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Muslims and Baptists Together (Calvinists too)

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Barry Hankins observes that Baptists are beginning to understand the experience of Muslims in the United States: what if Baptists, like Muslims, wanted to live by a different set of laws than the state of Texas or the United States? Funny you should ask, since in the run up to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage… Read More→

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Can Israel Save U.S.?

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News that Charles Stanley is declining an award from the Jewish National Fund prompted me to wonder if U.S. support for Israel would wane if the State of Israel legalized gay marriage. First the news about Stanley: Megachurch pastor Charles Stanley has turned down an award from a pro-Israel Jewish group, citing controversy over his… Read More→

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Thought Experiment

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Is the persecution that U.S. Christians face comparable to that experienced by Syriac Christians? On the situation in the U.S.: If the media, the law and our elite institutions succeed in lumping Christian sexual morals in with white racism, how long will it be before believing Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox (and many religious minorities) find themselves… Read More→

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A Fundamentalist Is A Mean Evangelical

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It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Evangelicalism of the Billy Graham variety was supposed to present a kinder gentler conservative Protestantism. But as Tommie Kidd recently observed, evangelicals rarely receive positive press these days: It’s nice to be liked. But it also comes with temptation – that of focusing all the church’s work… Read More→

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Jason and the Callers’ Worst Day

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Pope Francis denies the rationale for Called to Communion: “Our shared commitment to proclaiming the Gospel enables us to overcome proselytism and competition in all their forms,” Francis said. “All of us are at the service of the one Gospel!” Although Francis has repeatedly called on Christians to invite others to the faith, he has… Read More→

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Would the PCUSA Hire Me?

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What if I claimed to be channeling God’s Spirit, the way that More Light Presbyterians say the Holy Spirit descended upon the PCUSA’s General Assembly during its recent vote to allow Presbyterians ministers to officiate at same-sex marriages in state’s where gay marriage is legal. (If you’ve got the Spirit, feathers and all, why does… Read More→

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If Christians Thought of Themselves Less as Transformers and More as Pilgrims

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They might receive better treatment. Ross Douthat brings up a good contrast between the Amish and social conservatives: . . . let’s pause for a moment to consider the substance of the well-known case she cites, Wisconsin v. Yoder, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Amish families had the right to withdraw their children… Read More→

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Why Do You Need to be A Christian to Feed the Hungry?

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The flip-flop of World Vision on gay marriage has attracted lots and lots of comments but no one seems to be asking a couple of important questions. That’s why we have confessional Reformed Protestantism. 1) As the title here suggests, why is it necessary for Christians to dispense aid to the poor and hungry through… Read More→

Posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Evangelicalism, Jure Divino Presbyterianism | Also tagged , , , | 20 Responses

How “Outsiders” See It

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For evangelicals it seems, debates about Arizona bill SB 1062 are simply about religious freedom. But non-evangelicals often see more clearly because they have less at stake. Consider Noah Millman (once again): So, for example, if the issue is being coerced to provide services for marriage ceremonies that violate one’s religious beliefs, why not write… Read More→

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What if We Thought about Marriage the Way We Think about Driving?

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The fallout from the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 continues to pile up. But even before the justices tallied their votes and wrote contrary opinions, some could see that the debate over gay marriage had lost its way and that marriage in the United States was in bad shape. For instance,… Read More→

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