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...]

Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly … in bed

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All the rest of what we think of as ethics shouldn’t stop at the bedroom door, replaced there by the separate sub-category of “sexual ethics.” Rather than risk segregating “sexual ethics” from the rest of our ethics, we might be better served by some variation of that silly game we play with fortune cookies. We should reaffirm what we already know or believe about ethics … “in bed.” [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...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.22)

Greta Christina on “A Woman’s Room Online;” Isabel Wilkerson on “the haunting symmetry of a death every three or four days;” The Church for All Sinners and Saints on, well, the church for all sinners and saints; Yvette Cantu Schneider on the death of the “ex-gay” movement; and Alastair Roberts on (white) “evangelical folk religion.” [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)

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Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [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...]


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