Category Archives: religion

Hating the sinner

My experience is that when we say, “We need to speak the truth in love,” it’s the same as when we talk about “Hating the sin but loving the sinner.” Both phrases are a coded way of saying “I’m about … Continue reading

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Grace, but not to you, revisited

If it’s against your conscience to bake cakes, maybe you should leave the bakery business. Or, look at it this way: If selling a cake to a same-sex couple for their wedding day makes the baker somehow complicit in their … Continue reading

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On prayer

Following the environmental disaster brought on Texas by Hurricane Harvey, President Trump has declared this Sunday, Sept. 3, to be a national day of prayer. What’s the point? As one acquaintance asked, “What is a day of prayer supposed to … Continue reading

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On the Nashville Statement

I’m going to say something that may shock you. Being gay isn’t about sex. I swear to God. That’s not the impression you would get from the signatories of the Nashville Statement, freshly released by the Council on Biblical Manhood … Continue reading

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Understanding the spirits

From what I can tell, Bible scholars are fairly well divided over unclean spirits, whether that’s a synonym for demons or if there’s intended to be a clear distinction. Speaking generally and acknowledging once again that I don’t know ancient … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor on faith

“I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which … Continue reading

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The ‘Billy Graham’ rule

I have a serious question for everyone: Would you ever meet up with a member of the opposite sex other than your partner — or if you’re gay, a member of the same sex other than your partner — for … Continue reading

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Paul and Stoicism

Paul and the other writers of the Christian Scriptures regularly availed themselves of the language of other philosophies and of the Roman Empire itself, and subverted it. John the Evangelist used Logos, a Gnostic term, to refer to Jesus. Colossians evokes … Continue reading

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Divide and conquer

Empire benefits from keeping us divided and quarreling among ourselves. The Samaritans and the people of Judea had plenty of reason to hate each other already, with ethnic and sectarian strife that went back for centuries. They had some legitimate … Continue reading

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When did Christianity jump the shark?

When did Christianity jump the shark? If you ask the average non-Christian in America what their impression of the church is, they’re going to rattle off things like intolerant, homophobic and Islamophobic; and easily could get into the support Trump … Continue reading

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