A Year of Living Justly?

There have been several excellent books in the genre “A year of” doing this or that: A. J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possibleand Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering [Read More...]

Review of Os Guinness, A Free People’s Suicide

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of Os Guinness’ book A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012). The book raises many important issues, and a vibrant challenge to Americans to not allow our republic to go [Read More...]

American Christianity’s Blind Spot

The folks in the Facebook group “Christians Against the Tea Party” have made a quote from a recent blog post of mine into a poster once again. I am not used to this! [Read more...]

“Folks Haven’t Been Reading Their Bibles” – Barack Obama on Religion and Public Policy

  Someone made the above quote from then senator Barack Obama into a poster. It illustrates what those who are intimately acquainted with the Bible and its interpretation see clearly, but religious fundamentalists less familiar with their own Scriptures often miss, namely that it is not at all straightforward to derive a clear set of [Read More...]

Mike Huckabee and America’s Sin Problem

On his talk show, Mike Huckabee had the following to say about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado (that link goes to the Fox video; there are excerpts in print here): Ultimately, We don’t have a crime problem or a gun problem – or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since [Read More...]

The Bible, Barack Obama, and American Business

First, let’s make sure that the president of the United States is quoted correctly and in full (unlike in Bristol Palin’s recent blog post and so many similar corners of the internet): Now, some thoughts relating to those who have been complaining about what the president said. I can see how all sorts of arrogant [Read More...]

“Ross Douthat is a Fruit Fly” and Other Responses Around the Blogosphere

There have been quite a few responses and reactions to Ross Douthat's New York Times piece since I posted my own response and round-up (as there have been other responses to other reporting on the recent Episcopal General Convention here in Indianapolis). There are several excellent ones, but the most striking title award goes to [Read More...]

The Imperial Left

  HT Lori Baron on Facebook   Posted with Blogsy [Read more...]

Obama Healthcare Bill (Not) Defeated

BLT shared this wonderful remake of a famous scene (when the media reported prematurely and incorrectly that “Dewey Defeats Truman”: It was inspired by this bit of misreporting, which Jim West shared a screenshot of on his blog: If you have been hiding under a rock somewhere and still don’t know what this is about, [Read More...]

Marriage Equality Biggest Threat in 500 Years, Says Church Founded by Serial Adulterer and Divorcer

It seems like it should be an article from The Onion. But it isn’t. A spokesperson for the Church of England apparently really has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.K. is the biggest threat the church has faced in its 500-year history. The irony is unmissable – except apparently if you [Read More...]

A Visible Boundary

In my Sunday school class today we talked about Israel and Palestine, as this was my first Sunday in church since my trip. Because the question of distances between places came up, someone in the class looked up Israel on Google Earth. As a result, we all got to see something that one can see [Read More...]


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