We Should Be Afraid

 "Be not afraid," says the angel. Be not afraid, and entrust your life to Christ, who wants only good for you.All right, but what about when someone else's life is entrusted to us? What about when we have the power over someone else's life -- the power to alter it forever, even the power to end it?  Remember what happened to Uzzah, who saw the Ark of the Covenant wobbling, and without even thinking, he stepped forward and grabbed hold of the thing. "And The Lord’s anger burned agai … [Read more...]

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Have you been in a “crisis pregnancy”?

I'm working on a project, and would love to hear from you  -- women or men. I'd like to know a few things, and you're welcome to share anonymously if you'd rather.What was the most helpful to you, either materially, emotionally, or spiritually?  This could include something that someone did or said, or something that you realized on your own. What response did you get that was unhelpful? If you could speak to someone in your situation, what would you say?Please don't put your answer … [Read more...]

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#Patheos5Yrs (In which I use both hands to celebrate Patheos’ fifth anniversary)

Wellity wellity wellity, look who is five years old! No, not that Puerto Rican tire fire. No, not sixty gazillion Isabellas and Sophies, Aidens, Jaydens, and Bradens. No, not even that weird protuberance on the side of my foot that doesn't hurt or anything, so I'm just going to officially not know about it anymore.NO, CRAZY, IT'S PATHEOS!Like the gracious host it be, Patheos central is inviting us bloggers to share our favorite posts.I've  been blogging for about seven years -- my … [Read more...]

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Free Bach every Friday!

Eventually, the new All of Bach website will host . . . well, all of Bach. Every Friday, the Netherlands Bach Society will post a video of themselves performing something by Bach. So far, they have six pieces up, 1,074 to go. Hooray!Here's a short trailer introducing the idea of the "statue of sound" they're building to honor Bach and his gift: … [Read more...]

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I feel so invalidated!!!

I whined, you listened.Jessica Carney started things off nicely with the plainly stated Simcha Is the Worst. A good effort, but I couldn't help but notice she spelled my last name "F-i-s-h-e-r," which is how it is spelled. People who truly hate me never spell my name right. My current theories on this are that (a) they are so blinded by my outrageous claims that, for instance, Francis hasn't definitively identified himself as the Demon Pazuzu, that they can't see they keyboard properly, … [Read more...]

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At the Register: True Suffering Isn’t Photogenic

Don't add pain to pain by expecting it to "hurt so good."PIC emo tears and mascara  … [Read more...]

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32 authors and one banana

. . . read excerpts from Jen Fulwiler's new book. I fought through my horrible Skype connection and provided a few seconds (no, I am not the banana one):You have to watch this, if only to see Dwija mostly unruffled by a wandering lion. And of course Bonnie just had to let it go.  I'm delighted to be in such august company, delighted to see that Hallie Lord's husband Dan is secure enough in his masculinity to wear what is surely a vest conceived in Hell. Never mind a hate site, I have a … [Read more...]

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