Jan 222013


Source: Christian Nightmares





Source: nakedpastor

More Christian pastoral reaction to the Obama inauguration.

“Is the Internet killing religion?”

“Blogging can be doing if it is done well.”


Giglio’s move was either a cultural victory because of his secret “hatred” of LGBT people; or it marks a definitive end to evangelicalism as we know it. But are these the only two ways to think about this? I don’t think so.


“Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Handling Theological Disagreement I Learned in Kindergarten”

“Along with a review of the differences between justification and sanctification, this material also explains how the authoritarian focused mindset that depends so heavily upon hierarchy can be exploited by “Christian mediation” programs.”


“What follows is a blog visitor’s response to my blog question to Calvinists about the source of the first evil inclination.”



 Posted by at 8:04 pm
Jan 162013
  1. Do Brian McLaren and Mark Driscoll both have a legitimate claim to be an “evangelical?”
  2. “I shook my fist, I screamed in a pillow, I pounded the bed. I wept uncontrollably and let myself be the rage I had felt for so long. And then I wrote:”
  3. CCEF interviews Julie Lowe on bullying.
  4. “Of course sometimes we should speak. But most the time listen.”
  5. “We sometimes observe that hard cases make bad theology. But easy, formulaic answers to questions of suffering are invariably reductionistic—and they make bad theology, too.”
  6. “But when it comes to wrapping someone in tentacles that keep them from seeing and hearing the truth when they encounter it, that is precisely what Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis do!”
  7. “Christian opponents to same-sex marriage want the government to treat homosexuals as a special category of persons subject to discrimination, similar to the way that African-Americans and women were categorized in the past, cultural and economic critic Wendell Berry told Baptist ministers in Kentucky Jan. 11.” (HT)
  8. “Steve Chalke, a Baptist minister and popular evangelical leader/author/speaker in the UK, has endorsed same-sex marriage”
  9. “The general director of the Evangelical Alliance, Steve Clifford, believes Steve Chalke is wrong to conclude that the Bible endorses same-sex relationships.”

  10. “Once you have read right-wing Calvinist lyrics, you cannot un-read them.”

  11. “But I think it’s probably for the best that we decline all opportunities to contribute to America’s window dressing of civil religion.”
  12. “But, as I read the perspectives in the aftermath of the fallout, I did find myself wishing that Christians caught in positions comparable to Giglio’s would rather be fired than withdraw.”


 Posted by at 8:45 pm
Jan 082013
  1. Becky” (HT)
  2. “…the hope that you and I have of being in a conscious state of existence with Christ at the moment of death is strangely absent among Old Testament believers.”
  3. Rebecca’s story about leaving Mars Hill Church.
  4. “December 26 was a fitting day for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to refuse judicial relief to the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, whose Christian owners object to certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act. On the calendar of Western Christianity, December 26 is St. Stephen’s Day, the day that honors Christendom’s first martyr.
  5. We should step back for a moment here to recognize the absurdity of CT’s attempt to make this a “religious” claim, because their argument is simply indefensible on Christian religious grounds.”
  6. Former contestants on the TV show The Biggest Loser are critical of the show’s decision to include kids.



 Posted by at 10:28 pm
Jan 012013

Happy 2013!

  1. Dental assistant fired for “irresistable attraction” (HT)
  2. If the young and restless would-be Calvinists read much in the history of Calvinism they would know that failure and defeat is par for the course of the church militant (neo-Calvinists’ postmillennial optimism to the contrary).
  3. Westminster think tank Civitas is warning that Christianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands.
  4. William Paul Young is interviewed for a Christian podcast.
  5. Stanford University has hired a chaplain for atheists. (HT)
  6. There’s always something lost in translation. But how much is lost? Here I want to explore five more myths about Bible translation.
  7. “…the religious idea that the Flood was real has been important to the actual history of geology as a science. But by now, however, science knows better. I can’t say as much for the media.
  8. However, in the preoccupation with Arminianism many students fail to see that Calvinism’s true enemy is Unitarianism…”
  9. Have you ever wondered whether all this–you, your life, the universe–is just a sophisticated computer simulation?
  10. I think church life in America has changed so dramatically that it is hardly recognizable.
  11. John Piper’s last sermon as the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. (HT)


 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Dec 252012
  1. IT hasn’t been a good year for evangelicals. I should know. I’m one of them.” (HT Becky Garrison and Owen Strachan)
  2. You see, that’s exactly what happens when you dismiss the terrifying texts of the Bible as non-literal myths. YOU SILENCE THE VICTIMS!
  3. There is a surfeit of historical importance to Jesus that cannot be overcome by hypothetical speculations.
  4. Why does religion survive — thrive in fact — when it is persistently attacked and ridiculed by naturalism and has been predicted to disappear since the Enlightenment?
  5. Hopefully the Queen James Bible will generate some useful discussion of these passages. But on the whole, from what I’ve heard about it, I am unhappy.
  6. I continue to be befuddled by the neo-Calvinist claim that Scripture speaks to all of life
  7. But Israeli archaeologists now say there is strong evidence that Christ was born in a different Bethlehem, a small village in the Galilee.
  8. When we preach that violence and power and control are an inherent part of our gospel, and an inherent part of the identity of men – as people like Mark Driscoll do – we cause great harm to the body of Christ.
  9. The new Hobbit movie has only confirmed the feeling I got from the Lord of the Rings films. Peter Jackson doesn’t understand — or more likely, doesn’t care much — about the moral and religious scaffolding upon which J.R.R. Tolkien built his stories.
  10. In the field of (fictional) DIY mayhem, the leading brand is clearly the company where Wile E. Coyote shops for gear to catch the Road Runner….Wile E. Coyote ordered and received 126 different items from the corporation and Loukotka has made a poster that includes them all.
  11. …two lawyers called James Daily and Ryan Davidson do a magnificent job overview of the US legal system that manages to be extremely informative and incredibly entertaining, because, as the title implies, they tour the legal system as it would apply to comic-book superheroes.
 Posted by at 11:59 pm
Dec 182012
  1. Which is why, right now, amid the pain, confusion, and heartbreak that our country is feeling and processing, we (as in America’s evangelical churches) should be asking lots of questions. And we should be asking these questions now, while we’re still in the emotional shadows of Friday’s shooting.
  2. There are limits to your freedom.” (warning: language)
  3. Today, as Lee and Sinitiere point out, evangelicals draw millions of followers by reimagining Christianity, and part of this reimagining has been enabled by the normalization of the entrepreneur:
  4. We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’re getting a refresher course in just how that inside game is played, gifts and all.
  5. Sometimes it is downright embarrassing to be an evangelical.
  6. Christianity Today picks the top 12 albums of the year.
  7. Dead Sea scrolls now available online
  8. If you doubt whether God is real, the gospel is true, and sinners really can be transformed, watch this three-minute video.
  9. Credit card skimmers aren’t just at ATMs anymore
  10. Greg Boyd is doing a series of video blogs on why we can trust that the Christmas stories, as told in the Gospels, are reliable. Very insightful.
  11. If Starke wants to claim for Protestant missions continuity between Geneva and Wheaton (the headquarters of Crossway Books and therefore of the Gospel Coalition), he should leave the task of history to licensed professionals.
  12. Pastor Jim McClarty…provides very good (biblical) responses to a critic of Reformed theology
  13. “Bart Ehrman’s new essay in the soon to be out-of-business Newsweek magazine is simply crazy talk.” (quotation comes from last link)
 Posted by at 7:29 pm
Dec 112012
  1. Here is one reason you must be called to pastoral ministry: the people you love will not love you back—at least some of them will not love you back.
  2. The God and the Jesus that many conservative Christians envisage is one who is narcissistic and immature.
  3. Is thinking about God a big waste of time?
  4. Science! Making brain cells out of…uh…:shock:
  5. Questions about hell???
  6. Things to keep Christians, atheists, and nearly everyone else awake at night.

  7. “Torn”
  8. What is the nature of human nature? What are we intended to be…. and to do?
  9. I’m going to tell you about a church that made a drastic change to their church property–they added a tiny sticker to their church sign.  And that tiny sticker made a difference.
  10. The West Point cadet who quit over religion.

  11. Mark Driscoll on whether one should or should not smoke pot (HT).
  12. Tax the churches
  13. The Book of Revelation is surprisingly non-final, given how it tends to be interpreted.
  14. The ten ‘coolest’ airports on Earth.

 Posted by at 11:21 pm
Nov 272012
  1. Tomb of Jonah discovered? (HT: AV)
  2. This invitation to deception is not true or right or good. But it is very popular among evangelical Christians desperate for some way to at least briefly feel like they are heroic, good and godly.
  3. Many people conclude, as Alexander did, that their experiences revealed Ultimate Reality, God, whatever. The problem is that different people discover radically different Absolute Truths.
  4. No self-respecting dietitian or health organization would ever claim that encouraging eating out in restaurants, drinking juices containing 10.5 teaspoons of sugar per glass, and eating faux-fruit candies that contain more sugar than actual candy could possibly be good for living healthy lives. And yet that’s exactly what the Heart and Stroke Foundation is actively teaching Canadians with their disgraceful, and nutritionally unethical, Health Check program.
  5. Wright has said that his translation above is the fruit of good, solid scholarship. Well, then, it seems that we have stronger reasons every day for walking away from good, solid scholarship. If this is serious scholarship, why on earth are we taking it seriously?” (HT)
  6. It was always my contention, living with a special needs daughter who could be called home at any time, that it was not her health issues that determined when should go, but my spiritual health issues.
  7. When progressive Christians try to put an egalitarian spin on the Bible, it’s the same unconvincing argument made by corporations that claim to not be sexist because their board of directors has nineteen white men and one woman.
 Posted by at 11:01 pm
Nov 202012
  1. A couple got married yesterday with their terminally ill son as best man.” (HT)
  2. And I can yell it all I want, but God won’t damn this season–he’ll be in it.” (HT)
  3. For one fleeting moment, it occurred to me: everyone around this table, myself included, would have argued passionately that our political agenda was shaped by our religious convictions. Yet those same convictions seemingly held no sway over the means we used to advance our agenda.” (HT)
  4. But if you read his entire story, you’ll see it is one of hope: that even after you and your family have been hurt by arrogant and abusive clergy and their enabling lay leaders, you can find a new church where the leadership are transparent, loving, and seek to minister to you and your family.
  5. For all the talk of the Jewish vote in the recent U.S. elections, I can’t help but wonder how Canadian Jews are conceiving of their own political commitments towards Israel.
  6. We need kids who are unafraid to ask the sorts of tough and exciting theological, philosophical, and scientific questions you can only ask when you know that, however this world came to be, God did it.
  7. They aren’t interested in a 140 character-at-a-time conversation — they simply want followers — ones who will buy what they’re selling.
  8. Stunning pulpit vomit from…Creflo Dollar’s ‘preaching’ as he warns his congregation that “a curse” will come on them if they say bad things about the appointed men of God who have fallen into sin. Where does this curse come from? Writing things on Facebook and Twitter.
  9. Another response, the one James K. Wellman, Jr. suggests in Rob Bell and a New American Christianity, is to see Bell as a faithful follower of Christ who is seeking to reject false American orthodoxies for a truer gospel…
 Posted by at 11:08 pm
Nov 142012


1. (HT)


2. (HT)


3. (HT)

4. Tony Jones on how the religious voted last Tuesday.

5. “Vatican II it wasn’t, but the meeting of the two Atlanta ministers on the dais of First Baptist bridged two of the most storied religious careers in Atlanta’s history. It also demonstrated that old hurts do, in time, heal.” (HT)

6. “A new study finds that women faculty say they’re undermined and passed over for advancement because of their gender. But they’re happier than they’d be at secular schools.

7. “With no further ado, THE FUTURIST Magazine releases its top ten forecasts for 2013 and beyond.” (HT)

8. “But I think that disaster might actually be a good thing for evangelicalism as a whole.

9. “What we might need to ponder is if the modern theories of complementarianism owe more to a Victorian construct or a Victorian ideal than to the Bible.

10. Are Christians losing the culture war?

11. “While I would be happy to see the Ten Commandments back on the courthouse wall, the fight over symbolic issues is backfiring, alienating people from the truths of the gospel rather than attracting them to it.

12. “The church was already divided, you might say. It may have been, but the tear now runs deeper.

13. “But the reality of economic reconciliation is coming. Christians must be prepared to help. In doing so, the harvest will be enhanced.

14. Chuck Pierce’s vision. (HT)

15. Fried burgers!!!

 Posted by at 6:10 pm
%d bloggers like this: