"What will replace it has not yet become clear"

From Brian McLaren at the Huffington Post: It’s obvious neither the voices of the poor themselves nor ours raised in solidarity with them are being heard by most of our fellow evangelicals. Instead, they seem to be tuned in to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and others like them. They’ve discovered that [Read More...]

Mike Warnke and Marriage Equality

Mike Warnke was a con artist. He traveled the country for years, packing the pews of evangelical churches with his message of salvation from Satan, selling thousands of books and records while hauling in millions in donations for the children he had supposedly rescued from the clutches of Satan-worshipping abusers. Warnke arrived in churches like [Read More...]

All that remains is a fragment of song

The Revealer brings us news of a study on the religious right’s bold new campaign to stand up for bullies and bullying. Among the groups bravely fighting for the right of the strong to torment the weak are the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association. Basically, any group with [Read More...]

Ladling calculation upon comedy

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon asks “Why are Christian movies so awful?” I think the answer, as I suggested a while back, is because American evangelicalism distrusts metaphor: American evangelical Christians do not like metaphor. That’s not strong enough. They fear metaphor. It terrifies them, and so they despise it, reject it and forbid it wherever [Read More...]

Love and Holiness

I don’t want to just leave this to a footnote in a Left Behind post, because it’s much, much more than just a footnote in the Gospels, in Paul and in the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures: There is no such thing as holiness apart from love. This is a frequent, vehement, anvilicious theme in [Read More...]

The parable of the erratically forgiving master

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his [Read More...]