December 18, 2017

Abandoning the Public Square….again

They are at it again. Their goal is simple: to get all children in the SBC out of public schools. To impose the teaching of creationism and Dobson-version approaches to moral issues on the entire SBC. Families can’t make the public school choice and be “good Christians.” Christians can’t minister in the public schools or […]

Christian Intolerance: We’ve been outed! What now?

But if we’re going to follow the Bible perfectly, we’re not finished yet. In the Old Testament, the punishment for homosexual acts is death. So let’s round up every gay person who has acted on their innate homosexual feelings and start administering lethal injection. While we’re at it, why don’t we also throw in anyone […]

Bisexual Logic and Gay Determinism: Does the rhetoric match the reality?

The release of the movie Kinsey and the continuing growth of bisexuality as a visible and publicized aspect of culture presents a very interesting dilemma for the gay rights movement. Are they sure they want us to listen to the bisexual community? For years, I have done a unit on homosexuality and Christianity in my […]

Take it easy on that spiritual warfare stuff

Spiritual warfare is a topic that occasionally raises its controversial head at my on-line tavern, but I’ll admit to ducking like a coward when it comes to saying what I think. Since BHT fellow J.S. Bangs tossed this rock at the window, I’ll stick my head outside and yell for a few moments. Then I’ll […]

A guide to my issues with Rick Warren

Saw Rick Warren on Larry King tonight. (Gee, Larry. Time to hang it up. Your comments sound demented.) Rick was everything I know and shake my head over. Mediocre. Full of cliches. Muddled about the Gospel, but mostly sorta kinda right. I found myself thinking I was watching the natural progression from Wesley to Finney […]

Derek Webb and Band: The Dame, Lexington, Ky, 11/14/04

Derek Webb and his new band brought the “I See Things Upside Down” tour to a small bar/club in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday night, and I was fortunate to be there for a wonderful show. Webb is a former singer/songwriter in Caedmon’s Call, leaving last year to make his own harder-edged, more theologically “out front” […]

Ted Rall: Answering questions no one is asking

I’m just curious. When I read a piece like Ted Rall’s anti-red state, anti-middle of the country, anti-populist, pro-elitist, pro-east coast liberal manifesto, did I , uh….miss something? Listen to this: So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn’t those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch […]

Beyond the bizarre and the arbitrary: How I became pro-life

“Doctors should not be aborting fetuses at a stage at which another doctor “operating under a different set of instructions” could give that same baby a reasonable chance of leading a full and healthy life.” Charlotte Edwardes, undercover reporter for the London Telegraph, who revealed how the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the U.K.’s largest abortion […]

A Secular Victory for Religious Fundamentalists: Chris Hitchens gets it right

Glory Hallelujah. Pass the offering plate and someone say “Help me, Jesus!” Revival has arrived, and the evangelist is my favorite atheist, Christopher Hitchens. So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of secularism. Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind […]

A Contrarian Manifesto for the Church Growth Debate

I have been in a lot of debates about the current worship and church revolution known as the seeker-sensitive, Purpose-Driven church. I’ve stated my case, taken on the other side, and come back to argue the same issues again and again. Today, I felt as exhausted with this discussion as a person could feel. So […]