The August Experiment

The July Experiment went well, despite the fact that I didn't always obey my own rules and posted about half as much as I intended. I think the idea of making each month have an experimental focus is a good thing for me, so I'll carry it over into August.This month, excepting interviews (Leah Libresco is on deck!), I will limit myself to 250 words, with one or two exceptions. Since Late to Love, my Augustinian soul album, will be released on August 28th, you can expect plenty of updates and … [Read more...]

Wounded or Wrangling, Broken or Bickering?

(As with anything that is mostly true, committing it to language will require overstatements and provisos will be omitted for the sake of the whole. Most of all, it will require patience and the assurance I am aware of the glaring irony and even hypocrisy of the points I will try to make.)*There are two categories of blogging and social media sharing. There are the wounded and broken notes, that share (and often overshare) about death and financial ruin, sentimental memes of affection an … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Will Make Sense, When It Ends

Your punctually tardy weekly apocalypse in eight points:1. Pope Francis has decided to stop giving interviews and instead plans begin to taking them. Whoopi Goldberg, from The View, is reportedly atop his short list.2. Arizona Republican congressional candidate, Adam Kwasman, mistook a bus of YMCA campers for immigrant children and Tweeted his displeasure to the relief of late night comedy writers everywhere.3. President Obama, who holds the all-time record for immigrant deportations … [Read more...]

Pewsitter: Brilliant Irony or Self-Parody?

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I had never visited Pewsitter* before, and had only heard of it, in online passing, until about ten minutes ago. I don't know about their history or mission of anyone (that I know of) who writes or works there. My sense, prima facie, is that much like The Vortex is made in the image of the O'Reilly Factor, Pewsitter is an imagus Drudge. So be it. My comparison here is simply that: a one to one comparison.*Recently Simcha Fisher posted a fiery post, critical of Pewsitter's phrasing in a … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI vs. Francis: The Great Papal Football Finale

A day after the Germans blitzed their Brazilian hosts 7-1, the Argentines have outlasted the Dutch in penalty kicks. This sets the stage for Sunday, where Germany will face Argentina, in the World Cup final, a clash that surely will be of interest to the Vatican, for obvious reasons. I'll be rooting for the Americans to hoist the cup.Not only do we live in the a time of two living popes: We now also witness, for first time in world history, two popes who will surely be rooting for their … [Read more...]

A Hesitant Defense of Cliven Bundy

I've stayed away from the Bundy story until now. It seemed like the latest bit of 24-hour news sensationalism, and I still think it is. Even as I type these words I'm not exactly interested in the whole story. I don't plan to do my homework and could care less what I've missed or what will show up later.I only became interested in the story after the racial remarks Bundy made that were decried by every ideological color on my spectrum of social media. That was what caught my attention.I … [Read more...]

The End of the World Starts at the Beginning

Your never delayed, but always on time, weekly apocalypse, in eight points:1. The latest discovery of Jesus's wife has overshadowed the much more serious and credible discovery of the city of Atlantis, unreported by the always-biased media, where a scroll is said to exist proving definitively that Jesus also had a husband along with several pets, among them a camel who had a phobia of passing through small, tight entrances.2. The University of Notre Dame will honor Kevin Miller, a … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Will Flood Your Mind

Your flaky, but always weekly, apocalypse, in seven points: 1. A century after Nietzsche stole the words "Gott ist tot" from Hegel in The Gay Science, the razor sharp wit and ambitious artistic vision of the US Christian imagination has made a definitive rejoinder in the form of the motion picture God's Not Dead. The film is reminiscent of  that classic television series, "Touched by an Angel," and promises to have similar cultural effects. 2. Stephen Colbert has decided to change his s … [Read more...]

Favorite Things and Not So Much: 2013 in Review

2013 has been my first full year with Patheos. I think I posted between ten and twelve times per month, so conservative simple addition estimates puts that at more than a hundred entries. I polled Twitter and Facebook for what people thought my best and worst posts were. Robbie Dixon, who rarely writes at his excellent blog, Simple GIFs, had the best and most comprehensive reply: Best: I liked "The Educational Significance of Advent," which successfully accomplished the difficult task of … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Returns With Feathers

Your flaky weekly apocalypse, in ten points. 1. The War on Christmas is in full swing again and sales are going well. It is expected to end on Christmas, if not a few days earlier. 2. Happy New Years! 3. Francis is declared to be the first gay, atheist, and only the third communist pope, by dozens of Catholics on Facebook. 4. Bill Clinton is reported to have auditioned for the role of Nelson Mandela in the forthcoming film, citing Toni Morrison. 5. Pat Robertson is suing Phil Roberson for … [Read more...]


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