From Robert Stone, “Children of Light”

She let her song rise again and spread out her arms. In Louisiana the old black people called that kind of singing a bajo or banjo song, a homesick blues for where you've never been, which for them was Africa but for her was God only knows.Be there, Lu Anne sang. Be there, Sweet Jesus. Be there.She leaned back in the lounger, exhausted, When she turned to the mirror she saw her own secret eyes. No other person except her children and the Long Friends had ever seen them. She had used them … [Read more...]

“Ages of Revolution: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?”

This is super-neat. Probably via Jesse Walker. … [Read more...]

“The Church Failed Millennials, Just Not in the Way You Think It Did”

at Christ & Pop Culture, some interesting stuff--I take no position on either of the Rachel Held Evans pieces which sparked this conversation, and obviously I'm not an evangelical Protestant so in some ways this is outside my sheepfold, but I found the critique in this paragraph quite relevant to Cat'licks as well: One thing I think the pop Evangelical church has truly dropped the ball on is talking to us about the Church. I mean, honestly, during all the Sunday School lessons, high school t … [Read more...]

“Unambitious Loser with Happy, Fulfilling Life Still Lives in Hometown”: The Onion

reports: CAMDEN, ME—Longtime acquaintances confirmed to reporters this week that local man Michael Husmer, an unambitious 29-year-old loser who leads an enjoyable and fulfilling life, still lives in his hometown and has no desire to leave.Claiming that the aimless slouch has never resided more than two hours from his parents and still hangs out with friends from high school, sources close to Husmer reported that the man, who has meaningful, lasting personal relationships and a healthy w … [Read more...]

Exodus’s Closure and Apology: Some Links

A huge deal in the evangelical world, and probably a big deal for American Christians in general. But I know very little about Exodus, so here's some stuff by other people who know much more about this kind of thing than I do. Wesley Hill's thing seems most acute to me--asking the right questions (and do check out his links as well, especially this one). Aaron Taylor sheds light on some of the distorted thinking involved in Exodus's origins. Gregg at Eleison reflects on his experiences with an … [Read more...]

A Lovely Example of Spiritual Friendship Between Two Protestant Women

here: To students of church history, Esther Edwards Burr (1732-1758) is known today as one of eleven children born to Sarah and Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian.To students of American history, she is known as the mother of Aaron Burr Jr., Thomas Jefferson’s vice president who mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in an illegal duel in 1804. When Aaron was all of 19 months old, she recorded in a letter that he was “a little dirty Noisy Boy . . . very sly and mischievous . . . no … [Read more...]

Tales of a “Bootleg Baptist”

various good stuff in the First Things tribute to the late Will Campbell, but this part leaped out at me: My favorite Will Campbell story is about a Baptist pastor he once knew in Louisiana named Thad Garner. Despite his affable smile and trips to the Holy Land, Reverend Garner was not a model pastor. One day Campbell cornered him with a question, “Thad, why did you ever decide to be a Baptist preacher?” “’Cause I was called, you fool!” he thundered. more … [Read more...]


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