The Psalms and the word of God

Psalm 104 is a beautiful, moving, heartfelt hymn of praise — just so long as it isn’t the product of “plenary verbal inspiration.” If we read that Psalm assuming that every particular word of it was chosen and determined by God — by the very same God who is the apparent subject of all that praise and adoration — then it just becomes something weird and kind of creepy. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 89: ‘Mostly dead’

The title-instead-of-a-raise ploy works best with a certain kind of emotionally needy, thin-skinned employee. These are the kind of people who, once given a title like “senior writer,” will insist that others use it and will correct anyone who fails to do so. (“So you’re a writer for …” “Senior writer. Senior writer!”) L&J’s obsession with Buck’s ceremonial title reminds me of such people. L&J remind me of such people. [Read more…]

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American Horror Show open thread

Events like this inevitably cause some folks to cling more tightly to the sword, reciting again that passage from Romans 13 and insisting that this is why the authority of the sword was instituted by God and not wielded in vain. For me, events like this send me back to the verse that prefaces that passage, reminding me that it is not only wise, but necessary: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

Sonia Sotomayor on lawless police; Ben Moberg on Orlando; Loretta Lynch on being seen; Alex Massie on the consequences of hateful rhetoric; and Carvell Wallace on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” and the meaning of home. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 88: ‘Sunday afternoons’

Restaurants probably took a bit of a hit from the Rapture — what with there now being 2 billion or so fewer potential customers. Chuck E. Cheese and other such places catering to children would, of course, be out of business for good. (It probably also would be best, post-Rapture, for restaurants to remove the kids’ pages from their menus, as the uncontrolled sobbing they would likely provoke could be distracting to the other diners.) [Read more…]

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He’s got the biggest King James you’ve ever seen

“Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” That’s how I know that Zacchaeus was “born again.” Plus: What spiritual maturity isn’t; giant sinkholes in Siberia; an astonishing inside look at private prisons; and some other links to distract from the absence of a “Nicolae” post. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.” [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 87: ‘Episode IV’

As you select names for your characters, for the businesses where they work, and for the town or city in which your story is set, you may decide that these names should be not only apt, but Meaningful. Good for you. Meaningful Names can reinforce character and theme. But some subtlety is required. [Read more…]

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