So here’s something we learned last week… Neo-Reformed theologian and self-described “paleo-Confederate” Doug Wilson thinks slavery was basically all right. In fact, he wrote a whole booklet about it, Southern Slavery As It Was, in which he erroneously claims: That most enslaved blacks were happier and better off than most free blacks and even many urban … Continue reading Doug Wilson and the Neo-Reformed
Here’s a thought in light of the recent controversy surrounding Jared Wilson’s inflammatory blog post (or, more precisely, Jared Wilson’s quoting of the habitually inflammatory Doug Wilson)… Obviously, the gender roles debate isn’t going away anytime soon. Nor should it. This is a conversation we ought to be having. Yet both sides feel they’re routinely … Continue reading A truce (of sorts)
(Or, where the argument for women’s subordination came from) Update 7/21: Friday night, Jared Wilson took down his post and apologized to those who were “offended and shamed” by his comments (more precisely, his quote of Doug Wilson’s comments), which many took as suggesting that men are more likely to fantasize about rape (and, God … Continue reading Fifty shades of nonsense
Yesterday, photos of smoke, ash, and devastation began to fill my Facebook feed. I have a lot of friends in Colorado Springs. I heard from one who spent the evening watching the ash descend on his house and praying it wouldn’t light. Another spent the morning watering her roof. Then came the updates from those … Continue reading Colorado burning
This news came from Matthew Paul Turner’s blog: a pastor fired from Mark Driscoll’s church has come forward with his story. Five years ago, Driscoll told his congregation he’d like to “go Old Testament on” on a few members of his leadership team, by which he meant he wanted to “break their noses” (referring to Nehemiah 13:25, apparently). … Continue reading Authoritarianism in the church: divine right or coping mechanism?
Last year, a 25-year-old Seattleite named Andrew got a taste of Mark Driscoll’s almost cult-like style of church discipline. Andrew’s story has made the rounds many times since blogger Matthew Paul Turner first shared it. I won’t rehash the details here. Yesterday, Slate picked up the story, which prompted some to accuse Turner of tarnishing … Continue reading In defense of troublemakers
There are times where Jesus says something nice and heartwarming like, “For God so loved the world…” etc. etc.* Then there are times when Jesus says something like this: This is why I speak to them in parables . . . ‘Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, … Continue reading A God who doesn’t want to be found?
A few days ago, Rachel Held Evans challenged male bloggers to respond to John Piper’s depiction of Christianity as a “masculine” religion. That’s why I wrote yesterday’s post about Huldah, a female prophet to whom the Jewish high priest, a male, turned for direction after rediscovering the Book of the Law. There are many of … Continue reading Apostles to the apostles
In the Old Testament, God kicked off his redemptive plan by forming a covenant nation called Israel. The nation as a whole was a chosen instrument, predestined by God. But each person had a choice to make. If you were born into the covenant, there were dozens of ways you could opt out — that is, … Continue reading Election in the Old Testament, part 3
Yes, it’s another Mark Driscoll post. This one is from Jonathan Martin, pastor of Renovatus Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The thing I like best about Jonathan (apart from the fact that I so badly want to see him turn a deck of cards into a weapon), is how he reminds us that women in … Continue reading The best thing I read this week (January 21)