As is my Friday tradition, I offer my rundown of things – good, bad, and ugly – which caught my attention this week. If you missed any of these, I strongly encourage you to visit the links below.
- My friend Sarah Taras, co-host of the Ezer Uncaged podcast with Lauren Larkin (also a pretty awesome person!), recently decided to crush the absurdity of modesty culture with a deeply personal (and damned courageous) post on pornography, lust, and womanhood.
2. In case you missed it, Dr. Ruth Tucker’s new book Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife has been released. I cannot stress enough how important and profound a book this is. If you still aren’t sold, read my review here and my interview with Dr. Tucker here. Please listen, you need to read this book!
3. Ashley Easter had a great post discussing male privilege and egalitarian theology at CBE’s blog. I think she hit the nail on the head, showing why so many men find gender equality in all facets of the Church so threatening.
4. Last week I highlighted Mark Driscoll’s deeply offensive sermon at Acts 29 flagship church Grace City. Unfortunately for Driscoll, that seems to be only the beginning of his woes. Driscoll has now been named a co-defendant in a civil RICO lawsuit charging him with Racketeering.
5. Amy Martin of The Dallas Observer has an excellent article focused on Any Smith of the Watch Keep blog. I the article, Martyn notes Smith’s work – she is a volunteer spokesperson for the SNAP network – in bringing child sex predators to justice within the Protestant church. It is absolutely astounding, and quite heartbreaking, the persecution Smith has received – even facing the rejection of her own father for her work.
6. While reading Dr. Ruth Tucker’s newest book (see above) I came across this quote from John Calvin’s commentary on the Corinthian epistles. It seems to me this quote still rings true in many Neo-Calvinist circles.
7. Given all the criticism Mark Driscoll has received recently, one would think he’d choose his words carefully. Instead, he offered this response to this critics via Twitter with a John Calvin quote. I’m not sure what Driscoll thought he was saying, but this quote isn’t helping his case much.
8. Lastly, this week it was revealed that Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is lauded by white supremacists. Trump responded by claiming he doesn’t know anything about the KKK or David Duke and thus refusing to criticize them. This played out practically when white supremacist Trump supporters forcefully and threateningly removed a group of peaceful, silent black protesters from a rally. In addition, it was revealed that some news organizations had their press credentials for the event denied, yet a white supremacist radio host was allowed to broadcast live from his rally.
Despite all this, Donald Trump – a man who promotes a xenophobic/racist rhetoric, is openly misogynistic, has been accused of marital rape, and wants to revoke the rights of entire people groups – remains the Republican frontrunner. He also is the most popular of the candidates among self-identifying Evangelical Christians.
Yet, with all we know about Trump, it makes me sick to my stomach thinking that he could very well win the GOP presidential candidacy as the candidate most highly endorsed by evangelical Christians. The situation has become so distressing that even Dr. Russell Moore himself has declared evangelicalism dead, and has chosen to no longer self-identify as evangelical.