Some of you may recall our posts about The Trump Prophecy, an evangelical movie about a fireman who prophesied the election of Donald Trump. Students at Liberty University produced the film. VOX reporter Tara Isabella Burton saw the movie. Here is a taste of her review: But The Trump Prophecy is more than a feel-good, low-budget movie. It’s … Continue reading Tara Isabella Burton Reviews *The Trump Prophecy*
In 2006, while serving as governor of Texas, Rick Perry was asked whether non-Christians will spend eternity in hell. “I don’t know that there’s any human being that has the ability to interpret what God and his final decision-making is going to be,’ Perry said. He added: “That’s what the faith says. I understand, and … Continue reading Thoughts on Rick Perry’s Claim that Donald Trump is the “Chosen One”
Two books on evangelicals and Trump on the shelf at Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI Newsweek is calling attention to a televangelist named Irvin Baxter who believes that Donald Trump is the only thing standing in the way of the coming of the Antichrist. Anyone who does not support Trump is working for … Continue reading Trumps Critics are “Satanic” and Other Evangelical Craziness on the Eve of Impeachment Hearings.
I know The Washington Post is a big newspaper, but reporters such as Ishaan Tharoor should touch base with the paper’s religion beat before writing stories like “The Trump administration’s obsession with ancient Persian emperor.” Tharoor makes it sounds like he uncovered something here. In reality, religion writers have been covering this Cyrus story for nearly three … Continue reading A *Washington Post* Foreign Policy Reporter “Discovers” the Evangelical King Cyrus-Donald Trump Comparison
The president has been talking about Israel a lot lately. First, there was Trump pressuring Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent two members of Congress from visiting Israel. Then he suggested that Jews who vote for Democratic candidates lack knowledge and are “disloyal.” Then a conservative pundit and promoter of the Obama birther conspiracy named Wayne Allyn … Continue reading The Meaning of Trump’s Israel Comments
In Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, I wrote a several pages on the so-called INC (Independent Network Charismatics) prophets. Lance Wallnau is one of these “prophets.” Here is what I wrote about him: Early in the 2016 campaign, Lance Wallnau received a similar word: “Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit … Continue reading Evangelical Trump Fans: Don’t Forget to Buy Your King Cyrus-Donald Trump Prayer Coin
This is the name of filmmaker Chris Maloney’s new documentary. Over at VOX, Tara Isabella Burton talks with Maloney. Here is a taste of the interview: Tara Isabella Burton So we’ve established that white evangelicals were willing to vote for Trump, even if it was by “holding their noses.” But I’m curious, next, about what … Continue reading *In God We Trump*
You are a film program at a university that aspires to be the “evangelical Notre Dame.” You want to show that evangelical Christians can make high-quality films on subjects that will reach a wide audience or perhaps serve the common good. You want your program to be respected in the film industry. What do you … Continue reading Not All Liberty University Students are Happy about the “Trump Prophecies” Film
Read all about it in Sam Smith’s article at The Christian Post. Smith interviewed me for the piece: John Fea, a professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, who has been critical of prophetic claims pertaining to Trump, told CP that Taylor is just one of several Pentecostal “prophets” who claim to have predicted … Continue reading Liberty University Cinema Department is Producing a Feature Film on a Fireman Who Prophesied the Election of Donald Trump
If want to get up to speed on the relationship between dispensational theology and evangelical support for Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem, check out Fred Clark’s roundup of news and opinion stories at Slacktivist. Here is a taste: The dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is viewed by Rapture Christians as an important step toward … Continue reading Trump, Evangelicals, and the Jerusalem Embassy: The Slacktivist Roundup
Will the 1998 Wayne Grudem return? Here is a post I did on August 2, 2016: I am guessing a lot of my readers have never heard of Wayne Grudem. He is an evangelical theologian and the author of a very popular one-volume treatment of evangelical systematic theology. He is also well-known within evangelical circles … Continue reading From the Archives: Wayne Grudem on Trump
If you had thirty minutes to say something to the most powerful man in the world, what would you say? This is how I started our short series titled “Three Sundays in April.” On April 12, 2020, Donald Trump watched the Easter Sunday service at Robert Jeffress‘s First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. What did … Continue reading Three Sundays in April (Part 3)
It apparently did in Dalton, Georgia. Here is a taste of Ruth Graham’s incredible piece at Slate: In the summer of 2016, God gave Johnny Taylor a prophecy. It wasn’t a specific vision, but something more like a promise. After the presidential election that fall, so the prophecy went, God would begin to “position” Johnny and … Continue reading Can a Bible Ooze 400 Gallons of Oil?
Yesterday I offered some analysis of Wayne Grudem’s article defending Donald Trump and criticizing Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office. You can read my post here. Today I am running a post I published on August 2, 2016. It is titled “What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998.” … Continue reading From the Archives: “What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998”
My daughter was quick to tell me that “Antichrist” was trending on Twitter today. Then I got a call from Emily McFarland Miller, a reporter for Religion News Service, to talk about the meaning of words like “Antichrist” and “Chosen One.” Here is a taste of Miller’s piece (co-authored with Jack Jenkins and Yonat Shimron): … Continue reading The Politics of the “Chosen One”
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Pencils Book contracts and tenure Peter Wehner talks religion and politics Hometowns Renaming Confederate monuments James Baldwin’s letter to the born-again The Book of Amos in America What Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump have in common The case for Klobuchar What to do if you … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Here is Mike Pompeo talking with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN): Sarah Pulliam Bailey gets us up to speed at The Washington Post. Read here piece here. Here are some really random thoughts about Pompeo’s remarks: The fact that CBN asked Pompeo to compare Trump to Queen Esther in interesting in and of itself. Let’s be … Continue reading Thoughts on Mike Pompeo and Queen Esther
This is a fascinating conversation between two court evangelicals: Eric Metaxas and Lance Wallnau. Thanks to Peter Montgomery from Right Wing Watch for calling it to my attention. Here is the entire conversation: We have spent a lot of time covering Metaxas here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, but some of you may … Continue reading “They had a guy from Messiah College”
I am not sure which part of Wayne Grudem‘s theology Midwestern Baptist Seminary professor Owen Strachan admires more: Grudem’s belief that women should serve as “compliments” to their husbands or his belief that the gift of prophecy is real. (Side note: I wrote about Grudem’s views of prophecy here). In a recent post at Midwestern’s … Continue reading A Southern Baptist Theologian Suggests that the CCCU-NAE “Fairness for All” Motion is the Work of Satan
Over at VOX, Tara Isabella Burton tackles this issue. She wonders why so many evangelical leaders reject anti-immigration rhetoric and so many of their followers embrace it. Here is a taste: From his dismissal of “shithole countries” to his attempts to institute a “Muslim travel ban,” from his incendiary rhetoric about Mexican immigrants being rapists and criminals, to … Continue reading Why are White Evangelicals Ambivalent About Refugees and Migrants?