Gatekeepers are losing their grip

Some gatekeepers keep outsiders out. Others keep insiders in.

The problem with banishing members of the tribe for this thought crime, though, is that it gets everyone else thinking about it too. And now, thanks to those hyper-vigilant gatekeepers and those hysterical fundraisers and apocalyptic political campaigners, everyone has had a chance to think about this a bit more for the past 10 years. It turns out that 10 years is a long time to think about something you’re expected and required to oppose without at some point along the way noticing the utter lack of any convincing argument against it. [Read more...]

Is Owen Strachan’s Bro-formed theology heretical?

The founding manifesto for the "biblical manhood" group is called "The Danvers Statement." That's never not funny.

Owen Strachan is wrong to believe that God is intrinsically, actually and exclusively male. The Bible doesn’t teach that and orthodox Christian theology doesn’t teach that. But this doesn’t mean that Owen Strachan is a heretic, just a sexist jerk. And that’s much, much worse than heresy. [Read more...]

Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism

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NRB is, in other words, a gatekeeper. It is, in some ways, the gatekeeper for the white evangelical tribe. It controls the spigot determining the flow of money, attention, awareness and, above all, permission. [Read more...]

Learn your tribal lingo: What it means to be branded ‘controversial’

Yes, they have gatekeepers in the UK too.

This branding usage to define tribal status is most clearly seen in the way the term is used in those boilerplate descriptors that summarize public figures. Steve Chalke is “a prominent but controversial British Christian leader.” Bill Gothard is “Basic Seminar speaker and home-schooling advocate.” [Read more...]

Tribal gatekeepers officially enshrine Phelpsian bigotry as ‘evangelical’ and ‘Too Christian’

The gospel according to Flip Benham -- and officially endorsed as "evangelical" by Christianity Today.

Bryan Fischer is a member in good standing of the white evangelical tribe. The tribal gatekeepers have rarely seen fit to criticize Fischer, let alone to pronounce his banishment. He can bear false witness day after day, saying the most horrible slurs about gay people, women, immigrants, black people, Latinos, feminists, scientists and college graduates, and yet he will never be “Farewell”-ed the way people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or even for goodness’ sake Rachel Held Evans have been. [Read more...]

My expectancies become my fantasies

PoopDeck

I checked — Tim Challies’ “False Teachers” series is not actually a parody mocking the self-importance of self-appointed tribal gatekeepers. … Lots of new places to be legally shot at in Georgia. … Coprolites! … Charisma magazine is not big on understanding irony. … “No spacemen up above, and we’re still far from love …” [Read more...]

Five sentences that contain the entire history and explanation of white evangelicalism in America

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Here is a single paragraph from Peter G. Heltzel’s “Jesus & Justice: Evangelicals, Race & American Politics.” These five sentences describe a single tantalizing fork in the road, and a wrong turn taken. Understand and absorb these five sentences and you can understand the entire history of white evangelicalism in America over the past 50 years. [Read more...]

12 reasons I still call myself an ‘evangelical’

Hosanna

After the FlusterCluck and the ClusterDuck, and after the latest Proud Ugly Sneerfest in which white evangelicals defined their faith by cancelling their sponsorship of 10,000 poor children, it’s reasonable to ask why anyone would still want to be identified by that term “evangelical.” That question is particularly pressing for someone like me. I’m pretty much constantly being told I’m not “allowed” to call myself that. So why keep fighting that? Here are 12 reasons why I still want to call myself an evangelical. [Read more...]


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