Thing is, I'm part of a Reformed tradition that holds a high view of intellectual life and of Scripture. It means that we investigate orginal languages, historical context, and reject a narrow literalism for an interpretive framework that centers the redemptive work of Christ.
Which is why my denomination would organize a study committee to analyze God's word in connection to human sexuality, and why they would consult theologians, biblical scholars, biologists, pscyhologists, historians, and pastors.
Our orthodoxy is rooted in the historic creeds and confessions--we profess our faith w/ the Apostles or Nicene Creeds every single week--and not in statements concocted on a regular basis that center the faith on something other than this.
I've taught at a Chr university for almost 20 yrs. Never once has a student asked me if homosexuality is a sin. Never once has a student asked me to "affirm" their sexual identity. That's right, not once. But I have had students share how their parents have disowned them.
How parents cut off financial support, & how they are struggling to pay for tuition b/c they desperately wanted a Chr education. I've heard from parents who don't approve of their child's choices but desperately want them to find a way to hold onto their faith. They come to me.
I've walked alongside many, many LGBTQ students who struggle enormously. This is not "expressive individualism" or whatever you want to dismiss it as. They're not looking for easy answers. This is deep, soul-searching agony. Existential agony.
One of these students took their life last year. We--I--failed them. Two others I haven't heard from in more than a year. I am afraid for them. To treat their stories flippantly, to use any of this to score culture wars points, this is not the way of Christ, that much I know.
Because I have a deep respect for tradition & know how much I don't know, I don't come out guns blazing on this issue. Or at least I haven't. But to see the cruelty, snideness, flippancy w/ which many are treating this all, it suggests they don't know what they're talking about.
I can handle it. I know how this plays out. And they are not my people. But so many are watching. I know, because they're writing me right now. My inbox is filled with messages from people sharing heart-wrenching stories. Stories of faithfulness against all odds.
And also from conservatives who hold to traditional views on this issue, who are deeply grieved by what they're seeing and who want no part in this cruelty, snideness, and exclusion.

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27 Nov
I'd hoped to keep this weekend free from Twitter battles, but when persistently called a wolf, a destroyer of the gospel, & other such things, I felt a need to respond.
To me, what is primarily at issue is not whether some guys think I'm a Christian, a wolf, wolf-adjacent, or if I otherwise meet w/ their approval. Rather, I'm interested in addressing the nature of historical research & role of Chr academics in pursuing legitimate scholarship.
In a not-at-all-surprising twist, questions of the legitimacy of my scholarship quickly devolved into the question of whether or not I believe "homosexuality is sinful." Not really the point of J&JW, of course, and FTR I do not believe my work rises or falls on this question.
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21 Nov
“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
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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.)
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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.
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