CulturePoliticsTheology

4 Thoughts on Eugene Peterson’s Retraction

Eugene Peterson told Jonathan Merritt in an on-the-record interview that he supported same-sex marriage. I, along with many others, publicly registered my disappointment and reasons I wish Peterson would have held the orthodox line. Today, however, Peterson retracted his comments and issued a statement of support for the biblical definition of marriage. Through the smoke,…

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CultureLifePolitics

A Future of Snark, Not Ideas

Last week I saw several friends and fellow bloggers talking about this post, which, in bullet form, lays out a fairly scathing case against Twitter as a social media platform. The majority reaction to the post was that it was mostly hyperbole, mixed with an occasional insight and an occasional moronic statement. I don't necessarily…

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BooksCultureTheology

What Hogwarts Can Teach Us About Friendship

Why were the Harry Potter stories so wildly successful? What was it about them, as opposed to hundreds of other "young adult" novels, that embossed onto the consciousness of a generation? Why are we celebrating the 20th anniversary of their US publication with the same kind of enthusiasm as if the books were published last…

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On Charlie Gard (a reply to Matt Loftus)

Matt: You're always worth reading, and your perspective on the difference between allowing the "arc of life" to complete vs causing death is helpful. I absolutely agree with you that we ought never torture dying people. I also agree that in cases where death is clearly imminent, the moral dimensions of allowing it in vs taking…

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Movie Reviews

My 16 Top Movies of the 21st Century

Short story short: The New York Times released a list of the best movies of the 21st century. The list is wrong, but it's fun and interesting and, more to the point, inspired some friends of mine to come up with their own lists. You can guess where this post is going. So here's my…

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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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CultureLifeRandomTheology

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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