And just when I’d grown colder


I ask for help casting the movie based on televangelist Paul Crouch’s FBI file. Plus: affirmative consent, advertising upselling, the Devil’s advocacy, 15 yards for a Muslim Tebow, convertible grace, and subsidiarity — it’s on us. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ But he turned and rebuked them.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 1: Pretrib porno


Since Hollywood is putting out a new movie to celebrate 11 years of Left-Behind blogging, let’s get retro. Here’s a chance for new comment threads on old posts. Back where we started from, here we go ’round again. Book 1. Pages 1-3. [Read more...]

Memphis in the meantime baby


Action News — and the Jay-walking embarrassments they find to contribute to their ignoramus-on-the-street interviews — only imagine this is news because of the unspoken, and false, assumption that governs this “report.” That assumption is that there is no such thing as a non-Christian, only an anti-Christian. And, therefore, anything that is not an enthusiastic endorsement must be a vicious attack. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)


Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

She’s strong enough to make the walls fall down


Wednesday turtle-blogging, plus some links, including special guest appearances by Dr. Rieux, Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Cardinal Bernardin and John Malkovich. [Read more...]

‘Around the Web’


Look at a newspaper from 100 years ago and you’ll realize that lurid freak-shows and quack remedies have always helped to fund the business of journalism. Whatever value real reporting and real journalism has had to offer, it’s always been propped up, in part, by snake-oil and side-boobery. [Read more...]

Religion and justice: Two corruptions

Every religion worth anything addresses this dilemma in two ways. First by requiring that its adherents practice both charity and justice here in this life. And second by extending the hope that such unfairness will ultimately be rectified, if not in this world, then in the next. When religion goes awry or becomes corrupt, it often results from or results in an emphasis on one of those two aspects to the neglect of the other. [Read more...]