Beth Moore Leaves the Southern Baptist Convention. What Does This Mean? The Convention is Dying…

In an interview with the Religion News Service Beth Moore explains that she is leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Issues such as sexual abuse and how women are treated are part of it. But the rise of Christian nationalism and the embrace of Donald Trump in 2016 stunned her. The tipping point is seeing the same Baptists who went after Bill Clinton for his sexual affairs defending or explaining away Donald Trumps’ sexual abuse. This article is an overview of a number of issues that Beth Moore had with the Southern Baptist Convention. What does her departure mean? Well the Convention is dying. The death of the SBC will be good as the organization is not healthy, and instead corrupt and filled with rot. From its founding in 1845 until 2021 the organization has not moved very far over 170 years. Continue reading

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptists Calls on Donald Trump to Resign

After an attempted coup that Donald Trump inspired against the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 a prominent Southern Baptist has called on the embattled American President to resign. Russell Moore made the call for the president to leave this morning on Twitter. It will be interesting to see how the Christian nationalists of the  Southern Baptist wing will respond. Continue reading

Russell Moore on Protecting the Elderly in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Reflecting on an Older New York Times Op-Ed in Light of the Growing Coronavirus Situation in Texas

Back in March some of the Christian nationalists were arguing that it was okay to sacrifice the elderly for the sake of the economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said that it was time for the elderly to be sacrificed. That they should die for the sake of their grandchildren. Against that train of thought Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist’s Ethic’s and Religious Liberty Commission responded in a New York Times op-ed. Today, over three months later the United States is watching a growing disaster take place in Texas with a soaring COVID-19 infection starting to overwhelm the system. This post looks at what Russell Moore argued and reveals how his words have aged well. In contrast the Christian nationalists have not. Continue reading

Politics and the Evangelical Church in 2020. A Look at the Just Gospel Conference at Del Rey Baptist From March 5 – 7, 2020

In the Washington, D.C. area this past week a sizable and impressive conference took place at Garrett Kell’s Del Rey Baptist. Called the Just Gospel it looked at the issues of politics and the church and touched on issues from poverty to immigration as well. In what will be a volatile election year with many evangelicals involved in Christian nationalism the Just Gospel looked like a healthy and solid event, and honestly one that I wish I could have attended and listened in person.  Continue reading

The Southern Baptist Executive Committee Plans to Investigate Russell Moore for his Past Critical Comments of Then Candidate Donald Trump. Court Evangelical Jack Graham is Allegedly Leading this McCarthyist Action

The Southern Baptists Executive Committee which is based in Nashville, Tennessee is forming a task force to investigate Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Jack Graham and other Trumpvangelicals are angry over what Russell Moore spoke and wrote about regarding then candidate Donald Trump. Meanwhile this action shows that the SBC is actually indifferent to child sex abuse. The executive committee chose to do nothing when it allegedly heard reports of sexual abuse.  This is another reason why the Southern Baptists will never rise above the corruption that consumes them.  Continue reading

A Pivotal Week in Evangelical Christianity. A Christianity Today Editorial Calling for Trump’s Removal. A President Responds in Rage While the “Court Evangelicals” Double Down and Other Moderate Evangelicals Begin to Push Back

The week of December 19, 2019 through December 26, 2019 was quite dramatic. In it a fracture appeared in the Evangelical Christian culture in the United States after Donald Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives. The “court evangelicals” who are known for defending President Trump were caught off guard and the moderates who reject Christian nationalism pushed back. In the 1950’s when Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy created chaos with his investigations of imagined communists, it was an attorney for the United States Army that boldly asked him if he had any decency. Did we witness that moment of the fight for decency in the Christianity Today editorial? This post is a narrative of what happened in a week and what it could mean for evangelical culture. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Clay Crum (Southern Baptist Pastor at First Baptist Church in Luverne, Alabama)

An open letter to the pastor of First Baptist Church in Luverne, Alabama. This is a letter to a pastor of a Southern Baptist congregation where some people believe slavery was good. Others believe that Donald Trumps’ adultery is fine and excused as long as abortion is fought.  This is a church that is struggling with racism and reveals that parts of the SBC haven’t moved very far from where the denomination was in 1845.  Honestly if the Christian faith is represented by people like Jewell Killough, Terry Drew and Sheila Butler then I would rather spend an eternity in hell then be in heaven with them.  Continue reading

From The Gospel Coalition to the Catholic Church: Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968

This brief post is about how some Christians celebrated and remembered the memory of Martin Luther King. On the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis The Gospel Coalition held a conference in the same city to discuss racism. The Roman Catholic, mainstream and liberal Protestants also marked the day. This post also looks at the history of the Memphis Sanitation Strike and the King assassination.  Continue reading