TMI, barbecue and other people’s sex lives


Justin Lee offers a smart, gentle lesson about why we shouldn’t obsess over the sex lives of other people. Mike Moore offers a similar, but not quite so gentle lesson on the same point, and by the time he’s done, somebody won’t be allowed in that barbecue joint anymore. [Read more...]

Outsourcing theocracy to Uganda: This is what bad fruit looks like


Uganda is 85-percent Christian. The U.S. is 70-percent Christian. This is not about missions or missionaries or the gospel, this is about outsourcing theocracy. And what these purported Christians are promoting in Uganda is evil. This is a tree bearing bad fruit. [Read more...]

Evangelical Alliance responds to Simon Peter’s dangerous sermon in Acts 11


This statement surfaced yesterday in response to the recent controversy surrounding Simon Peter and the household of Cornelius, a Roman centurion and dirty Gentile from Caesarea, whom Peter embraced despite the clear teachings of scripture. It’s a fascinating glimpse of how the early church defended the scriptures against Peter’s dangerous, unbiblical ideas. [Read more...]

‘There’s nothing mutual about it’: White evangelicals, privileged distress and grievance envy


I think what we’re seeing from white evangelicals after the Giglio controversy, and what we saw earlier on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, is the struggle of a group poised between those two choices, those two possible responses: Adaptation or counter-revolution. This awkward moment between possibilities is characterized by what I’ll call grievance envy. [Read more...]

‘Gracious and cordial’ does not describe the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ slur or the attempt to deny legal equality


What Louie Giglio and his defenders perceive to be a “gracious, cordial tone” does not seem at all gracious or cordial to those on the receiving end of it — not to people who understand the contemptuousness and vicious slanders invested in that phrase “homosexual lifestyle” or who understand the callous cruelty of the “ex-gay” ideology Giglio endorsed, which accuses LGBT people of having a moral, spiritual or psychological deficiency in need of a cure. [Read more...]

Bulletin from the Mad Farmer Liberation Front: Wendell Berry on same-sex marriage

“Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and abstract, lacking even the courage of a personal hatred,” Berry said. “Categorical condemnation is the hatred of the mob. It makes cowards brave. And there is nothing more fearful than a religious mob, a mob overflowing with righteousness – as at the crucifixion and before and since.” [Read more...]

This is a big deal: UK evangelical leader Steve Chalke endorses same-sex marriage


“[Steve Chalke's] statement represents the first time that a major evangelist and leader in the evangelical community has come out in support of same-sex relationships. Discussions about what he has done will reverberate from churches, youth groups, seminaries, Bible schools and denominations.” [Read more...]

The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That)

Dan Savage wants Christians who aren't anti-gay to stop telling him we're Not All Like That -- and to start saying it to our fellow Christians who are like that.

Dan Savage says Christians are constantly reassuring him that “We’re not all like that” — meaning that not all Christians are hateful or opposed to LGBT civil rights. But Savage says these NALT Christians should stop apologizing to him and start talking to those other Christians who are like that. For them, “We’re not all like that” might just be a revelation and an invitation to choose something better. [Read more...]