The white evangelical army of hate is hurting people and redefining ‘Christianity’

That's a cross, the symbol of Christianity, so these folks must be Christians, right? I mean, that's what they say, so that must be what "Christian" means, right?

The word “Christian” ought to mean something at least vaguely Christ-ish. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with Fr. Nary’s radical hospitality than with the brutality of the anti-Balaka. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with World Vision’s gospel-driven service to the poorest than with the sanctimonious contempt of the white evangelical bullies. But when the armies of hate are on the march, insisting that “We are Christians and we do this because we are Christians and because this is what Christians do,” then we have to recognize that the word is changing for the worse, whether we like it or not. [Read more...]

Franklin Graham’s hateful lies and opportunism winning Huzzahs from white evangelicals

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“Yeah, sure,” Graham says, smirk-grinning. His response isn’t an attempt to convince the interviewer that this “recruitment” slur is true, or even to convince the interviewer that he really believes what he is saying. It is, rather, an appeal to the interviewers’ sophistication. The sense is, Yeah, I went there — I’ll go as far as I need to go to win. He’s proud of that. [Read more...]

Same old story, same old act: A song for World Vision, and for Jesus Jerks everywhere

Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Russell Moore responded favorably to World Vision's reversal.

“We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact …” [Read more...]

The Gospel Coalition is very upset with those who refuse to participate in their lie

The lie works fine, just as long as everyone participates.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to attempt such a lie. Try to picture doing this. You walk up to another person, you look them in the eye, human face to human face, and you say, “You do not exist.” In what universe can you imagine that such a lie could ever be persuasive? What is the expectation there? Is the other person supposed to just blink out of existence? [Read more...]

If the comment section of Christianity Today reflects the state of Christianity today, then we need to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over

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I do not believe, as it appears, that CT’s comment thread is the work of some of the most awful, self-righteous, fearful, priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth. I believe, rather, that it is the work of people who have been trained to believe that unless they present themselves as the most awful, self-righteous, fearful and priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth then they will be condemned and cast out of their community. [Read more...]

When a pastor is scared of his congregation — and scared that God isn’t good

Gachnar the Fearsome. (Actual size)

The process can begin by creating the kind of community where members feel safe to have an honest, open conversation. That means being a place where anyone can ask questions without the fear that even just asking will get you in trouble. It means being a place where people can challenge and question even the received wisdom of the Required Official Stance on Homosexuality. [Read more...]

There’s a pattern here

Diversity

Justin Lee teams up with Audrey Hepburn. A Tennessee pastor says he has nothing but love for the people he refuses to allow to marry. And Henry Farrell says that bigotry rooted in perceived religious mandates may be marginally less obnoxious than bigotry rooted in personal animus but it’s still, you know, bigotry. [Read more...]

‘An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are LGBT into the company of Jesus’

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Ken Wilson isn’t like Rob Bell or Brian McLaren — a former pastor already labeled with the tribal warning sign of “controversy.” He is an until-now non-controversial member of the tribe, and he’s still an evangelical pastor writing as an evangelical pastor. The title, and format, of his book is “A Letter to My Congregation.” [Read more...]


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