGBT people.” And look! They’re still Christians. This love and acceptance is an expression of their Christian faith, not a rejection of it. [Read more…]

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The Power of Gay is more than more than conquerors

The Power of Gayness is more powerful than death. It is more powerful than life. It is more powerful than angels, rulers, things present or things to come. It is more powerful than powers — more powerful than height, and depth, and everything in all creation. That’s what a lot of Christians keep telling me, anyway, because they keep saying that just being gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, somehow separates people from the love of God. [Read more…]

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Complementarians see women and ‘gag’

For these folks, men’s authority over women and women’s submission to that authority is a central, essential keystone to their whole understanding of Christianity. Take it away and everything falls apart. [Read more…]

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Versus and clobber verses: ‘It’s an almost impossible situation’

But the next word Peter says is “but.” “The Bible says one thing, but …” That’s terrifying for folks like poor Doug Anderson. They revere the Bible as their authority, their lifeline and lifeblood. And so, for them, if “the Bible says” we must never say “but.” If “it is unlawful” then it is unlawful no matter what else the Bible says about a whole theology of welcoming and loving people. [Read more…]

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