How Christmas Shopping is Like Going to Church

David Hayward shared this cartoon: I think it is hilarious. But it makes some serious points. The oddity of giving people a certain time and saying that this will be “fellowship” time or “worship” is distinctly odd, and that oddity is only missed when we have be ome accustomed to this way of doing things. [Read More...]

How To Still Get Free Amazon Shipping For Christmas

Some may be thinking that they have missed the deadline to get free shipping for items they want to buy for Christmas via Amazon. But that isn’t so. If you sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, you can get free two-day shipping, and then if you don’t want to pay for it, [Read More...]

The Naughty Christians’ Campaign to Commercialize Christmas

Hemant Mehta has highlighted one of the most subversive attempts to undermine Christmas that has appeared in recent years. I am referring to the “Naughty or Nice” list issued by the American Family Association and the “Friend or Foe” list from Liberty Counsel. This effort is, of course, spearheaded by people claiming to be Christians. But as Alyssa Rosenberg (HT Andrew [Read More...]

Black Friday Coupon

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Moses Escapes the Mall

Although it might seem just like one more “Moses parts X” cartoon, today’s Non Sequitur comic actually gets at an interesting point, if you think about it. When people in modern industrialized nations talk about miracles, they often have in mind things like finding a parking spot, or finding one’s car after exiting (it may [Read More...]

Happy Black Thursday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. The name of the holiday is self-explanatory – or it should be. But in fact, it sits oddly beside the custom of “celebrating” Black Friday – i.e. making the day after Thanksgiving a day of special sales in which people have been trampled to death trying to get [Read More...]

Crowdsourcing the Best of Recent Science Fiction

I’ve been asked if I can come up with a list of the best recent science fiction books for publication in November, as a sort of Christmas shopping list. I am very conscious that I have lagged behind in my reading of fiction, even in this beloved genre, and am worried that something may have [Read More...]

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...]

The First Black Friday

I made this cartoon myself (as if it didn’t show). I had the idea for it and thought I’d try my hand at making the cartoon if I could. If the realization is a bit rough (I used the cutting edge in artistic software: Microsoft Paint), hopefully you’ll still get a chuckle from the concept! [Read more...]

Changing Literacy and Reading Habits around the Blogosphere

Several posts around the blogosphere relate to changes in literacy and reading from ancient times until today and from today moving into the future. Steve Wiggins has a cleverly-titled post, “A World Without Borders,” which reflects on how we went from being a world with few bookstores to a world with many to a world [Read More...]


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