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…]
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…]
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…]
It would be wrong and unfair for us to make a facile leap to the conclusion that just because the Gospel Coalition’s views on legal equality for LGBT people are identical to the views of Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin, it automatically means that they are in the wrong. But as long as we’re thoughtfully considering all of the possibilities and potential implications of this agreement, we should note that it is also quite possible that Mugabe and Putin are as horrendously wrong in their views on this issue as they tend to be horrendously wrong about everything else. And if that’s the case — if this view is of a piece with the immoral, abusive, unjust and oppressive immorality that shapes everything else these strongmen believe — then it would seem to be a Very Bad Thing to find oneself agreeing with them. [Read more…]
“Initial media reports linked the death of the pony to satanic cults and ritualistic killing,” the police said in a statement. “The police have sought the advice of experts and have come to the view that the death of this pony was through natural causes. All the injuries can be attributed to those caused by other wild animals. This incident received significant media reporting, some of which was clearly sensationalist.” [Read more…]
The theology of assholes: More on ‘the insolent and sicklily squeamish mind’ of The Gospel Coalition
Everybody has one. I have one. So do you. So’s your mother. Jesus had one. Adam and Eve both had them, even before the Fall. God made them. And “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” So if you’re skeeved out by the existence of assholes — if you wish you didn’t have one, or if you wish that other people didn’t have them — then you’ve wandered into the realm of Bad Theology. [Read more…]
The “Gospel Coalition’s” Thabiti Anyabwile imagines — in great detail — what other couples may do together in private, and then suggests that their private acts are somehow more shameful than his public fascination with other people’s private acts. The man is a peeping tom — and also, apparently, the World’s Most Awkward Sexter.