Sunday favorites

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” [Read more...]

But don’t ask me to explain everything


Not all of these links are about Don Henley, but a surprising number of them are. There are also some fun things from Kimberly Knight, perfectnumber628, Digby, and two members of the Ortberg clan. You can check out any links you like, but you can never leave. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 4: ‘Meet the GIRAT’


“The characters who occupy LaHaye and Jenkins’ fictional world are as oblivious, self-absorbed and incurious as L&J rely on their readers to be.” [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)


Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.16)

Maureen Ryan on the cesspool of online misogyny; Atrios says the same thing he always says about the deficit; Jerry Seinfeld gets an award; Paul Waldman makes a sad, but likely, prediction; and Ta-Nehisi Coates is an outlaw. [Read more...]

Every shadow in my suitcase is restless now


The owls are not what they seem, plus: a horrific tune from Hillsong, congrats KC, “Calvary” vs. “Left Behind,” Wheaton College SVU, and signs of the End Times. [Read more...]

‘You have to keep scooping out of the boat’: More on progressive Christianity and sin


“It’s not enough to separate ourselves out into categories of ‘good’ and ‘bad,’” Mychal Denzel Smith warns, “because too often the assigning of the label is mistaken for the work.” And that work is required of all of us — “progressive” and “conservative” alike. As Scott Woods says, “It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it.” [Read more...]

‘Spiritual bondage to the powers of death’: Why Screwtape should’ve read some James Cone


Should we imagine it’s possible to have anything like an accurate appreciation for the meaning of “enslavement to dark spiritual powers” without understanding the role of powers and principalities like racism, patriarchy, class, privilege, violence, nationalism, etc.? Does anyone really believe that conservative white, male, American evangelical theology offers an adequate understanding of any of those things? No, if you’re looking for “a robust vision of spiritual slavery and bondage,” you’re better off turning to progressive Christianity than to its conservative counterpart. [Read more...]