Reading Time: 14 minutes This apology and settlement represent some of the very most definitive actions the SBC has ever taken regarding any sexual abuse claim since journalists first exposed their mega-scandal, “Abuse of Faith,” three years ago. I don’t think the timing of this action is accidental. Today, let me show you why.
Reading Time: 7 minutes No deed exists that is so disgustingly harmful and hypocritical that evangelical Christians cannot excuse and allow it somehow. It simply needs to be committed by someone they view as important and necessary.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Mike Stone, in ignoring his own preaching — not to mention his own god’s express command to Christians — reveals the truth about his religion. It’s just window-dressing for his ambitions and desires — as well as the easiest way for him to achieve his dreams.
Reading Time: 8 minutes I had not yet learned that authoritarianism itself precludes sincerity or faithfulness in Christianity. Individual Christians might cultivate these traits, but there is no way to have a whole group of them reliably doing the same thing. Sooner or later, a bad-faith actor gets into that group — and wrecks it, often before it’s even really gotten off the ground.
Reading Time: 8 minutes In these two letters, Moore tries very hard to portray himself as a man of deep principles and great morality: a hero in every sense of the word, fighting hard against the enemies of good in the halls of power in his denomination. Alas, his actual behavior doesn’t quite support that portrayal. Today, we’ll see how Russell Moore fits into his own self-presentation as a big damn hero.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Yesterday, we talked about the sheerly vicious racism on display in these leaked letters. Today, let’s talk about the mind-blowing but entirely unsurprising sexism he reveals in them.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about the two leaked letters from Russell Moore. Until recently, he worked for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as the leaders of their Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). But a few weeks ago, he resigned from that position (and left the SBC iself) amid a firestorm […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes Today, let me show you a bit about the leaked letters’ provenance, what they cover, and who they name — and then, let’s talk about why Russell Moore wrote them like he did.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! The other day, we talked about how Russell Moore ended up as the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Mostly, we talked about the absolute state of the ERLC in 2012 — and why the masters of the SBC needed Russell Moore to lead […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Back in 2013, one of their major subgroups, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), desperately needed an image makeover. They hired Russell Moore to solve their crisis, and he did indeed solve it. But then, the SBC’s top leaders found that they had created a whole new problem, one that they couldn’t easily solve: their hype had collided with their reality. Today, let me show you why you just can’t trust a broken system’s hype, ever, no matter how ethereally perfect it might sound.