‘Well done, everyone. We’re halfway out of the dark.’

“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. …” [Read more...]

Paul’s Nativity, Linus, and what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

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“Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please. ‘Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, emptied himself …’” [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” [Read more...]

The Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (again)

Pic snurched from knowyourmemes.com.

Opposition to the burning of kittens is not what sets the members of the AKBC apart from everyone else. What sets them apart is their strange belief that they are a special, beleaguered minority. What sets them apart is their refusal and/or inability to recognize that opposition to the burning of kittens is a unanimous, universally shared opinion. Apart from the AKBC, most people don’t feel a need to imagine or to pretend that there exists somewhere a vast Pro-Kitten-Burning Coalition that they must denounce as a demonstration of their moral superiority. [Read more...]

Hallelujah everybody say ‘Cheese’: Christmas is still affordable (The Robert Earl Keen Christmas Price Index for 2014)

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Nobody has $116,000 lying around to buy their true love 12 days of weirdly archaic Christmas presents. You need to save your money for those big family gatherings, when three hours into the party, you’re gonna need to run out to the gas station convenience store to pick up a few things we’re running out of. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 12: ‘The Naked Truth’

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If you saw a dozen people instantaneously vanish, leaving only a pile of clothing where they formerly stood, you would probably take a look at those piles of clothing to try to figure out what just happened. But then you’re not a character in “Left Behind.” … [Read more...]

The Bible used to get a lot of things wrong

"You shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you ..."

If those early Southern Baptists were wrong about slavery, then they were wrong about the Bible — wrong about how to read the Bible. They were wrong about slavery because they were wrong about how to read the Bible. Contemporary white evangelicals want to retain the same approach to reading the Bible, but not the same conclusions about slavery. That doesn’t work. [Read more...]

U.S. policy toward Cuba, a brief review

1960: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1961: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1962: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1963: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails.
1964: U.S. isolates Cuba in an attempt to force reform. Policy fails. … [Read more...]


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