You did this.

You did this. If you’ve spent these last eight years relentlessly demonizing the current occupant of the White House—questioning his religion (as if it should matter), doubting his citizenship, making thinly veiled racist jokes—you did this. And no, this isn’t about being a partisan shill. I disagree with President Obama on a great many things. If you … Continue reading You did this.

ISIS, genocide, and the real test of who we love

If you’re a politician, condemning ISIS is about as risky Lois Griffin’s “9/11 was bad” campaign speech. Still, there is something remarkable about the resolution that passed Congress this week—one of the few things to pass Congress lately, much less with bipartisan support—and the declaration made by John Kerry, accusing ISIS of genocide. Both statements … Continue reading ISIS, genocide, and the real test of who we love

Rob Bell’s new video, reclaiming the word “evangelical,” and the choice between power and presence

“I’m an evangelical, and I believe in good news for everybody.” Rob Bell was written off by many evangelical leaders years ago, so on the one hand, it’s kind of surprising he’d want anything to do with the term “evangelical” now. Yet he’s back on old form in his newest video, unpacking something he taught more than once in his Mars … Continue reading Rob Bell’s new video, reclaiming the word “evangelical,” and the choice between power and presence

Why do evangelicals like Trump? Because he’s one of us.

Donald J. Trump the leading choice for president among evangelical voters right now. This isn’t going down well with some of the gatekeepers—and for good reason. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, summed up nicely the problem with Trump: He’s an unrepentant serial adulterer who has abandoned two wives for other … Continue reading Why do evangelicals like Trump? Because he’s one of us.

If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that from a biblical perspective the modern state of Israel and the Old Testament nation are one and the same. Let’s say the old covenant is still in force, that the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948 fulfilled biblical prophecy. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Paul’s assertion that “all Israel will … Continue reading If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible