“The stories of Du Mez, Barr, and Tisby are confronting, even subversive, because they take the mirrors out of the American evangelical Bible, they expose the naked self-interest that was at work, they narrate the consequences of those self-interested interpretations… 1/8
…they demonstrate different ways of reading the Bible, different ways of looking at oneself, and that is confronting precisely because it is revealing!” 2/8
“It’s the culture that the Bible is enmeshed in that is the problem. In some places…the culture of biblical interpretation is rigged towards propping up whiteness, patriarchy, and xenophobia. The Bible needs to be unrigged… 3/8
…& replaced with a practice of biblical interpretation that is global, catholic, consensual, and responsible.
So let me be clear, some parts of American evangelicalism do not need to be deconstructed, they need to be destroyed.” 4/8
“Where American Evangelicalism is just a prop for male domination and a license for male abuse, let it be anathema.
Where American Evangelicalism is a place for segregation from other ethnic groups and a safe space for racism, hand it over to Satan.” 5/8
“Where American Evangelicalism is just an after-dinner mint in WASP society, kick over the dessert table.
Where American Evangelicalism sponsors systems where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, let those hearts be fattened for the day of slaughter.” 6/8
“Where Am Evangelicalism builds golden calves & tells us that they are monuments to Jesus, may the idolaters be forced to eat & excrete their god.
Where Am Evangelicalism is merely religious capital for any political faction, left or right, stick a Jael nail into its head.” 7/8
“Let’s make Evangelicalism about the evangel again!”
Thank you @mbird12.

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24 Oct
So much here that resonates w/ what I've been observing/experiencing: "Nearly everyone tells me there is at the very least a small group in nearly every evangelical church complaining and agitating against teaching or policies that aren’t sufficiently conservative or anti-woke.”
“The divisions and conflicts we found are intense, easily more intense then I have seen in my 25 years of studying the topic."--@MichaelOEmerson
What this adds up to, he said, is “an emerging day of reckoning within churches.”2/11
"The 1st step was the cultivation of the idea w/in the religious right that certain political positions were deeply Christian, acc to Marsden....The dominance of political religion over professed religion is seen in how, for many, the loyalty to Trump became a blind allegiance."
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11 Oct
Here we have another definition of "elitism": "...folks who like to broadcast on Twitter or op-eds or bestselling books about how terrible evangelicals are."
OK, you got my attention, I'll read on...
..."It’s a constant performative self-heroism in public for temporary applause....It delivers critiques of Christians, not with tears and pastoral pleading, but with bitter disdain." And all this goes against Paul's command to make every effort for unity in the body of Christ.
Does it tho? Both Galli and Darling seem unable (or unwilling) to accept that fellow Chrs writing in public do so out of deep personal conviction. Darling accepts this is the case for his good friend David French. Why not for others too, even people who aren't close friends?
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8 Aug
A lot of American Christians are talking a lot about about rights right now. Some thoughts:
My church doesn’t (currently) mandate masks for unvaccinated, but 95% masked anyway. We limited to 1 brief congregational song at end, had little individually packaged communion elements.
It wasn’t the same as before, but we all accommodated. Out of a spirit of love. We have a standard English & basic English service w/ strong exegetical preaching. We recited the Maasai creed, sang a Kenyan song, & welcomed a Congolese family that just arrived from a refugee camp.
We prayed for those working on the front lines for racial equality and justice, in this country and around the world. This isn’t CRT this is just Christian love. (Though we can learn from things including CRT how to love well, w/ wisdom & prudence.)
Read 7 tweets
4 Aug
When my book first made the NYT bestseller list I thought it would be fleeting & rashly promised my kids that we’d celebrate every day it was on the list.
Looks like we’re in for another week of celebration, which is amazing. And also kinda exhausting. All good tho, all good. 🙃
Today’s celebration included but was certainly not limited to riding a grubby, over-priced (I mean priceless) stuffed dog around the mall.
This is what we have resorted to.
Read 4 tweets
4 Aug
A poignant reflection written by the daughter of one of my childhood friends. "And in my community, where the religious and social and familial combine inextricably, this expectation of silent endurance from women continues." 1/6
"It was there in my eleventh-grade doctrine class, when I summoned the courage to present my views on women in church leadership and a male classmate punctured the post-presentation silence with a sexist comment, dismantling weeks of work with one misogynist “joke.” 2/6
"It was there in my first week of tenth grade, when I approached my principal, having learned that two of my male classmates created a list ranking all the women in my class by specific body parts, 3/6
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3 Jul
Tis the weekend for Jesus and John Wayne everything. I’m getting tagged in a lot of pics, so maybe let’s collect them in a thread. Starting here:
Here’s my contribution, from tonight’s walk in small town America.
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