Nate Silver Adds Some Context to Gun Control: The Nerds Bring the Numbers

It’s always good when an argument is brewing and the boiler plate rhetoric gets old as it takes us nowhere, to look at a few numbers. Nate Silver has a couple of good posts: One article looking at gun control and how it is related to party identity. Another article looking at the rhetoric associated [Read More…]

What to Do About Gun Violence: Personal Freedoms v. The Common Good

Scot McKnight has an interesting blog post up at Jesus Creed talking about gun violence. In it McKnight reminded me that an important aspect of the argument about gun control, especially in light of the recent shootings, is the age old struggle between two competing yet essential ideals: freedom and the common good. Freedom is [Read More…]

Watch This Video, Because You Need a Little Beauty In Your Life: “A Hallelujah Christmas” by Cloverton

I’ve made a couple of new friends, Joshua & Tiffany Svorinic, through my church. Josh is in the band Cloverton & they’ve put together a little video Christmas present for their fans. It’s an adaptation of the great Leonard Cohen tune “Hallelujah,” and it’s absolutely beautiful. As I attempt to ratchet down my pace of [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am weary from grief and worry. I confess that last week was rough. Monday, a suicide attempt by a dear soul who was living with us at the time. Wednesday, my best friend’s nephew died inexplicably. He was just shy of two years old. Friday… you know about Friday. I confess [Read More…]

SNL Silent Night – Children’s Choir Opens Show

Saturday Night Live’s signature opening is always cold. No theme music, no credits, just a live shot of sketch comedy. With viewers no doubt still mourning the Connecticut school shooting one day earlier – they scrubbed the first sketch and played this instead. It’s absolutely beautiful. Well done SNL. [Read more…]

It Was An Act of Madness…

It’s been a hell of a week… Then around noon today I clicked on my news feed and the week got worse. Early reports are saying 18 children are dead after a madman opened fire in an elementary school in Connecticut – at least 8 adults killed as well. It was an act of madness. [Read More…]

A Little Escapist Laughter from Dave Barnes – Christmas Extravagan Za for our Friday Funny

This has been a hellish week for a lot of friends and family. If you are wondering what to do with your own pain, read here. If you are looking for a little escapist humor, maybe this will help you have a good laugh. [Read more…]

Wendell Berry Talks Standard of Living, Limits, Scale, and Context

When I hear Wendell Berry speak I can’t help thinking that I’m watching a living example of what the Bible calls wisdom. I’m not going to comment here, I’m just going to listen. “What I am waiting for is for somebody to come along and say, ‘Look, we’ve got to use less.’ This thing that [Read More…]

Why Do We Become So Easily Offended?

Do you find yourself feeling offended often? I encounter this reality every single day. Many people are so easily offended by me, by others (people, places, things, ideas). Lately I’ve been listening to some lectures by Richard Rohr, who consistently points out the ego, or what he calls the “small self” is always easily offended. [Read More…]

John Stewart & Stephen Colbert: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Daily Show’s Beginnings

An interesting interview took place between Stephen Colbert (interviewer), and John Stewart (interviewee), last Friday night at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival. I think Colbert does these interviews in Montclair fairly regularly, but this was the first time he worked with Stewart on the project. The two basically sat telling stories about their [Read More…]