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Posted inPolitics, Religion

Russell Moore: The SBC Drives Out Yet Another Dissenter

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! Yesterday, I showed you the story of a quintessential, consummate yes-man for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC): Al Mohler, who leads their flagship seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). Very early on, he realized exactly how he was going to need to behave to maintain his upward trajectory in the denomination. […]

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How and Why Al Mohler Changed His Mind About Women Pastors

Reading Time: 10 minutes Hi and welcome back! We’ve been talking lately about the re-erupting squabble in evangelicalism about women pastors. In particular, the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) hate the idea — Al Mohler in particular. Long ago, he fully supported women pastors. But now he’s 100% against them. And today, I’ll show you why and how […]

Posted inReligion

Back When Al Mohler Supported Women Pastors

Reading Time: 9 minutes Yesterday, I showed you the re-eruption of a decades-old slapfight going on in evangelicalism: whether or not evangelicals should allow women to be pastors. This archaic-sounding squabble represents a central issue to the usual gaggle of Christian Right bigots-for-Jesus. And very few of them despise the notion of women pastors quite like Al Mohler. He fights against the idea with all the radicalized passion of a convert — because that is precisely what he is. Today, let me show you a very different Al Mohler: one who fully supported women pastors, and then, I’ll show you the force that brought him up short one fateful day.

Posted inPolitics, Religion

Exactly Why Evangelicals Keep Arguing About Women Pastors

Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s an extremely good reason why evangelicals are so stuck on this one question. It’s not a reason that flatters them or does anything good for their plummeting credibility, alas. But it at least explains why their opposing sides can’t ever find any common ground here. So today, I’ll show you exactly why evangelicals keep arguing about women pastors.

Posted inReligion

How Calvinists created the SBC’s fixation on inerrancy

Reading Time: 9 minutes It surprised me to notice that most of the people behind the Conservative Resurgence (the Old Guard, I call them and their sympathizers) weren’t Calvinists themselves, for the most part. But they got a huge amount of support from Calvinists all the same. Calvinists spoke their language — and then turned it against them. These Calvinists took brutal advantage of one concept in particular: Southern Baptists’ newfound affection for a doctrinal stance called inerrancy. Today, let me show you what inerrancy is and why this belief opened the door for Calvinists to wrest control of the SBC away from the Old Guard.

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