Profiting from Tragedy

As always, when some individual or groups pull out their guns and mow down innocent victims, as happened today in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there are people who will try to profit from it. I'm not talking here about the makers and sellers of guns, although they do indeed profit both at [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

I don’t think the values of the thirty-something evangelicals have gone away. I think they have gone silent over and against the VERY vocal Boomer evangelicals of these last days.  I suspect the election results in part support this hypothesis.  Boomer conservatives were shocked to lose the election because they had been so vocal and [Read More…]

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April De Conick on the Gospel of Judas and More

April De Conick shared the above video on her blog, in which she discusses her research with the president of Rice University. If you listen to only a snippet, I’d recommend the one where she talks about the advice she received from Jarl Fossum about searching for the origins and early history of a tradition [Read More…]

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The Third Law of Theology

Unvirtuous Abbey posted this as a status update on Facebook: The Third Law of Theology: For every theologian there is an equal and opposite theologian. I liked it so much that I made these motivational posters:   [Read more…]

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#ProgGOD 2 is Live!

Tony Jones noted that the second collection of blog posts approaching how progressive Christians think about God is live on the Patheos web site. It includes my own contribution to the discussion as well as many others. And just in case anyone thought the reference to “prog god” had something to do with a different [Read More…]

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I Don’t Care What Jim West Calls Himself, He Isn’t A Baptist in Any Meaningful Sense of the Word

Jim West has taken it upon himself to try to define away the status of the First Baptist Church of Seattle as a Baptist church. Jim considers their stance on same-sex marriage and their holding of ceremonies marrying people of the same gender to be incompatible with Baptist identity. But ironically, apart from believer’s baptism, [Read More…]

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Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more…]

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Bishop Robinson

The blog ‘seeking spirit’ shared this reworking of the classic Simon and Garfunkel song “Mrs. Robinson” and I thought that some readers (at the very least the Episcopal ones) would get a kick out of it: Bishop Robinson Chorus: And here’s to you, Bishop Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know. God bless [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Council of Nicaea

I mentioned during the summer that I had become aware of the Big Finish Doctor Who audiobook, Doctor Who: The Council of Nicaea. I finished listening to it not that long ago, and I must say that I am even more impressed than I thought I would be. First, the story features the Fifth Doctor and [Read More…]

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Happy Hanukkah!

To all readers who celebrate (or, in view of this cartoon, maybe I should write cellebrate?) Hanukkah, I wish you a happy one! (The cartoon was originally shared here, but I removed it at the cartoonist's request. Click through to see it!)   [Read more…]

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Is Your Jesus a Spoiled Brat?

David Hayward is on a roll this week. Here’s his latest cartoon: David adds the comment: You’d think he would have outgrown this narcissistic attitude by the time he became an adult. But… according to many… apparently not. This is really insightful. The God and the Jesus that many conservative Christians envisage is one who [Read More…]

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