Who’s afraid of Rachel Held Evans?

This is apparently a thing. Evangelical gatekeepers are terrified of Rachel Held Evans. Her next book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, comes out later this month and already they’re panicking. [Read more…]

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‘A time to break down, and a time to build up’

When we encounter those clinging to cherished myths due to ignorance and misinformation, then gentle, gracious persuasion seems both kind and prudent. Those who do not know the truth can be gently introduced to it. But when we encounter those clinging to cherished myths due to a preference for such lies over the truth, well … bombs away. [Read more…]

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Good solid pro-family evangelical Southern Baptists

Charlie Fuqua says he’s just reading the Bible like any good Christian should. And the Bible, he says, teaches that “God’s Law” should be American law. So Fuqua supports a biblical, pro-family agenda of outlawing abortion, reinstating school prayer, deporting all Muslim citizens, abolishing the minimum wage, and executing rebellious children and any prisoner not rehabilitated after two years. [Read more…]

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Ninevites are not ‘God’s children’

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” [Read more…]

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‘Identity that sends us toward the other with love’

Brian McLaren: “Our biggest problem, though, isn’t our differences. Our biggest problem is that we build identity — whatever our religion — we build identity by enforcing hostility toward the other. In other words, I learn who I am by learning who I’m against. I learn who I am by learning who’s against me.” [Read more…]

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‘What is an evangelical?’ part 3,947 …

The word “evangelical” no longer belongs to the old mainstream of Christianity Today and Billy Graham and Wheaton College. Today that word belongs to people like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Bryan Fischer, David Barton and Cindy Jacobs. If the old mainstream evangelicals want to reclaim that word, they’re going to have to take it back by taking it away from Robertson & Co. [Read more…]

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Gatekeeper gatecrashes a wedding (stay classy, Get Religion)

The tribal guardians of evangelicalism want you to know that Jesus was “being literal” when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And if anyone ever says otherwise, well then, the guardians will just have to escort that person into exile. The tribe, after all, must be kept pure, even if that means using somebody’s son’s wedding as a pretext for an inquisition. [Read more…]

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‘The Right Club’ and what offends God

A local church goes tribal in reaction to an atheist billboard. Here’s what their failed attempt at a snappy comeback tells us about the difference between serving God and scoring points for Team God. And that verse — “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God'” — really needs to be read in the context of the whole chapter, because Psalm 14 isn’t about God being offended by atheist billboards. [Read more…]

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