Erick Erickson says that the Apostle Peter is an idiot who doesn’t understand the vision God gave to the Apostle Peter

This is Francesco Trevisani's 1709 painting of "Peter Baptizing the Centurion Cornelius." Erick Erickson says Trevisani is not "really" a Christian because his painting suggests this story is about people and not shellfish. If it were up to Erickson, this would be a painting of Peter Eating Shrimp and Cheesesteaks.

I should let you know, in the interest of full disclosure, that Pope Erick Erickson of the Church of Fox News hath decreed that I am not "really" a Christian. "You really aren’t a Christian," his eminence writes. The antecedent "you" there applies to any "damned" (his word, meant in the literal theological sense) "liberal" who rejects his claim that the book of Leviticus means that all Christians must for all time condemn all LGBT people as reprobate sinners. I think you have to be a … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (2.10)


"Every single one of those issues was promoted by progressive reformers. Every single one of those issues was opposed by the conservatives of the day. Viciously so in many cases. Violently so in some." "Nothing about that approach to thinking about any moral issue at all even begins to approach the threshold of an authentically Christian ethics." "They're already admitting that direct contact with gay people is a threat to their beliefs. They're already admitting that openness and truth … [Read more...]

Everyone stop what you’re doing and listen to Panti Bliss


IT at Gay Married Californian shares this clip of a recent speech by Panti Bliss -- Dublin's pre-eminent drag queen. It's about LGBT rights and Ireland and the Irish media, but it's also a lot bigger and broader and deeper than that. (Pauses to consider what Panti would make of that string of adjectives, decides it's better not to dwell on that.) My point there is that this short speech by this larger-than-life lady has nothing to do with America or with the church or with the church in … [Read more...]

People Get Ready: St. Paul at the Grammys


Last night's Grammy Awards were quite a show. Some collaborations that could have gone really wrong instead proved kind of brilliant: Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Metallica and Lang Lang, Paul and Ringo, Lorde and a Weeping Angel. Pink's high-flying circus act nearly lived up to her performance of that same song at the AMAs in 2012. (Nearly -- go watch that AMA performance again. Wow.) And it was fun to see Kacey Musgraves emerge from the pyrotechnics and … [Read more...]

Are Indiana pastors routinely committing assault on Sundays?


I'm worried for my evangelical brothers and sisters in Indiana. It seems that the pastors there are in the habit of regularly assaulting members of their congregation, vandalizing property and making terroristic threats to the community. I haven't seen any such stories in the news, mind you, but the "pro-family" religious conservative group Advance America assures us that this is happening all over the Hoosier State. And if we can't trust the spokespeople of the religious right to tell us the … [Read more...]

Utah? Yes, Utah. Wow.


On Tuesday I posted that neat animated .gif showing the march of history toward marriage equality. And now, just six days later, that history is out of date. New Mexico I saw coming. But Utah -- Utah! -- was a surprise. The ruling shouldn't be a surprise. The constitutional question is not ambiguous or tricky in any way. The prohibition against marriage by same-sex couples is simply a violation of equal protection. Period. Opponents of marriage equality have tried for the past decade to come … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll cannot escape the shame of his willingness to associate with Janet Mefferd

Hates Muslims. Hates gays. Tells lies about them. None of that is good.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love." Here's the other piece of the Mark Driscoll plagiarism saga that's not getting nearly enough attention: This all blew up after he appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio show. He did that. He agreed to appear as a guest on Janet Mefferd's radio show. He did that voluntarily. There's only one reason an honest Christian leader should ever agree to appear on Janet Mefferd's radio show, and it's not to plug their book (whether or not that … [Read more...]

Loaves and cakes: Jesus tramples on the religious liberty of his disciples


On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida. When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are … [Read more...]