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

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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

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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...]

Pope Francis says maybe to civil unions

In the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, this couple is in a civil union. Bruce and Patty have been legally married for more than 22 years, but because Mr. Springsteen's previous marriage ended in divorce, the church does not recognize this marriage as legitimate. (Getty Images photo by Jon Raedle.)

Roman Catholic Church is not lobbying to make it illegal under secular law for anyone to obtain a civil divorce. Nor is it attempting to prevent divorced people from access to legal, civil remarriage. Divorce and remarriage are, in the eyes of the Catholic church, sins. But the church acknowledges that they are also a legal right that it would be unjust and immoral (i.e., sinful) to deny others. There’s no reason — no Catholic reason — that Pope Francis and his church could not take the same approach to same-sex marriage. [Read more...]

‘An excellent job at de-evangelization’

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If you set out deliberately to destroy the church and pervert the gospel, you probably still couldn’t come up with anything as diabolically effective as the teavangelical nonsense of the angry white religious right. Here is some good commentary on Arizona from William Lindsey, E.J. Dionne and Rachel Held Evans. [Read more...]

The tribal trilateral: White, Protestant, anti-abortion.

Danielle Suarez is an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol. Women are not allowed to help patrol the borders of the evangelical tribe. The agents in charge of that -- the tribal gatekeepers -- are all white men.

That’s what all those other tribal signifiers, past and present, tend to be — short-hand substitutes for the clobber-text hermeneutic of white American Christianity. Whether it’s the currently ascendent tribal marker of being anti-gay, or if it’s the tribal marker of young-Earth creationism, or if it’s the rapidly fading tribal marker of teetotalism, all of those things weren’t so much about the things themselves, but were, rather, ways of shouting, “But what about the Bible?” They were ways of demonstrating one’s allegiance to what tribal gatekeepers called “the authority of the scriptures.” Which is to say, really, the authority of the tribal gatekeepers themselves. [Read more...]


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