“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...]

“Where the Soul of Man Never Dies”

Johnny Cash & Emmylou Harris. Sort of via First Thoughts. … [Read more...]

“Crime and Punishment: Juvenile Offenders Study Russian Literature”: Washington Post

via Ratty, I think: Kaufman thinks Russian literature is — unexpectedly — a particularly good fit for prisoners. The authors often asked what they called “the accursed questions,” Kaufman said: “Who am I? Why am I here? Given I’m going to die, how should I live?” more … [Read more...]

How’d You Like to Get Married in the Crown of Thorns?

You totally can! Kind of amazing; via Ratty. … [Read more...]


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