Without justice, we’re not reading the same book


Chris Tilling points us to Adam Neder's 2009 book, Participation in Christ.I appreciate Neder's subtitle: "An Entry into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics." Many readers have found Barth's huge, dense, multi-volume work to be impenetrable, so if Neder has really found some way in, then we should be grateful to him.Much of what Tilling shares from Neder is still pretty heavy stuff -- immensely Barthy and not easy going. But let me share just one tiny bit from the very first page of Neder's … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.20)


April Bo Wang on why poor communities need fewer heroes; Morgan Guyton on Satan as the original troll; Brian Walsh gives an appropriate answer to the non-question of a junior gatekeeper; Daniel Silliman on a Sunday in Christian America; and a new Tumblr where your big sister has got your back.April Bo Wang, "When Teachers Romanticize Their Students' Poverty" I came to Helena to be a heroine. But a heroine can’t be a good social advocate, because social advocacy is all about the community — n … [Read more...]

Al Mohler: Standing athwart Pentecost and yelling ‘Stop!’

Pentecost stained glass windows at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, Minn., by artist Judy Jennings. (Click photo for full portfolio of Jennings' gorgeous work.)

"I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." -- Acts 2:17 The late William F. Buckley described the mission of his conservative magazine, National Review, this way: "A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop."*Buckley didn't much care when critics said he was "on the wrong side of history." The way he saw it, that was his job.Al Mohler sees that as his job, too. Like Buckley, Mohler prides himself on "standing a … [Read more...]

Free to good home(s): One ginormous ‘Bonfire’ list of blogs by Christian women


OK, so, what happened was I made a list. And then, as sometimes happens, I got kind of carried away.See, this guy had published his list of The Top 200 Christian Blogs or some such, and it turned out to be, like, almost all men. And then when people asked him why he hadn't included more women, he was all, like, "I would have, but there just aren't any out there."This seemed like one of those rare occasions on which being a smartass might actually be constructive, so I first posted the … [Read more...]

I see the skull beneath the skin

Oy. (Click for story.)

Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they're allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn't working on my front page.• The Friends have been seeking a religious exemption from war taxes since the days of colonial Governor William … [Read more...]

If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that Alan Noble is not being disingenuous in his recent Atlantic essay, "Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?"That stipulation is a bit of a stretch, since Noble generally seems like a fairly bright man, and thus the self-serving obtuseness he affects here seems to be a pose. But let's pretend the pretense is genuine and treat his faux-naive argument as genuine naiveté. Let us answer his question as though he didn't already … [Read more...]

Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)


For centuries, Christians have been arguing over the clobber texts used to deny women's equality in the church and in society. Those Bible passages -- a dozen or so verses selected from the origin stories of Genesis, the laws of Moses, and the epistles of Paul -- are hotly contested in an ongoing argument over their meaning and interpretation. Every year we see a new crop of books devoted to the exegesis of those verses, granular studies of first-century Greek terms and their cultural … [Read more...]

Testifying to the truth: Real life vs. ‘pro-life’ lies

My plea to my fellow evangelical Christians is simple: Stop lying. Stop telling and spreading and pretending to believe lies just because they allow us to pretend we're "pro-life" while others are, therefore, anti-life.Bearing false witness against our neighbors is something we were told not to do. It shouldn't be the heart and soul and center of our identity as "Christians."In contrast to that bearing of false witness, here are two women bearing witness and speaking truth. Ears to hear … [Read more...]