Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day


Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.”Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Lot's family in Sodom (Genesis 19:1-29).With special guest John Fugelsang:Bonus Bible passage: Ezekiel 16:48-50As I live, says the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor a … [Read more...]

‘The arguments sounded so similar … that I got them confused’

Bravo Phil Snyder. This is nicely done:* * * * * * * * *Christianity Today reports: "Silver Lining for Churches in Second Circuit Deciding DOMA Is Unconstitutional."Apparently, for CT, every ray of sunshine has a silver lining. Or something.It's pretty amazing when a Christian news-outlet announces a step toward legal equality for minorities by assuring readers that it's not all bad news. There might still be a "silver lining."* * * * * * * * *Southern Baptist … [Read more...]

Family Research Council warns against love, it ‘waters everything down’

Oddly, many evangelicals would gladly hang an "All Are Welcome" banner on their churches, but not one like this, attached to a rainbow flag. "All" doesn't always mean "all." And "welcome" doesn't always mean "welcome." (Photo by Drama Queen via ookaboo.)

At Jesus Creed, RJS shares a nifty video from theologian N.T. Wright. In that video, Wright says: One day, in God’s new heaven and earth reality, Love is the language that we’ll be speaking, and we get to learn it and practice it in advance. It is like learning the songs that they will sing in God’s new world. We learn them and sing them here because we are supposed to people through whom a taste of the new world comes into the present. And again, if you think that that is just private and not s … [Read more...]

Culture warrior baffled by symbol with two short parallel lines


In order to stop the momentum of those un-signing the "Manhattan Declaration," the group's executive director has unveiled a new logo. (Yes, it's an organization now, not just a document -- a manifesto can't cash checks.)Eric Teetsel describes his inspiration for this logo: When I moved to Washington I noticed these small blue stickers with two yellow lines permeating the city. They were on cars, t-shirts, and lamp posts. It wasn’t long before I Googled "blue sticker yellow lines" and d … [Read more...]

Gatekeeper gatecrashes a wedding (stay classy, Get Religion)


Terry Mattingly notes that popular evangelical author and speaker Brian McLaren recently officiated at a same-sex wedding. Mattingly takes this as an opportunity once again to remind everyone that he, Terry Mattingly, has personally discussed religion with Billy Graham.Have you? No? Well Terry Mattingly has. So there.And if that doesn't qualify Terry Mattingly to separate the wheat from the chaff, what possibly could?In his role as someone who has, personally, discussed the meaning … [Read more...]

If N.J. archbishop John Myers is right, then only Catholic marriage should be legal (and all Protestants are living in sin)

Dignitatis Humanae, Schmignitatis humanae. John Myers does not care for Vatican II's teachings on religious freedom.

I got married in New Jersey. Since I'm not Catholic, I didn't have a Catholic wedding.Newark Archbishop John Myers seems to think that shouldn't count as a legal wedding. And he says any Catholic who disagrees with him should be cut off from the rest of the sacraments as well: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage l … [Read more...]

Jesus declares his priorities in his first sermon


To understand who Jesus was and who Jesus declared himself to be, we can have no clearer signal than the very first sermon he gave, in which Jesus established the priorities of his ministry.We read of this sermon in Luke 4:16-21: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.And there was delivered unto him the book of Leviticus. And when he had opened the book, he found the place … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Max S. Gordon: "Proud Americans, Be Who You Are" In other words, I can’t dismiss Paul Ryan’s good-natured homophobia as anything else but what it is, a hatred of gays.  I can’t blame a generation gap, or that he’s from some other country that isn’t “free” like us, or any of the bullshit excuses that would let him off the hook.  He’s just like me. Only he has privileges that I don’t, because he’s heterosexual.  It’s that simple.  We try to make it more complicated, bringing in religion and “upbri … [Read more...]