Sumer and the Modern Paradigm

Modern artists discovered Sumerian art between the world wars, at a time when British and American archaeological missions were working in southern Iraq. But archaeologists like Leonard Woolley, head of the mission in Ur were less fascinated by their finds. They considered Mesopotamian art inferior to Egyptian and to Graeco-Roman art and thought Mesopotamian iconography … Continue reading Sumer and the Modern Paradigm

Thinking Baptists: CBF’s Illumination Project Recap

Merianna and I released a new episode of our rebooted Thinking Baptists podcast last night reflecting on our own personal feelings about the CBF's Illumination Project as well as our own viewpoints regarding church policies at the institutional and local levels... The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson and The Rev. Sam Harrelson break down this week's … Continue reading Thinking Baptists: CBF’s Illumination Project Recap

“What is the spirit saying here?”

Good reflection by Julia Pennington-Russell here on the CBF's Illumination Project work as well as moralism, legalism, and theopolitics regardless of denomination: And many, maybe most, CBF churches are so anxious about jeopardizing a fragile harmony that they avoid even the mildest conversation about human sexuality, even as their LGBTQ brothers and sisters suffer outside the … Continue reading “What is the spirit saying here?”

CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement

Here are results from the 18-month long Illumination Project that the CBF launched to address its controversial anti-LGBTQ hiring policy back in 2016. Thomas and I did an episode of Thinking Religion last night to share some thoughts if you'd like to know where I stand. To reflect the practice of most of its congregations, the … Continue reading CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement

James C. Scott’s New Book

James C. Scott is one of the scholars I always enjoy reading. I was introduced to his work Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts while in a (wonderful) seminary class on the Parables. The insightful connection that our beloved professor made between Jesus' acts and words in his performance of the parables with … Continue reading James C. Scott’s New Book

Do We Really Want Our Government Run Like a Business? | Sojourners

In the Easter sermon at my own church, the priest commented that Jesus was killed by the 1 percent, in the form of an empire that exploited its citizenry for the sake of profit and growth. While this sentiment might not be surprising where I live in liberal Northern California, it’s also present throughout the … Continue reading Do We Really Want Our Government Run Like a Business? | Sojourners

I don’t care what Thomas says…

... it's a good show 🙂 Can't believe we've done 118 of these... but here's my podcast with Thomas that was published today: Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the uncomfortableness of whataboutism and its interplay with American Christianity and continue the Bible Bracket Challenge semifinals. https://aphid.fireside.fm/d/1437767933/ec3f4017-feb0-4845-b794-dc0344abac51/108ca55d-d22f-453f-b3d2-34650699f205.mp3 Thinking Religion 118 Follow along with … Continue reading I don’t care what Thomas says…

The Cyrus President

It’s not uncommon for clergy to laud political leaders; religious groups celebrated President Barack Obama as well. But the tenor of recent days is distinct: evangelical leaders such as Lance Wallnau—an avid devotee of dominionism who participated in Trump’s meetings with pastors during the campaign—wholeheartedly endorsed the Cyrus comparison for Trump. In December 2015, he … Continue reading The Cyrus President

ATM’s are the American Money Changers

Holy cow (literally)! I've never thought about this connection (and if your church wants to be like Jesus and throw the money changers / ATM machines out of the Temple and switch to online donations, Harrelson Agency can help with that). "The second dimension for consideration in the appearance of ATMs in the lobbies of evangelical churches … Continue reading ATM’s are the American Money Changers

Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

The following is my sermon from June 18, 2017 (Father's Day here in the US) at New Hope Christian Fellowship in West Columbia, SC. In countless American churches this morning, a preacher (mostly white males with white hair such as myself) will give a sermon about the importance of Fathers and how Fathers are their best when … Continue reading Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves