Bob Dylan’s amazing live version of Mr. Tambourine Man from 1995

When my brother, Jim, and I saw Dylan in Vegas on May 13, 1995, he sang it just this way during that live performance. … [Read more...]

Redskins, Racial Slurs, and Social Justice

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That's the title of my latest installment over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: During halftime of an NFL game broadcasted on NBC on October 13, sportscaster, Bob Costas, opined that the ownership of the Washington Redskins should change its name.  Following the lead of President Obama, who said that he would change the team’s name if he were the owner, Costas argued that “Redskins” is “an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent.”Team owner, Dan Snyder, reactin … [Read more...]

A question I didn’t think anyone was asking: Where did all these Calvinists come from?

Read all about it at The Gospel Coalition. BTW, I think it's a great question! … [Read more...]

Great cover of Bob Dylan’s pro-Israel song, “Neighborhood Bully.”

The band is called "Daniel Israel and Blood on the Tracks." The lyrics to the song follow: Neighborhood Bully (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan)Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bullyThe neighborhood bully just lives to survive He’s criticized and condemned for being alive He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to … [Read more...]

My cousin Tony Sclafani’s new book: Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History

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My cousin Tony Sclafani recently published a book, Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History (Backbeat Books, 2013). Here's a summary of it: The Grateful Dead rose out of San Francisco's 1960s underground rock scene with an unprecedented sound and image. The group's members were steeped in rock, folk, classical, and blues, and their instrumental prowess and refusal to bow to commercial conventions helped originate jam band music. Unapologetic in their ad … [Read more...]

The Underground Thomist: J. Budziszewski’s scholarly website

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J. Budziszewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, has a new website, The Underground Thomist. I was perusing it this morning. It is really amazing.  You should check it out.  … [Read more...]

Gerald McDermott: Is Evangelical Liberalism an Oxymoron?

Just saw this essay this morning on First Thing's On the Square. Here is Professor McDermott's conclusion: The lesson Evangelicals should learn from this new dust-up over evangelical theology and modernity is that sola scriptura is necessary but not sufficient for maintaining theological orthodoxy. Only a “single-source” view of scripture and tradition in which hermeneutical authority is given to the mutual interplay of Scripture and orthodox community—the method that the church practiced for mo … [Read more...]

Gerald McDermott on The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology

Here's the introduction: Imagine the scene. Ancient Jerusalem is at war. Its army is fighting far away. Behind the city walls, its old men, women and children nervously await word on what happened in battle. Their lives and future are at stake. Suddenly, a cry rings out from the sentries watching from the look-out points on top of the wall. "Your God reigns.." A rider approaching the wall has signaled victory. The whole city explodes in celebration. The word "evangelical" comes from this Hebrew … [Read more...]

George Weigel on the upcoming double papal canonizations

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Weigel writes: "I doubt that Pope Francis has heard of Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame shortstop. But like “Mr. Cub,” whose love for baseball led him to exclaim “Let’s play two!” before Sunday doubleheaders in the 1950s, the pope from the end of the world seems to think that papal canonizations are better in tandem: hence the Sept. 30 announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014." >>>continue reading … [Read more...]

John Howard Yoder: Pacifist Aggressive

From Mark Oppenheimer at The New York Times: Can a bad person be a good theologian?All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as they counsel others to behave. They may not be perfect, but they should not be louts or jerks.By that standard, few have failed as egregiously as John Howard Yoder, America’s most influential pacifist theologian. In his teaching at Notre Dame and elsewhere, and in bo … [Read more...]


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