Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, and the Synoptic Problem

Everyone is talking at the moment about the plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech by Melania Trump. Here is the evidence, in case you haven’t seen it: So that's pretty blatant, right? — Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) July 19, 2016 One of the ironies, of course, is that many of the people who applauded the [Read More…]

Run From Christlike Candidates

I really wanted to believe it was satire when a website called GOPocalypse claimed that a Southern Baptist pastor named Robert Jeffress had said the following: You know, I was debating an evangelical professor on NPR and this professor said, ‘Pastor, don’t you want a candidate who embodies the teaching of Jesus and would govern this country according [Read More…]

Cast out of the Synagogue/USA: History, Rhetoric, and Reality

I participated in a fascinating conversation about the Gospel of John as a group of us who had attended the “John the Jew” Enoch Seminar coped with a train strike in Italy. The conversation was about the references in the Gospel of John to being expelled from the synagogue. Since there was no universally-accepted authority that [Read More…]

This Isn’t What We Meant When We Said “Pence Must Go”

A friend posted this as her status update on Facebook, and it seemed to me precisely the sort of thing that might go viral, and so I asked permission to share it. For those who aren’t aware, there have been “Pence Must Go” signs up all over Indianapolis. And so the comment on Facebook is [Read More…]

Share This To Heal The Nation

This New Yorker cartoon came to my attention via Facebook, and I immediately knew I had to share it, if only to remind myself that, even when one of my memes goes viral (as this one in particular did, and this one in a more modest way just recently), that isn’t what is going to [Read More…]

The Politics of the Cross

Allan Bevere wrote the following in a recent blog post: No amount of interpretive gymnastics can soften Jesus’ words here in the Sermon on the Mount. Essentially he is saying, if you are going to follow me and love the way I insist you should love, you have to love in a way quite different [Read More…]

Doctor Who vs. the Brexit

Via The Daily Kos. Given that it connects Doctor Who and current events, I had to share it. [Read more…]

Celebrating America’s Brexit

Roger Wolsey shared the cartoon above. In my Sunday school class yesterday, I found myself pondering the question of how faith and patriotism relate to one another.  The matter is not as simple even as my own American Baptist tradition might seem to make it by advocating separation. I do think that “separation of church and state” [Read More…]

Restrict Guns’ Access to People

Scott Paeth gave me permission to share something he wrote on Facebook: I just had a flash of insight on the whole gun debate: Pro-gun people are absolutely right — in the absence of human beings to abuse them, guns can’t do any harm. Therefore the solution to this dilemma is simple: The guns should [Read More…]

Do No Harm Act

Via the blog Joe My God, I learned about an effort to amend the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, called the “Do No Harm” Act. Here is a quote from the press release: The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It [Read More…]