CultureMusingTheology

Does Conservative Theology Empower Abuse?

Here are three things that I believe are true and that are important for honest people to admit: It is a moral travesty when religious people or organizations use their beliefs, influence, or infrastructure to hurt, control, or manipulate other people. Theologically conservative organizations have been guilty of doing this, many times, often with disastrous,…

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Virtue and Signaling

One of the responses I keep seeing to the Southern Baptist Convention's statement about alt-right and white supremacy goes like this: "I agree that racism is bad, but this just feels like political correctness. It seems like the SBC just wants liberals to think they're good people. Why aren't we condemning all forms of racism,…

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LifeMusing

My Father’s Best Gift

My father's best gift to me was his obscurity. In the 20+ years in which he pastored churches and his children grew up, he never published anything other than a newsletter article, spoke anywhere other than a church pulpit, or was known by anyone other than those who had met him or us. Whatever the…

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Proud

I'm grateful that my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, overwhelmingly passed a resolution at their annual meeting today condemning the white supremacy of the so-called "alt-right" movement. This was the right resolution at the right time for the right reasons, and it was the right decision to pass it. The resolutions committee's decision not to…

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Would You Leave Your Church Over Politics?

Question: Would you, Christian, ever be so disappointed in the political views of your pastor or fellow church members, that you found yourself unable to even bear going to church anymore? To be totally honest, before today, I would have dismissed this theoretical as too ridiculous for serious contemplation. It seems to me self-evident that…

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Some Advice for Writers

Recently a few friends of mine have asked me about writing, and for some perspective and/or advice on how to get started doing it seriously. I've given the same advice enough times that I figured it might be helpful to put what I most frequently say here as a kind of reference. As always, none…

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LifePoliticsTheology

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

A question that's been nagging me: Would Anthony Weiner still have a political career if he hadn't owned an iPhone? Last week Weiner pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor through his smartphone. His plea deal comes with probable prison time. Weiner, former Congressman and aspiring New York City mayor, told the…

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What Graduation Means

Last spring spent about four hours of a┬áMonday night at a college graduation. My wife was being awarded her degree in elementary education, and she was joined by (according to the college president) 995 other undergraduates. Graduates were welcomed, inducted, charged, presented, and awarded, in that order. The night was long; speeches repeated, processionals and…

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