Hispanic Southern Baptist Pastors Criticize Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board

Donald Trump told evangelical leaders on Tuesday that he believes he will do well among Hispanic voters. These Hispanic Southern Baptist pastors see things differently. They lament the joining of evangelicals (especially Southern Baptists) and prosperity gospel preachers and they consider Trump's rhetoric about Hispanics to fuel racism.  Here is their statement:Our Response to the “Trump Evangelical Advisory Board”OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As Christian pastors, and Hispanic Baptist leaders, we … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Meeting with Trump: Brothers and Sisters, What Else Do You Need to Know?

I will admit, I am very disappointed with evangelical so-called leaders who are going to meet with Donald Trump tomorrow. I just can't imagine what else they need to hear from Trump. His statements and actions aren't subtle and he has subjected us to them for over a year.At the top of the disappointment list is Eric Metaxas who just released a book calling for public virtue to help save the nation. He also has declared Donald Trump the only hope for the nation. Today's Washington Post … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas’ New Book: On Tolerance for All Denominations and Religions in Colonial America, Part Two

In his new book, If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas writes on page 70: Since the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620, religious freedom and religious tolerance have been the single most important principle of American life. If only.As I pointed out in two previous posts (link, link), Metaxas makes the argument that the Pilgrims provided a model of religious tolerance which was incorporated by the Founders into formation of America. In contrast to his claim, I wrote about the persecution of … [Read more...]

On Tolerance for All Denominations and Religions in Colonial America

In his upcoming book If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas claims there was "complete tolerance for all denominations and religions" for nearly a century before the founding era of the United States. From page 35 of the book:On page 70, he adds Since the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620, religious freedom and religious tolerance have been the single most important principle of American life. Such tolerance was not extended to Quakers and other dissenters in the colonies. In 1660, Mary … [Read more...]

Does Christianity Need Donald Trump’s Help?

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Faith and the Election. Read other perspectives here.Now that Donald Trump is the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, we can look back at some of the promises he has made. Of interest to the current Patheos Public Square conversation on faith and politics are his promises to make businesses say Merry Christmas and his pledge to “work like Hell” for Christian power.In February, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas … [Read more...]

Rolling Stone Examines Evangelical Reactions to Donald Trump

Writing for Rolling Stone, Sarah Posner examines a variety of evangelical reactions to Donald Trump's status as presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Yours truly is quoted along with several other conservatives grappling with what it means to live in a Trumpian universe.Some highlights:Trump might get 50% of the evangelical vote says Tobin Grant. That prediction compares unfavorably to Mitt Romney's 79% of the evangelical vote in 2012. Denny Burk, professor at Boyce College told … [Read more...]

For Mothers Day, Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris Speaks Conception

He did this last year too. One of Mark Driscoll's friends and benefactors, Robert Morris believes he can speak conception to infertile couples. Listen to part of the sermon actually delivered yesterday:This is a transcript of the first view minutes. Near the end of the prayer, Morris "speaks conception" to infertile couples (at about 4:00 in this clip). I do wanna pray over a specific group of ladies.  I do this nearly every Mother’s Day.   Um, and that is, if you want to have a child.  … [Read more...]

Liberty University Says There Were Other Reasons Board Members Were Upset With Mark DeMoss

In response to statements made yesterday by Mark DeMoss, this morning Liberty University sent along another statement about Mark DeMoss' resignation from the Liberty University board of trustees.Individual board members have varied reasons for their displeasure regarding Mark DeMoss’ comments to the Washington Post, most of which are not related to his disagreement with Jerry Falwell’s personal endorsement of Donald Trump or a belief that Mark DeMoss’ motivations were entirely polit … [Read more...]


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