Everyone says love is a labor


Former Southern Baptist “ethics” spokesman Richard Land is still talking. Land is still utterly baffled by the concept of consent, and he can’t understand Kids These Days, with their unbiblical notions that sexual ethics should have anything to do with honesty and fidelity. Plus: A Republican governor attacks the police; another fun biblical-studies detective story; and a reminder of Sarah Palin’s old Secret Service nickname (it was not “McKinley”). [Read more...]

ERLC-Watch-Watch: The Watchdog blog against watchdog blogs that might keep Southern Baptist leaders accountable


One way to avoid the kind of scandal that forced Richard Land out of the Southern Baptist ERLC would be for Southern Baptist leaders, going forward, to not spout racist garbage on the radio and not commit serial plagiarism. But Samuel James suggests another approach: suppressing all dissent and smothering public accountability under a fluffy pillow of sanctimonious blather. [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...]

‘I am not the monster that I once was’


Some weekend links, including: preaching on the Declaration; weighing in on third-wayers; Richard Land remembers the proud day that William Lloyd Garrison founded the Southern Baptist Convention; plus Veronica Poppins, Atari Avengers, and something Beautiful. [Read more...]

Al Mohler: SBC is the perfect combination of Sterling Cooper and Dunder Mifflin

Russell Moore will replace Richard Land as the Southern Baptist Convention's political spokesman.

New Southern Baptist “ethics” spokesman Russell Moore is every bit the culture warrior that Richard Land has been, but he’s a full generation younger. The difference is a bit like the contrast between Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — similar views substantively, but the younger man uses Twitter and lacks the older man’s palpable discomfort at the presence of others who are not part of the old-white-guy club. [Read more...]

More on what civil disobedience can and cannot do


Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool for challenging unjust laws. It can be, and sometimes has been, the moral obligation of citizens committed to justice for all. But not every injustice lends itself to being addressed by civil disobedience. And even more importantly, civil disobedience cannot be made to work in defense of injustice. [Read more...]

Southern Baptists might do the right thing and fire Richard Land

I first wrote about Richard Land’s awful comments on the Trayvon Martin case because it seemed to me a particularly egregious example of the sort of horrible, nasty dishonesty that politically conservative evangelicals regularly spout with impunity. I wrote that Land needed to be fired because that was true, but also because I didn’t expect [Read More...]

Richard Land apologizes, but scandal still dragging down Southern Baptist Convention

Richard Land, the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, has finally remembered the first rule of holes. But it may be too late for either him or the SBC. The longtime “ethics” spokesman put himself and his entire denomination in a deep hole with his initial rant on the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Then [Read More...]