Public theology 1: Resurrection, vindication and bearing witness


This story of Thomas, from the 20th chapter of John’s Gospel, is aptly chosen for its relevance to the subject of body cameras, but Pinckney doesn’t simply appeal to the story as a simple parable affirming the value of visual evidence. His argument is framed by his affirmation of resurrection — and thus of vindication. The resurrection and vindication of Jesus Christ becomes the vindication, too, of Walter Scott. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of their descendants shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. … You shall never promote their welfare or their prosperity as long as you live.” [Read more...]

The equal protection of the law


“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Yes. Yes it does. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 39: ‘Nero’s fiddle’

It’s one of the most awful and awesome panoramas of human suffering ever imagined in a work of fiction. But the audacity of the wholesale suffering that LaHaye & Jenkins imagine is dwarfed by the greater audacity of their wholly disregarding the very scenario they have presented. The authors and their protagonists seem wholly unperturbed by all of this death and destruction, save in how it presents a logistical inconvenience and cramps the travel plans of our heroes. [Read more...]

A ride with a trickster and a javelin man

"No, man, YOU'RE a flat circle."

So far, season 2 of “True Detective” looks like a grimmer, slower version of “Terriers.” Here’s a plea for Netflix to bring back that surf-noir classic for a second season. Plus: Found poetry in a fundamentalist survey on modesty; and why paleontologists should study Franklin Graham. [Read more...]

Surprising photos of celebrities without makeup!


Marc Maron, The Liar Tony Perkins, “House” for dinosaurs, deadly incuriosity, presidential geeks, a comic-fan Justice, old-school sleazy, My Morning Jacket and a “plain reading of the Bible.” [Read more...]

The world spins only forward. … The Great Work of Pentecost begins

Luke the Evangelist (with a winged ox because ... don't ask).

Acts is not just a continuation of the story begun in Luke’s Gospel. It’s a requisite of the meaning of that Gospel, which is that this story does not end. The challenge “to write the 29th chapter of Acts” is not an invitation to end the story, but to continue it. We cannot finish it, but we can take it further. We can only follow its trajectory, ever onward, ever outward. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. Those born of an illicit union shall not be admitted to the assembly of the Lord.” [Read more...]