‘Who gets a casserole?’


When hardship comes good neighbors often reach out to help. And often that means bringing over a casserole. That’s a tangible, practical gesture. And it’s a way of saying and showing that we’re here for you, and we want to help. But not everybody gets a casserole. Some people, it seems, are not perceived as being casserole-worthy. [Read more...]

Speaks in public. Lives to tell.

This is not actually Eastern's Eagle mascot costume, but it's close enough to get the general idea.

This morning I saw a kid in an Eagle costume get caught up in the gorgeous performance of gospel worship chorus, simultaneously encountering something sublime while standing there in a ridiculous oversize foam mascot head. I hope that when I spoke in that same chapel service, the students were able to similarly forget about my own ridiculous costume long enough to encounter something meaningful. [Read more...]

You ought to quit this scene too


When I was a gung-ho member of my church youth group, I was all prepared for someone to walk up and ask me “What is the gospel?” I’d have answered with something like the Navigators’ “Bridge to Life” illustration explaining the Good News that you were damned to Hell because God hates your sin, but that you could still be saved because God poured out all of God’s infinite hate onto Jesus instead of you, making possible the impossibility of divine mercy and allowing you to go to Heaven instead of Hell. That’s not how I’d answer that question now. [Read more...]

This is Monday and we’re making pies


Monday miscellany, including: the scapegoat of the House; horrible grown-ups; waiting for the iSponge; MLK and his namesake; fundamentalist culture; a new home for Oklahoma’s Nehushtan; and how imaginary Planned Parenthood is like the First Citiwide Change Bank. [Read more...]

The symmetric property of 2 Timothy 3:16

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2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that scripture is that which is “useful” for “training in justice.” Weirdly, though, the Christians who seem fondest of quoting this verse are the least likely to see “training in justice” as having anything to do with scripture. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“But afterwards, David was stricken to the heart because he had numbered the people. David said to the Lord, ‘I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, I pray you, take away the guilt of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.’” [Read more...]

There and back again

This week, for me, wound up being all about a hastily planned trip to Vermont, where my dad is recovering from a double-bypass heart surgery. All things considered, he’s doing well. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 53: ‘Finishing Chapter 6′

It seems like Chloe is taking a cab from the airport. You know, the airport that’s shut down. The airport where one of our main characters is a pilot who is now idle at home because no planes are flying. The airport that our other main character fled in order to charter an expensive private flight to New York because no planes are flying. That airport. Chloe apparently flew there. On a plane. [Read more...]