God Hates Double Standards: Fred Phelps and the Evangelicals

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Fred Phelps is dead.And while the Westboro cult itself is refusing to mourn ("We don't worship the dead"), some counter-protesters at yesterday's Lorde concert in Kansas City graciously expressed counterintuitive condolences for the hate-group's loss.When Phelps's death was announced a few days ago, it didn't take long for evangelical condemnations to hit my feeds, some of them fierce, some of them kinder and more forgiving. Some Christians were quick to consign Phelps himself to the … [Read more...]

Pluralistic Society is the Answer, For the World Today

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When I was little there was a popular CCM song called "Jesus is the Answer." Maybe you remember it. The chorus went, simply: Jesus is the AnswerFor the world todayAbove him there's no otherJesus is the Way. The song became something of a rallying cry for the burgeoning post-Jesus Movement evangelical right, with implications for both saving souls and enacting righteous legislation. Yes, Jesus is the Answer for every down-and-out lost person who needs to get saved. And he's also the … [Read more...]

Some Questions About the Gay Cake

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By now, everyone's aware of the latest culture war click-frenzy, which we can all officially dub Arizona Cakegate, regarding a bill in the Grand Canyon State that gives business owners (especially those of the wedding cake or crappy DJ variety) the overt right to deny service to gay couples.And we're all aware of the predictable response from conservative Christian culture warriors, to the tune of chalking up wins for religious freedom if the bill should survive veto (despite sensible … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage & the Slippery Slope

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Even though much has already been said on this subject, it never ceases to amaze me that the primary argument from conservative Christians against legalizing gay marriage is that it is a slippery slope leading to all kinds of other legal marriage arrangements. Like polygamous/polyamorous marriage. Or worse, pedophiliac marriage. Or even worse, bestial marriage.Yep, if the gays get married, then we're only 10 years away from some guy marrying Mr. Ed.In addition to how offensive that … [Read more...]

Frank Schaefer & Phil Robertson Take Communion

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The pastor of the local United Methodist Church (where I've attended and collaborated over the last year) recently offered his thoughts about the events surrounding Pastor Frank Schaefer. While some of it is internal UMC shop-talk, I think his perspective is challenging to the church at large. Here's an excerpt: I write as one of the pastors at First UMC Burlington.  I do not represent our entire congregation.  Here is my dream for our church. Let us be fully, completely inclusive.  That means … [Read more...]

My #2013 Writing Elsewhere

It's  been a wonderful year here on the blog, and I so appreciate everyone who has read and joined the conversation. Ya'll are a huge blessing to me.It's also been a really fun year for writing elsewhere. Here's a roundup of the pieces I wrote that were published in other places:HuffPost Religion:Smokin' Hot Wives & Water for the SoulA False Gospel of ReconciliationCalling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit JusticeJesus Will Rapture the Church Out of … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on Glenn Beck

Last night, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Seattle was on Glenn Beck's show. Here are the (free) clips from the show, the first one being about "men" and the second about "intolerance." Both reinforce the view I've expressed here that Mark and other prominent "young" conservative evangelical and neo-reformed leaders are coalescing a new religious right in the U.S.Men:Intolerance:While the content is fairly predictable, a couple things stand out that scream "new religious right." In … [Read more...]

VIDEO: “The Bible Says It’s Gross”

My friend Joel just sent me this video of Tina Fey on Inside the Actor's Studio, and it brilliantly sums up this whole #gagreflex conversation. Start it at around 1:25 for the greatness:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5H_KTyKUSG4#t=85 … [Read more...]

#GagReflex

Oops, they did it again.The Gospel Coalition, that is. This time, it's a post from Thabiti Anyabwile going above and beyond in confirming my perspective on the politicization of the neo-reformed around gay marriage legislation, creating something of a new religious right. And doing that, really, in the most base, tactless, and harmful way possible. I was going to type "carless," which would also be true considering the potential negative impact this post could have on gay young people in … [Read more...]

The Exodus of Exodus: Paradigms & Possibility

By now, the big news from Exodus International, to the tune that they are sorry and they are shutting down, is old news in the blogosphere. The conversation has turned from reporting to opinion: Just what does all this mean? Is this apology enough - or even close to enough? Is it some kind of PR cover for reorganizing an institution to market itself more successfully to a changing culture? Is it really just the same old homophobia in sheep's clothing?Or is it a meaningful, important shift - … [Read more...]


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