Shaking the dust off their feet

In the age of Trump, John Fea writes, many “evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday morning and realize that so many fellow Christians were willing to turn a blind eye to all that Trump represents.” And the Rev. Lawrence Ware confirms this, explaining “Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention.” [Read more…]

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Pew Research finding calls for sackcloth and ashes

Some would adamantly disagree that white evangelicalism has, in any way, “gone wrong.” (It’s those liberal mainline Protestants who went wrong, doncha know, with their fancy seminaries and their Darwinism and whatnot.) But the more important and more interesting disagreement is among those who perceive that, yes, white evangelicalism has gone wrong, but who approach what that means in two very different ways. [Read more…]

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Southern Baptists still think of white supremacy as a ‘stain’

The Southern Baptist Convention has passed an official resolution on racism. I’m happy to report that they’re against it. Alas, they also demonstrated that they don’t understand what it is they’re against and up against, or what it will mean for them to oppose it in substance and not just in rhetoric. [Read more…]

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Baptist ‘Resolutions’ Aren’t Usually Newsworthy, but the Struggle to Pass One is

Resolutions and the votes on them tend to get reported as official Southern Baptist pronouncements — as analogous to papal encyclicals or edicts issued by the bishops of formal denominational churches. That’s misleading. These resolutions don’t present official denominational dogma because there is no official denomination. [Read more…]

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Spell C-A-L-H-O-U-N across the steel grey sky

Donald Trump’s comments on the Civil War are surprisingly ignorant, even when accounting for the fact that this is Donald Trump and his boundless ignorance should no longer be surprising. Historians have responded to the president’s confused statement, but I’m left longing for an alternate-history novel that reimagines the Jackson Era without Jackson. That could be fun. [Read more…]

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The Salt Lake Remonstrance: Mormons are out-Baptist-ing Baptists (in a good way)

Mormons identify as a people who value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. And they are condemning Donald Trump and distancing themselves from him because they value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. Southern Baptists identify as a people who value all those things, but we’re not seeing any evidence of that. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (5.6)

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” [Read more…]

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The Revolution is just a T-shirt away

Voting isn’t supposed to be about “providing me with indulgence and satisfaction.” It’s not a self-affirming consumer choice or a narcissistic performance of moral superiority. It’s about taking responsibility, not avoiding it. Also: Record-setting heat sets stage for claims of global cooling; a personal testimony; and the breakfast of champions. [Read more…]

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