Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [Read More…]

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Bible School Primer for Governors

I just saw the news that Indiana governor Mike Pence has begun turning away refugees. It would be shameful under any circumstances, but Pence pretends to be a defender of Christian values, which makes it all the more disgusting. The above image came my way via Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t letting me post links to [Read More…]

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All It Takes Is One

Yesterday I came across quotes from Roslyn and Bob Cargill, and I thought they deserved to be shared with a wider audience. First here’s Roslyn: Why is it when it comes to helping refugees in need, treating others as we would want to be treated, and loving our neighbors, conservative Christians scream out, “Yeah, but it [Read More…]

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How The Terrorists Win

This thought from Waleed Aly was shared by J. K. Doyle: Terrorism is, above all, a test of character for the community that suffers at the hands of terrorism. The very worst people in the world have come to take away our humanity. What are we going to do about it? The community that keeps [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion

Doctor Who has rarely addressed current events as directly as in “The Zygon Invasion,” at least not since back in the days when the Doctor wore question marks on his lapel or his sweater rather than on his underpants. Spoilers about the episode ahead, if you haven’t watched it yet. The episode begins with snippets [Read More…]

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The Good Samaritan (Stay On Your Toes)

Via Daily Kos. Sometimes satire makes a point better than any other approach could. [Read more…]

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Paul Gitwaza in Indianapolis

I had the pleasure of hearing Paul Gitwaza speak on Saturday at the licensing ceremony for Emmanuel Musinga, who pastors a congregation of refugees that meets in the same building as Crooked Creek Baptist Church. He then made an unanticipated visit to Crooked Creek Baptist on Sunday morning and so delivered the morning message. That [Read More…]

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Holy Week at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

First, the funny part. In an earlier version of the announcement on my church website about Holy Week events, it said of the lunchtime Good Friday service: The theme for the service will focus on the stations of the cross and will feature medications from several local pastors. If you are not sure why that [Read More…]

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Mandaean Banquet

One nice feature of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans is having a banquet one night. Last time as well as this time, it was held at Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant. In addition to being attended by scholars working on some aspect of Mandaean life, literature, history, or Mandaic language, some Mandaeans living in the UK [Read More…]

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Save the Mandaean Refugees Petition

Wisam Breegi, a Mandaean whom I know, forwarded me a link to a petition, asking the United States government to do more to ensure that Mandaean refugees from Iraq can resettle here, and do so in such a way as to help preserve this unique culture and its heritage. Please consider signing the petition. Here’s [Read More…]

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