The Bible used to get a lot of things wrong

"You shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you ..."

If those early Southern Baptists were wrong about slavery, then they were wrong about the Bible — wrong about how to read the Bible. They were wrong about slavery because they were wrong about how to read the Bible. Contemporary white evangelicals want to retain the same approach to reading the Bible, but not the same conclusions about slavery. That doesn’t work. [Read more...]

A really big wheel of cheese, Southern Baptists, the Bible, and slavery

Cheshire

In 1802, John Leland created the 1,234-pound Cheshire Mammoth Cheese and personally transported it 500 miles, by sleigh. But a few years earlier, in 1789, Leland attempted something even more audacious — he prompted the Baptists of Virginia to consider Jubilee, immediate emancipation, and a declaration that slavery was “contrary to the word of God.” [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...]

‘Amnesty’ and amnesia on immigration from Sooners and Southern Baptists

The Republican Party has a branch office in Louisville, Ky.

Sen. Tom Coburn is not allowed to lecture anyone about “illegal” immigration. And Sooners are, by definition, pompous hypocrites whenever they decide to bloviate about “the rule of law.” It’s simply ridiculous and merits only ridicule in response. Sen. Coburn is either woefully ignorant about “where he comes from” or else his talk of “the rule of law” is something he believes only applies to other people. Either way, he is a silly, silly man, even by congressional standards. [Read more...]

A change of tone requires a change of substance: Southern Baptists learning that others can hear them talk

RMTwitter

One phrase that came up again and again when the Southern Baptist Convention named its new spokesman was “media savvy.” Richard Land, who served for decades as chief of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was a media dinosaur. Russell Moore, who replaced him as the denomination’s primary public face, seemed to have a [Read More...]

The broken promise of biblical ‘inerrancy’

Certainty

This same pattern is repeated wherever any group of “inerrantists” gets together and claims that their inerrant, infallible Bible will be their supreme and final authority. It doesn’t work. The arbiter fails to arbitrate and the definitive authority fails to settle all their questions. So they add to it. … [Read more...]

An Internet Monk’s prediction and the ‘rise of the nones’

The coming evangelical collapse?

Five years ago, Michael Spencer of Internet Monk predicted “The Coming Evangelical Collapse” — something he said would begin with 10 years and occur “with astonishing statistical speed.” At least part of what he described seems to have begun. [Read more...]

‘I am not the monster that I once was’

TankMan22

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...]


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