Neville Longbottom, Barack Obama, Rick Perry, Nikki Haley, Joy Behar, and Jim Wallis: The Morning Report

Friday Morning Palate Cleanser: I don’t typically link to gossip articles, but…Pretty amazing that of all the young Harry Potter actors, the one that played Neville Longbottom has turned out to be the most handsome.  By far. In the News 1.  In debt and Election 2012 news, Governors Rick Perry and Nikki Haley argue that [Read More...]

Jesus and Harry Potter

Note: the following is a parody of sorts, having a little fun with the fear in some quarters that Harry Potter should lead children toward the occult. It’s grown fashionable in recent years to write books — silly ones like Jesus Potter, Harry Christ, or God and Harry at Yale — that piggy-back on the [Read More...]

Morning Report, July 31: Charity, Circumcision, Half-Brained Babies, and Virgins

[If you're looking for the Harry Potter essay, scroll down, or go here.] 1.  This essay on First Things crafts a clear and helpful distinction between charity and tolerance.  This is a part of what Kierkegaard gets at when he says that the Christian concept of love is quite different, and sometimes even diametrically opposed, [Read More...]

Is Harry Potter of the Devil? Bet on it!

I can date precisely when my dangerous dalliance with Harry Potter began. I had seen the news stories, of course, which mostly consisted of long lines of nerdy boys and girls waiting outside of bookstores each year in glasses and striped ties.  Since Harry Potter bears a striking resemblance to the title character of Where’s [Read More...]

Morning Report, Afternoon Edition

UPDATE: Harry Potter review posted here. Since I’m still traveling today, I have to offer my Morning Report a little late. 1.  The recent sex scandal of John Ensign has (justifiably or not) brought into the spotlight “The Fellowship” or “The Family,” which is a network of evangelical Christians who seek to connect and influence [Read More...]


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