Let’s give top evangelical leaders fancy titles, robes and mitres


I’m starting to think that what white evangelicalism needs these days is more fancy titles, elaborate finery, symbolic vestments, regalia and all the appurtenances of church leadership. I’m talking mitres, staffs (staves?), rings, bling, embroidered cassocks, the whole nine yards. Why would I, as a determinedly anti-hierarchical Baptist, endorse such a thing? [Read more...]

And I’ll just let you guess the rest

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You haven’t really arrived until Christianity Today warns that you’re a menace to the morals of youth. A reminder that prosecutors cannot magically turn a 12-year-old into a 20-year-old, no matter what they’re accused of doing. Plus: The unbreakable Boze on the Unbreakable Kimmy; Jessica Valenti drinks a big mug of male tears; Franklin Graham is still awful and Cyndi Lauper still rocks. [Read more...]

Stairways circle back to where you’ve been


I’m glad to see Anthony Foxx is still transportation secretary. The closer you look, the less defensible Tyndale House seems. The Liar Tony Perkins warns against Prairie Home Sharia and gets invited to Minneapolis. And when is a kidnapper described as a “sweetheart”? When he’s white. [Read more...]

There is no spoon. There are no facts. There is no truth. Here’s what it looks like when you trade reality for power.


The Liar Tony Perkins provides yet another illustration of what David Roberts calls “postmodern conservatism,” the ideology that denies “the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” and therefore says that “every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power — loudest, best-funded, most persistent voices win.” [Read more...]

And from these words I sink and fall


Links are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, including: Heath Bradley’s polite response to N.T. Wright; an Anglican dilemma; Johnny Cash; on your knees, boy; “The Dictionary” was not engraved by God on Mt. Sinai. [Read more...]

I think it’s gonna change, much sooner than later


A few things: Kudos to the National Weather Service and to the bureaucrats who wrote the standards and regulations for skylights. Two of my favorite writers on the subject of pastor’s kids. Just because The Liar Tony Perkins’ followers are too credulous to use Google doesn’t excuse his contemptuous treatment of them. North Carolina legislators worried about dangerous chemicals, scurry to protect chemical companies from liability. Bela Lugosi’s dead, indeed. [Read more...]

For George Washington, #BringBackOurGirls meant something very different


“Card-playing and wine-drinking were the business at his parties, and he had more of such company Sundays than on any other day. I do not mention this as showing, in my estimation, his anti-Christian character, so much as the bare fact of being a slaveholder, and not a hundredth part so much as trying to kidnap this woman; but, in the minds of the community, it will weigh infinitely more.” [Read more...]

Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’


From Neil Steinberg: “Ask the next rabbi you see if he feels oppressed because the United States government doesn’t enforce Jewish dietary laws. He’ll take a step back — distancing himself from the crazy person — and say, ‘No, and believe me, we know what real oppression is.’” [Read more...]