Permission granted, officially


Thinking a bit more about “Maybe God is a better person than you think,” I was struck by the sadness of that situation. It must be an awful thing to believe that God will not allow you to be as loving, merciful and generous as you wish you could be. It must be an awful [Read More...]

Misogyny isn’t new; consent shouldn’t be confusing

Helen Lewis at the New Statesmen shows us “What online harassment looks like.” It’s an awful, potentially triggering, collection of “Obscene images, hate sites, and a game where people are invited to beat you up.” This is disturbing and disturbed. It’s hateful, hate-filled stuff posted by boys who simply hate women. These boys hate women [Read More...]

Maybe God is a better person than you think

Jesus Creed serves up a guest post by Jeff Cook on one of my least favorite topics: “apologetics” and those awful show-debates between Christians and new atheists. I love dialogue, I do not love this approach to “debate.” It turns the conversation into a matter of winning and pushes participants away from their complementary quest [Read More...]

Voices: Three personal testimonies

Three people sharing their stories. These are all worth reading in full. Anderson Cooper: While as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as [Read More...]

Including ‘generates controversy,’ but excluding doesn’t

Greg Horton of Religion News Service writes about the end of one great Christian music festival and the beginning of another: “As Cornerstone wraps up, Wild Goose Festival takes off.” Here are a couple of paragraphs that get at the core of the current situation in American evangelicalism: As Cornerstone prepares for its final act, [Read More...]

My right to be offended by your existence trumps your right to exist


Rod Dreher tweets: “Oreo embraces gay pride? Since when do we expect supermarket cookies to take political stances?” Because, you see, gay people aren’t really people — they’re political issues. Dreher would never think to criticize green-stuf Oreos for St. Patrick’s Day as “a political stance,” but rainbow stuf Oreos for Pride Month are somehow [Read More...]

A Southern Baptist in exile in the Bible belt

Both Alvin McEwen and Rachel Held Evans point us to Joan Garrett’s insightful, empathetic portrait of a Red Bank, Tenn., family: “A tempest in my soul: A son’s secret brings a Southern Baptist minister to his knees.” This is beautiful storytelling and impressive reporting. It is, in other words, what good journalism looks like. Kudos [Read More...]

‘Like my pain meant nothing’ — the alarming harshness of tactless anti-gay preaching


CNN’s Richard Allen Greene reports that “Harsh anti-gay preaching alarms gay rights supporters and Christian conservatives alike.” Christian conservatives, apparently, don’t want their anti-gay preaching to come across as “harsh.” Coming across as harsh can make their anti-gay lobbying more difficult: Many conservative Christians would agree with pastors such as Worley and Knapp that homosexual [Read More...]