Please be impotently polite in responding to our uncivil abuse of power

Suspending a tenured professor based on an implausible twisting of her words is not polite. Abusing administrative power is not polite. Attempting to intimidate your entire faculty is not polite. And scapegoating a professor as retaliation against student leaders for their commendable behavior is not polite. [Read more…]

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How popular worship songs help fund an abuser

Bob Smietana’s exposé of a spiritually, financially, physically and sexually abusive “prosperity gospel” cult in Nashville is a fascinating, devastating and disturbing read. But it’s the link between that cult and one of the most popular “worship song” writers in white evangelicalism that gives this story broader importance. [Read more…]

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More on Wheaton, aka, ‘the white evangelical Faber’

Insightful commentary from theologians Miroslav Volf and J.R. Daniel Kirk, Paul Moses of “Commonweal,” Wheaton alumnus Marty Troyer, and from the other Wheaton College — the one in Massachusetts that didn’t hire a bunch of anti-Muslim bigots as administrators. [Read more…]

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Breaking news: Wheaton College suspends King Christian X of Denmark for suggesting Christians and Jews worship the same God

How should Christian leaders respond to escalating violence and bigotry toward Muslims? The leaders of Wheaton College suggest the best course of action would be a monomaniacal focus on preposterous semantic hair-splitting premised on a willfully hostile and perverse reading of non-controversial remarks about the God of Abraham. I disagree. [Read more…]

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Sometimes so strange, sometimes so sweet

The resignation of Wheaton College president Philip Ryken wouldn’t completely unsoil the sheets there, but it might be a good start. Plus: Municipal broadband beats however you’re reading this; Ted Cruz has some hideous friends; the Webby Awards apparently still exist; and yes, of course I’ll link to a piece on “Buffy” and the folklore of Hell. [Read more…]

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Advent Calendar, Day Whatever

What should you do when some offense-addicted hegemon sneers a weaponized “Merry Christmas” at you, their fingers twitching over the holster of their quick-draw culture-war six-shooter as they evaluate your response to this tribal shibboleth?

You should say, “Thanks! You too!” And give ’em a big smile. [Read more…]

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Wheaton College suspends its own credibility

It’s impossible to see Wheaton College’s abrupt suspension of Prof. Hawkins as anything other than an obsequious, groveling attempt to appease Rich White Donors. And as a not-so-subtle threat to the rest of the faculty, staff and students to get in line and settle down. Or else. This is a sin. And a total dick move. [Read more…]

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NAE: Our politicized white theology has nothing to do with politics or race

The National Association of Evangelicals invites you to bow down and worship the “highest authority.” No, not God, silly. The Bible — the “highest authority” before which even White Jesus must kneel in submission. [Read more…]

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