Who cannot now see the rot in a culture that mobilizes to exile churches that call a woman on staff a “pastor” or that invite a woman to speak from the pulpit on Mother’s Day, but dismisses rape and molestation as “distractions” and efforts to address them as violations of cherished church autonomy? In sectorsContinue reading “Judgment begins at the house of God”
20 years ago it was all about the crisis in the Catholic Church. That crisis has wound around to hit every segment of the American Church. We need repentance. First. We can talk about all the other things to do, but right now it is repentance FIRST. We are NOT repentant. We are stiff-necked. ItContinue reading “The American church crisis”
This week was a whirlwind of activity with the SBC annual meeting in Nashville and a narrow “win” for the leadership of SBC going to the least offensive candidate. (He is actually a good man and I am familiar with his work in racial justice in the Mobile area.) It was a tense week watchingContinue reading “A step back from the brink?”
Over the past few years I have taught on and laid out some thoughts on the subject I call “Living in Babylon.” Over the past few years there has been a testing of what I have called “culturalized Christianity.” If this is something that is new to you, I suggest looking at my podcast pageContinue reading “Could hardness of heart be on full display this week?”
In the past five years, and I fully understand what that represents in time and certain people that will go nameless, we’ve seen an unleashing of spiritual destruction. Decay is not strong enough as a description. The utter rottenness of white conservative Christianity has been exposed over and over. Instead of repenting, there has beenContinue reading “For those in the back who still don’t understand systemic racism”
Earlier this week, I gave some links to issues regarding black brothers and sisters leaving white evangelical spaces. Now, the Southern Baptists are losing Beth Moore. (I am sure many them think this is a GLAD moment for them.) Her departure is “tectonic in its reverberations,” said Jemar Tisby, the president of a Black ChristianContinue reading “The reckoning we don’t recognize”
It’s more than being tone deaf, but it’s something I’ve mentioned for years and it’s now being exposed in deeper ways for a simple reason: white evangelicals are refusing to listen to what is going on around them.
John Fea calls them “court evangelicals.” I want to go a bit further and use the term: “culturalized Christians.” It’s not a good term, but I start there.
Last year the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution asking Lifeway Bookstores to quit selling the NIV2011. (Something about liberal commie pinkos or something like that.) Thankfully, Lifeway has decided to keep the NIV2011. I won’t shop at Lifeway any more than I already do (which is never), but I’m glad to hear they haveContinue reading “Lifeway Bookstores and the NIV2011”