Bernie Says Her Name: The Story Behind Sanders and Sandra Bland

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This is such a moving post about how Bernie embraced the Sandra Bland case to the extent that he said her name specifically in Tuesday night's debate (and said, "Black lives matter" more clearly than any other candidate): “Hello, I’m sorry, are you Mr. Sanders?” I asked. “I am,” he replied. “Well, I’m just over there having dinner with the mother of Sandra Bland and I thought maybe you’d like to meet her.” “Yes, please,” he replied. I got up to walk back towards our table only to see that Sh … [Read more...]

Is the Conversation About Consent Enough? Or Do We Need to Talk About Intimacy?


At the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman is pushing for the latter - and it makes sense. And from my perspective, the church should be setting a very high bar here (we are not) in modeling the centrality of intimacy, and covenant commitment, in Christian coupling. And this, not as a way of shaming sex or bodies or even those who engage or have engaged in casual sex, but rather as the high call to which we are graciously invited, that completely affirms the goodness of sex and bodies and is root … [Read more...]

A Draft of the 1611 King James Bible is Found, Delighting “Onlyists” Everywhere


Ok, maybe you don't HAVE to be an Independent Fundamental Baptist King James Onlyist to be excited about this discovery: But now, in an unassuming notebook held in an archive at the University of Cambridge, an American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it. The notebook, which dates from … [Read more...]

Who Won: Bernie or Hillary?


Alternet is asking the question in light of the mainstream media's near-certainty that Hillary won, while the polls and focus groups show something else: Bernie Sanders by all objective measures "won" the debate. Hands down. I don’t say this as a personal analysis of the debate; the very idea of "winning" a debate is silly to me. I say this because based on the only relatively objective metric we have, online polls and focus groups, he did win. And it’s not even close. CNN focus gro … [Read more...]

Guns – We’re Here to Stay

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Saturday Night Live was just so good the other night, mainly because Amy Schumer is just so good. The sketches were well written, and they were acted and executed even better, again, because Schumer.And, to top it all off there were even some great "commercials."Especially that one about guns.There must have been at least some debate in the writers' room about whether or not to run this spot this week, especially in lieu of the two college campus shootings that occurred last F … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber and Creflo Dollar Read the Lectionary


Both Justin Bieber and Creflo Dollar were in the news this week. And I admit, the circumstances were quite different. So different, in fact, that I won't be linking to the news stories about the Biebs but will happily display Dollar's contribution above! (I will add that one could certainly argue over which headline was actually more offensive.)However, a Complex interview with Justin made the rounds a week or so ago, which does add some linkable context to this post. Because in that i … [Read more...]

The Lost Cause of the Prosperity Gospel

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While it's not surprising that a who's who of prosperity gospel televangelists held a prayer meeting with Donald Trump at the Trump Tower, it is at least striking that a group of Christian leaders would so readily discredit both themselves and the gospel they claim to believe.Truly, the prosperity gospel itself discredits everyone and everything associated with it, but this was just like, "Hey, gross abuse of the gospel for personal gain, I'm gonna see your 60 million dollar Gulfstream … [Read more...]

Finding our Subterranean Way Again: Chapter 1 Review of Dan White Jr.’s New Book


Numbers tell us very little about rootedness. This sentence captures the strong start of Dan White Jr.'s new book Subterranean. And it captures my attention too.See, I used to be a church planter. It's not that I am against church planting now - it's just that I'm not a church planter anymore. I have a clarity about that, a clarity that's been hard to come by, that has taken some time to embrace, but a clarity nonetheless. Yet, my clarity about not being a church planter anymore, and about … [Read more...]

Man of No Reputation


He was a man of no reputation By the wise considered a fool For he spoke about faith and forgiveness In a time when the strongest arms ruledAnd this man of no reputation Loved the weak with relentless affection And he loved all those poor in spirit Just as they were He was a man of no reputation This past Saturday was the anniversary of Rich Mullins' death. And seeing all the reflections on social media triggered a memory of how I used to listen to his posthumously released Jesus … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Gospel is…Anger? Really? The Anatomy of a John Piper Tweet


As we've seen before, when John Piper tweets, it can get ugly. Like it did here:, of course, that 140 characters does not a systematic theology make, this particular tweet says a lot about where Piper and his followers are coming from. Let's take it apart piece by piece and see what the anatomy yields: Characters 1-23: "The heart of the gospel" You don't have to be Rob Bell to have a problem with the suggestion that what … [Read more...]