October 10, 2019

• When I was a kid back in the early 1970s, our small town’s library was a cramped set of rooms on the third floor of the township building. You had to go in past the police desk and up three flights of stairs. My mom was a library regular who was furious that many would-be patrons just couldn’t make it up those stairs. She made library runs for some of her older neighbors who couldn’t manage it, and recruited… Read more

October 9, 2019

Ralph Reed is not saying that Trump is God. Ralph Reed is saying that Trump is Caesar and that Christians have a moral duty to worship and obey Caesar. Read more

October 8, 2019

“Bible prophecy” is the business of explaining God’s mistakes and God’s plan to correct them at the end of the world. Read more

October 4, 2019

This sort of obvious wrongness can’t really be called misapprehension. It’s more like a kind of non-apprehension — a stubborn refusal to apprehend. Read more

October 3, 2019

I have a suspicion about the origins of “woke” that I haven’t been able to confirm. My guess is that it started in the black church. The full associated phrase — “Get woke, stay woke” — just sounds preacherly. More specifically, it sounds like somebody got started on a sermon on Ephesians 5 and then got rolling. But I haven’t found any confirmation of that. Before the term got conscripted and corporatized, overused and appropriated, and just generally beaten beyond… Read more

October 1, 2019

The story of every “ex-gay ministry” begins exactly the same way and ends exactly the same way. Read more

September 30, 2019

Anthea Butler’s NBC News op-ed — “White evangelicals love Trump and aren’t confused about why. No one should be.” — is going to upset a lot of readers. That’s a good thing, because Butler is speaking urgent, unvarnished truth. The stark bluntness of that truth, though, is going to make what she’s saying difficult to hear — especially for the white evangelicals she’s talking about. They’re going to be indignantly defensive about this. That’s not unusual, of course — indignant… Read more

September 27, 2019

Apart from the awful rom-com subplot, this book is just characters talking to their bosses at work. It should’ve been titled “See Me in My Office As Soon As You Get In.” Read more

September 26, 2019

The Trump administration is further slashing America’s hospitality to refugees — and thereby destroying refugee resettlement agencies, probably beyond repair. Read more

September 25, 2019

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Read more

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