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


When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more...]

Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

Executing prisoners is a vital expression of religious liberty, Kishon style.

When you’re trying to paint your political opponents as evil baby-killers, it doesn’t work to accuse them of secretly believing in fertility gods. Molech is the Canaanite god you need to invoke here. When you’re accusing the baby-killers of killing babies to honor their false god of baby-killing, you should always use Molech. Robert Knight should know this by now. [Read more...]

Unlearning the lies we learned from the theologians of slavery (part 3)


Here we see one of many wrong turns taken by white theology as a consequence of slavery. This is one of the roots of the contemporary belief in white Christianity that, in its language, the Great Commission outranks the Greatest Commandment. The spread of the gospel — evangelization — becomes the paramount concern, eclipsing everything else. The matter of justice no longer matters. Or, rather, justice is redefined as that which best permits and promotes the spread of the gospel. [Read more...]

Don’t even speak of the beat menace


Some links to help you withstand the devious plans of the beat menace, including: Mormon excommunication, Asherah poles for traditional marriage, plundering the Egyptians, labor priests, Game of Thrones and John Piper’s littlefinger. [Read more...]

My interview with N.T. Wright on marriage equality

"Did this clown just invoke the NAZIS in his argument against civil rights for gays? WTF?"

Well, that was … disappointing. I apologize for presuming that Wright was going to have something thoughtful to say on this subject. If N.T. Wright ever does articulate a meaningful argument against same-sex marriage — one that doesn’t contradict the vast body of his impressive published theology — I will be sure to let you know here. [Read more...]

For God so loved the world


I had to re-read that several times before it finally sunk in that they were saying “standing between the world and your child” was supposed to be a good thing. The sad thing is that sentence is utterly true for A Beka Books’ target audience: “You’re the only thing standing between the world and your child.” The sick thing is that the next sentence doesn’t say, “So get the heck out of their way.” [Read more...]

They took down that post


Leadership Journal is decidedly and determinedly an institution at the heart of white evangelical institutionalism. That’s not an arena where the voices of women are usually able to make themselves heard. Especially not young women (and “young,” in Christianity Today terms, means anybody under 50). And not young women who don’t have a market or media platform or any formal, institutional support. And most especially not young women who ask too many questions, or who are too vocally critical of white evangelical purity culture, or who do not have the proper Official Stance opposing LGBT people and feminism. [Read more...]

A preferential option for predators: Christianity Today hires the Rev. Humbert Humbert to serve as a spiritual adviser to its readers

Like Leadership Journal, the profilers on "Criminal Minds" seek to understand how sexual predators think. The difference is that these FBI agents don't consider ministering to those predators to be their No. 1 priority.

The premier magazine for white evangelical clergy is facing powerful criticism for its decision to publish the self-justifying rationalizations of a sexual predator, and for presenting ministry to such former ministers as the No. 1 priority when dealing with sexual abuse by clergy. In doing so, Christianity Today seemed to share, and to reinforce, the abuser’s disregard for his victims. [Read more...]