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Culture/Politics

Eating And Drinking The White House

Hey, isn’t it great that Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is getting so much time on MSNBC these days?  I imagine he’s really winning some hearts for Christ there among the Rachel Maddow fans and the people who miss Melissa Harris-Perry’s pro-abortion tampon earrings. Of course, any platform, even a tavern, can be used for Christ, but my question for Al would be: when are you going to start?  (As in, using it for something useful, that is.) Let’s be real, shall we?  Al Mohler won’t be getting as many TV appearances on MSNBC after the election, will he? Of course not. Al’s a brilliant man, but from their perspective, he’s presently fulfilling the role of useful evangelical idiot — the one who can be counted on to dutifully castigate both Hillary and Trump in a way that will only help Hillary. Of course, giving Al some credit, he thinks he’s preserving evangelical “credibility,” by attempting to sway the body of Christ away from both Hillary and Trump,… Keep Reading

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Paul Ryan’s Lady Failure

If, as a young man, you spent a fair amount of time in Sunday School (as I did) being educated by ladies, you might have found yourself rushing, Paul Ryan style, to their defense, only to find they didn’t really need it — or want it. You know how it goes. Some strutting, sandy-haired Norseman in a letterman’s jacket walks into the party and brazenly appraises the girl you’re trying to impress with your knowledge of Paul’s epistles. You can’t believe it. His eyes are doing an elevator from the breast to hips and back up to her eyes and then he says something you wouldn’t dream of saying in a million years, something like “those are some pretty bumps, girl.” The whole thing is so tasteless and vulgar and transparent, you grimace. “Hey, let’s keep it classy,” you say, and the girl puts her hand on your arm and coos a “thank you” in a way that makes you melt, but THEN, when the banty rooster walks away,… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Politics

Personally Holy & Wholly Ineffective

This November, for some Christians, personal holiness will dictate a protest vote against Donald Trump. Is this really conscience, or something darker? Over my years as a believer, I’ve seen personal holiness measured in strange ways. One Sunday morning, after my wife was introduced to a member of the praise team as a “baby Christian,” one of the singers leaned in towards her, with a weird mix of intense curiosity and mystical reserve, and asked: “Have you witnessed yet?” I remember the odd silence between us as we walked out to our car that morning; we had failed this woman’s personal holiness test. All true believers had to have a recent witnessing story ready for her. Since then, I’ve seen personal holiness obsessions blow up in weird ways: the Baptist radio minister who roundly scolded any Christian who served cocktails in their home, only to have his radio show abruptly terminated some months later, after an affair with the church secretary was revealed. I can remember processing strange Bill… Keep Reading

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