A Voice in the Wind: Early Christian Fiction

A Voice in the Wind, pp. 56-59Today we turn to chapter 4, which covers Marcus' visit to his friend Antigonus' home. As you may remember, Marcus' father has just decided to give Antigonus a significant amount of money, to support his political career. This gives Marcus' father a voice in the senate, and Antigonus' a way to pursue politics without going broke. When Marcus breaks the news, Antigonus is released, and the atmosphere in his home (which seems to be full of both friends and hangers o … [Read more...]


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You’re Not Helping, Franklin Graham

Earlier this month, Franklin Graham posted this to Facebook:Text of Facebook post by Franklin Graham: I’m on my way to Puerto Rico—to warn people that God uses extreme vetting. What do I mean by that? I want the people of Puerto Rico to know that God loves them and that there is only one way to enter the gates of heaven—and that is through faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone. Good works can’t get you into heaven. Religion can’t either—being a Baptist, a Catholic, or a Methodist, can’t s … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 108: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]


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Saturday Link Love: Alternative Language, Framing Black People and Refugees, and Before the EPA

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States? on Washington Post---"Michelle DeMello walked into the clerk’s office in Colorado thinking for sure someone would save her. She was 16 and pregnant."With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative L … [Read more...]


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Donald Trump: The Most Successful President Ever?

In a press conference on Thursday, Donald Trump claimed that he had accomplished more in the 28 days since his inauguration than any other president in history had in that short time. Um, no. No that is not true.What did Franklin Delano Roosevelt do in his first 28 days? Oh, let's see. He first declared a bank holiday that shuttered banks for four days, and then called an emergency session of Congress and passed the Emergency Banking Act. When the banks subsequently reopened, it became clear … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wild: Family Dinner and Family Squabbles

A Voice in the Wind, pp. 47-55When we left off last week, Marcus' father, Decimus, was a trying to convince him to go into politics. Marcus demurred, because Marcus was more interested in building up his father's business empire. Good job, Marcus!Of course, the conversation isn't over. Marcus ultimately convinces his father to approach his friend about Antigonus---wait wait. I just realized that Marcus is actually encouraging his father to buy a senator. See Marcus' friend Antigonus is, … [Read more...]


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Historian Kevin Kruse Takes Down Conservatives’ Betsy DeVos / Ruby Bridges Comparison

So, yesterday afternoon, this happened:We are apparently that far through the looking-glass.The cartoon refers to an incident last week when a handful of protestors blocked DeVos from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. DeVos was ultimately able to enter the school. Many Democrats later condemned any efforts to prevent DeVos from entering public schools, arguing that it is important for DeVos to gain greater understanding of the positive work done by public schools. And yet, … [Read more...]


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