A Few Thoughts on The Village Church Controversy

UPDATE: Christianity Today is reporting this evening that Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church, plans to apologize to his church this weekend during Sunday services. He gave CT some comments which indicated that he believes the elders were "domineering" and "sinned against some people."Matthew Paul Turner has an email he says is an apology to the Village Church members from the elders. It appears that The Village Church elders have made a better move....................This … [Read more...]

Over the Top Reactions to Gays and the Duggars

I read two op-eds this morning which took the same approach to different groups.First, Jenny Kutner at Salon demonized the religious beliefs of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Second, Matt Barber beat up on gays in an op-ed attacking the Boy Scouts of America's president Robert Gates. Both authors, from opposing ideological perspectives, attempt to explain the factors behind child sexual abuse. Neither succeed.Kutner finds the Duggars beliefs unacceptable and links the patriarchal beliefs … [Read more...]

Tony Evans, White Privilege, and the Two World Policy

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Tony Evans raised eyebrows several weeks ago when he said the African-American family was "a lot stronger" during slavery than now. He later issued a statement saying "slavery was "ungodly, unrighteous, and unbiblical." However, he maintained that Black families today have "lost some of our unity" in contrast to Black unity during slavery.  While we disagree about the stronger slave family, I appreciated Evans' efforts to address his earlier remarks.Evans had other things to say in that D … [Read more...]

Take the Survey: Religion and Beliefs About Extraterrestrial Life

My middle school aged son is doing some research on the mutual influence of religion and beliefs about extraterrestrial life. You can help him out by taking the survey below (if you don't see the survey embedded, then click this link). Should take between 5-7 minutes depending on your responses.Appreciate any feedback in the comments section. Thanks in advance.Create your own user feedback surveyWe will report the results here after a week or so of collecting responses. Again, … [Read more...]

Was Tony Evans Right About the Stronger Slave Family?

On his Facebook page,* The King's College professor Anthony Bradley, keeps this issue alive by asserting that Tony Evans was right to say that African-American families were "a lot stronger" during slavery than now. Although he didn't break much new ground, Evans later clarified his remarks.Bradley referred to an excellent book by Herbert Guzman and said: Here's the deal. Tony Evans was largely correct. The black family was stronger during slavery *and* Reconstruction. It's simply not true … [Read more...]

Tony Evans Clarifies Statement About Stronger African-American Families During Slavery

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About two hours ago, I received this statement apparently in response to the Christian Post article about Evans' statements about slave families. The CP article triggered a post from me on the subject. Evans' statement:I never had or expressed a doubt that Evans condemned slavery or racism.I offered my view in my post on the subject, linked to his full remarks in that post, and I am glad that Evans extended his remarks on the subject. Even though we don't see this issue the same way, I … [Read more...]

Former Faith Christian Church Members: ECFA Owes Us a Public Apology

After Faith Christian Church dropped membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the point person for former FCC members involved in providing testimony to the EFCA, Rachel Mullis, expressed her disappointment with ECFA's decision not to publicly release the results of the investigation.Now joining in is another supporter of former FCC members, Sandy Wade, who said in a comment on this blog: FCC took the cowards way out and so did ECFA. They obviously feel no moral … [Read more...]

Tony Evans Says African-American Families Were “A Lot Stronger” During Slavery

UPDATE: You can listen to Evans remarks in full at these Dallas Seminary pages (this link has part two and a transcript). He has many good things to say. It is unfortunate that he prolonged the notion of the stronger African-American family during slavery..................................................I can't believe Evans said this. I think I know what he was going for but this doesn't do justice to the history on the subject and plays into racial politics without any real benefit to … [Read more...]


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