You’re dealing with all of us

This, I think, conveys one part of what I was getting at in this post yesterday and this one this morning. Don’t mess with our family. [Read more…]

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What do the bullies for Christ hope to gain?

The bullies had to prove that they could control World Vision, because controlling World Vision helps them pretend that they can control the Bible. It’s just like why they’re compelled to control women. Controlling women is another way of pretending that they can control the Bible. And as long as they can pretend that they can control the Bible, they can pretend that they control God. [Read more…]

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Same old story, same old act: A song for World Vision, and for Jesus Jerks everywhere

“We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact …” [Read more…]

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If the comment section of Christianity Today reflects the state of Christianity today, then we need to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over

I do not believe, as it appears, that CT’s comment thread is the work of some of the most awful, self-righteous, fearful, priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth. I believe, rather, that it is the work of people who have been trained to believe that unless they present themselves as the most awful, self-righteous, fearful and priggish blowhards to ever walk the Earth then they will be condemned and cast out of their community. [Read more…]

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How evangelical gatekeepers mistake extortion for leadership: A story

The playwright’s husband was a Brit, and evangelical Christians in the UK don’t carry the same 19th-century cultural baggage as evangelical Christians in America do. But still, he knew that many American evangelicals regarded beer-drinking as sinful and theologically fraught. He understood that it wouldn’t be prudent for him, as a representative of sorts of a large evangelical organization, to be seen in public drinking a beer. That would be a source of “controversy.” … [Read more…]

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Pensacola, the IFB Bubble and the world wide Web

IFB churches and schools like Pensacola Christian College have tried to withdraw from the world and from “worldliness.” They have created a bubble within which they can be sheltered from any “unclean thing” and from the worldly whispers of the world. Within that bubble, they could control the media and the message, insulating and isolating themselves from all outside voices. That used to work pretty well. [Read more…]

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When a pastor is scared of his congregation — and scared that God isn’t good

The process can begin by creating the kind of community where members feel safe to have an honest, open conversation. That means being a place where anyone can ask questions without the fear that even just asking will get you in trouble. It means being a place where people can challenge and question even the received wisdom of the Required Official Stance on Homosexuality. [Read more…]

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‘Thank God’ — the double standard of religious tribalism

If some shimmering person outside the tribe says even the most vacuous or ambiguous thing that can be spun positively, it will be seized upon and claimed as an affirmation of the tribe and all its values. If some upstart within the tribe says the identical statement, it will be interpreted in the most hostile light so that the speaker can be condemned as someone who opposes the tribe and its values. [Read more…]

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