If your ministry involves ‘restoring’ an unjust illusion of ‘peace,’ then your ministry is a lie

The BGEA;s rapid response team headed to Ferguson "to minister to police" about a month after the group's first annual "National Law Enforcement Retreat."

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s “rapid response team” was invited by members of the Ferguson police department “to minister to police.” The BGEA team says it’s helping to “restore peace” to Ferguson, by which it means it’s helping to calm people down, to get them to stop protesting and go back to accepting things the way they are. [Read more...]

Cleveland police say they’re opposed to justice, find it offensive. These boys are in the wrong line of work. Fire them all.

Browns

What the Cleveland police are saying, then, is that they are opposed to “Justice.” That’s a clear sign they’re in the wrong line of work. Specifically, the Cleveland police are going out of their way to make us all aware that they are opposed to “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.” I would hesitate to accuse them of such an ugly, defiantly unjust position, but this isn’t my opinion of them or anyone else’s evaluation or characterization of then: This is them, choosing voluntarily to inform us all, unambiguously, that they stand opposed to and are offended by “Justice.” [Read more...]

Two reasons we know Frosty the Snowman was white

FrostySnowman

“He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop / And only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, ‘Stop!’” [Read more...]

Commies and papists and whiskey, but not civil rights

Burt

John Fea plucks an odd nugget of history out of Molly Worthen’s Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism: The Resolutions of the National Association of Evangelicals’ Commission on Evangelical Action, organized early in the NAE’s history, give some measure of what “social action” meant to mainstream evangelical leaders in the early 1960s. [Read More...]

White evangelicals, Southern Baptists, and #BlackLivesMatter

Dozens of heavily armed police in Oakland line up to contain the threat posed by a citizen bearing a dangerous message. (Reuters photo by Elijah Nouvelage)

Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore’s response to the killing of Eric Garner is a remarkable change from the odious statements his predecessor, Richard Land, made in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Land was worried about not being perceived as racist. Moore, on the other hand, sounds like a man who has decided he doesn’t want to be a racist. It will be interesting to see if he’s allowed to continue talking like this. [Read more...]

‘It’s the Apocalypse, Stupid’: Matthew Sutton on how ‘Bible prophecy’ and Rapture mania deform American politics

Snatch

“My argument in a nutshell is that the apocalyptic theology that developed in the 1880s and 1890s led radical evangelicals to the conclusion that all nations are going to concede their power in the End Times to a totalitarian political leader who is going to be the Antichrist. If you believe you’re living in the last days and you believe you’re moving towards that event, you’re going to be very suspicious and skeptical of anything … that is going to give more power to the state.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.3)

I’m speechless today, so let me turn the microphone over to Jay Smooth, Pamela Merritt, Ed Kilgore, Richard Beck and Jamelle Bouie. There’s a theme here, I think, and even the one that seems like it’s not a part of that theme actually really is. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (12.3)

HandsUp

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]


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