Reformed seminaries ought to understand Reformed political theology

Michael Kruger is a Reformed theologian. He teaches, and serves as president, at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Yet Kruger seems wholly unfamiliar with, and wholly ignorant of, Reformed political theology. That’s more shocking than the credulous falsehoods Kruger swallows and regurgitates as his talking points against universal health care. [Read more…]

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Worth 1,000 words: The awful state of American evangelical Christianity after Billy Graham

This is evangelical Christianity in America in 2013. White. Rich. Right-wing. Dishonest. Predatory. Outwardly pious, inwardly corrupt. [Read more…]

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American evangelicalism is defined by political tribalism

Michael Bird: “When it comes to the American evangelical opposition to universal health care, global evangelicals look at them with a mix of disbelief and disgust. Its not just N.T. Wright, ask someone at the Lausanne Congress or at the World Evangelical Alliance or at the Tyndale Fellowship what they think about American evangelicals howling protests against Obamacare! We are mystified as to how can good Christian men and women oppose – in some cases in the name of religion — providing health care for it citizens.” [Read more…]

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Jesus and fundamentalist dress codes

Jesus, you’ll notice, was not attired according to Timothy’s dress code. No collared shirt. No dress pants. No socks or dress shoes. And hair like that would’ve gotten you enough demerits for a week of detention. [Read more…]

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Donors rescue the Faculty Lounge of evangelicalism

The faculty lounge is a place where teachers and professors can relax and talk amongst themselves without worrying about who might be listening in. I think that also describes the role that Books & Culture has played in American evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Jesus Is Not At All Like That (my video for the NALT Christians Project)

I never made a YouTube video before, and that probably shows, but when John Shore invited me to contribute one to the NALT Christians Project, I couldn’t say no. (I’ve included the transcript — all the words, but none of the bad lighting and awkwardness.) [Read more…]

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The rules are funny, the ideas behind them are not

Defeating the Dragons: “The spirit, the beliefs, the ideas, the system that keeps the legalism alive is the problem. There’s nothing there worth protecting, and all of it deserves to be destroyed. Because this system is built on an ugly foundation of power, abuse, domination, and control. The people who perpetuate it aren’t there because they genuinely love people and want to protect them. Legalism gives them the power to wield massive control over entire groups of people – but they can only do that not because of the rules, but because of belief.” [Read more…]

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Evangelical gatekeepers and conservative holiness

Evangelicals scrupulously police their left-wing boundary, but the right-wing boundary is unmonitored. Because there is no right-wing boundary. “Egalitarians” are permitted to remain in the tribe, but not if they get TOO egalitarian. But complementarians need not worry about getting too complementarian because “too complementarian” is not a category the tribe recognizes. [Read more…]

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