September 20, 2018

A true and wonderful friend posted this where I could see it yesterday. Go on, watch it and then watch again. And then, as a chaser, here’s my favorite. You’ve seen it before but you’ll really want to watch again. The second one is a joke, of course, but the first one is disarmingly funny and if you get your back up I’ll come through the web and biff you. …did you watch them? There’s no point reading on if… Read more

September 19, 2018

Here’s an interesting word, “housework.” Wouldn’t it be nice if it was the house that did the work? Instead of you doing the work of the house. So this was a funny article—apparently husbands create lots more work as soon as you acquire them*, and the Babylon Bee concurs (hashtag self-care). I carefully skimmed the article and then, of course, examined my own life to see if it was true. And the answer I came to is…well, keeping house is… Read more

September 18, 2018

It is utterly fascinating, in a troubling and terrible sort of way, to watch the unwitting convergence of two cultural trends at this precise moment. Yesterday Adam Ford on his very helpful Christian Daily Reporter had links both for the Kavanaugh controversy (is that what its called?) and further down the page for the incredible rates of suicide amongst the teenage transgender population, and underneath that the appalling report that apparently there are real doctors in California willing to perform… Read more

September 17, 2018

Is it already Monday? That came quickly. Well anyway, days off are for wimps, but as a concession to the weakness and habits of others we paused to do a nice brisk podcast about the church in Wales, about what happens to the Bible when you don’t let God have his preferred pronouns, about “evangelicals” who don’t go to church shouldn’t be allowed to call themselves “evangelicals” and finally what is the basis of good communication, both in the church… Read more

September 16, 2018

It may be that I just spent twenty minutes scrolling through Pope Francis’ twitter feed looking for a quote about how the homily at a Catholic mass should be no more than eight minutes. If you accuse me of this, I won’t lie and say it isn’t true. Also, for some reason, I am following a late night person by the name of Conan something and twitter thinks I will want to see everything he has tweeted in the last… Read more

September 14, 2018

Now it’s Friday. Goodness what a long week. One Boy the pictures of the hurricane are so amazing. It may have slowed down but its so huge. Its such a strange kind of catastrophe, so slow—like the way some people’s lives unravel. You can see it coming a mile away but it’s still really surprising when it happens. Two Or like the way you can see your new school year coming at you all those months and weeks and hours… Read more

September 13, 2018

In keeping with my post from yesterday, I was definitely sure that today is Friday until I looked at one of my many calendars and discovered it is, tragically, Thursday. So that’s great. The hurricane is slowly blundering its way along, Emmanuel Macron has given a long boring speech in France, and Apple is releasing another expensive phone. How ‘bout three silly things for Thursday since the day’s a-wasting and I don’t even know where I am. Mark Zuckerberg loves… Read more

September 12, 2018

I’m not good at keeping track of the days. I usually know what day of the week it is, but I am always haunted by the sense that I am forgetting something important. This is so even though I hand draw a calendar for myself two times a month for the whole month, and once every week for the whole week. I laboriously draw the lines, write in the days, number them, write in all the appointments, turn it over… Read more

September 11, 2018

[Jesus watching me spin out.] For some of you the word of the day is “Social Justice Warrioring.” For others it is probably “Hurricane.” For it is “Atweel,” which is Scot for “surely”—not Shirley, but surely. For me it is “Perseverate.” If modernity has given me anything it should be the freedom to pick my own word of the day, and not be bound by the strange choices of other people, or even the weather. So maybe you don’t… Read more

September 10, 2018

Good Morning! It’s a cold, rainy, gray day so we cheered ourselves up with a fun, contentious podcast about how all the things you’re hearing personally from God are almost certainly not from him unless they are actual verbatim scripture quotations, how Evanglicalism could be saved, how I have heretofore refused to read the statement on social justice, and how John MacArthur is literally ruining our marriage. It should set you up not only for the kind of week you… Read more

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