Dear Fred Clark: Thanks But I Think John Fea and I Are in Good Shape

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Fellow Patheos blogger Fred Clark (Slacktivist) is worried for Messiah College prof John Fea and me. He says: But I’m worried for both of them. Specifically, I’m worried because this is an election year and that means that the ever-shifting goalposts of the white evangelical tribal gatekeepers may well shift between now and November. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming Republican presidential primary races, the bounds of theological acceptability could shift in such a way that both of thes … [Read more...]

Marco Rubio Announces Religious Liberty Advisory Board

At least Rubio has better taste than Ted Cruz in historians.World magazine has the list of Rubio's religious liberty advisory board members. Seriously, Thomas Kidd's presence in this group makes me feel better about Rubio.Carlos Campo—president, Ashland University Vincent Bacote—associate professor of theology and director of the center for applied Christian ethics, Wheaton College Kyle Duncan—former general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for the … [Read more...]

Wrong Again: Bryan Fischer Says There Are No Muslims in Japan

No. Just. No.Writing on OneNewsNow, Bryan Fischer says Japan has no terrorism because the nation has no Muslims.Fischer relies on one Jewish Press article which takes him far away from the facts.Fischer says Muslims can't proselytize and there are no Muslim organizations. He says a lot of things that aren't true.For the facts, see this Politifacts article. The writers there evaluated similar claims back in November and rated them "pants on fire" which mean blatantly false.See … [Read more...]

Ed and Scott Cash Leave The Gathering

Bob Smietana at Christianity Today is reporting that Ed and Scott Cash have left The Gathering. See this post for more on The Gathering and then the Cash website for their statement.I also reproduce it here: Dear Friends,We want you to know that we have left the Gathering. For several months we have been praying, seeking wisdom, and meeting with multiple well-respected Christian leaders about this decision.We find all the allegations against Wayne Jolley to be very troubling and are … [Read more...]

Top Ten Posts in 2015

The ten top posts during 2015 are as follows with the most popular first:1. Open Letter to Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris from a Former Member of Mars Hill Church - This was posted on November 2, 2014 but remained popular throughout 2015. Driscoll recently joined Jimmy Evans as a director to form The Trinity Church in Phoenix.2. Former Chief Financial Officer at Turning Point Claims David Jeremiah Used Questionable Methods to Secure a Spot on Best Seller Lists - This story about … [Read more...]

The Gathering Follower Ed Cash Sent Reporter a Dear Bob Song

What about the Bob song?Ruth Graham got Bob Smietana to play the song Ed Cash sent to him in place of an interview about Cash's involvement in The Gathering.  Go read about it at The Atlantic.And if the above sentence didn't make any sense, then you need to read this and then Bob's article on The Gathering.Perhaps, Cash meant the song to come off as whimsical but it actually is more like creepy and very odd.I will say again, it is troubling to me that Chris Tomlin has allowed W … [Read more...]

Teen Mania Puts Out the Fire; Letter from Ron Luce to Honor Academy Alums

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Christianity Today is on a roll. After solid articles by Bob Smietana on Gospel for Asia and The Gathering, Morgan Lee scores an interview with Ron Luce on the end of Teen Mania. I am impressed that Lee got Luce to talk about the Honor Academy. What emerges is a study in self-justification and blame shifting. Essentially, Luce blames the kids for being soft. Luce told Lee that kids changed over the years. Luce said coaches and military leadership used to be able to motivate young people by … [Read more...]

Christianity Today on Wayne Jolley’s The Gathering

On December 14, Bob Smietana at Christianity Today posted a must read article on what appears to be a mind control splinter of Christianity called The Gathering.I read the CT article about The Gathering just after I posted yesterday about Mark Driscoll's beliefs in spiritual parenting being a part of apostolic gifting. The notion of one's minister being one's parent is, in the modern context, fertile ground for authoritarian teaching making the minister into a tyrant. Smietana's article … [Read more...]


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