Some timely local history

This weekend we went to a wedding at the Lazaretto Ballroom, a lovely site adjacent to a remarkable bit of American history. Essington, it turns out, isn’t just the site of long-term parking for the Philadelphia Airport. It’s also where Ellis Island was before there was ever such a thing as Ellis Island. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“The Lord is good, a stronghold on a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (5.6)

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 80: ‘Still not creepy enough’

At some point I’m sure you’ve sat alone in a room reading a better book than Left Behind and you’ve read something that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up, something that made you look up from the page and glance around the room because you were no longer quite so sure you were alone. Whether you were reading Stephen King or Julian of Norwich, the physical sensation is the same. [Read more…]

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Thursday de Mayo

Today is not Mexican Independence Day, but it is the anniversary of the day I met my wife. Also: Donald Trump doesn’t need therapy, he needs to repent; fearing refugees makes as much sense as fearing wildfire evacuees; and the racist idea that people of color are distinct from the “working class.” [Read more…]

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That rug really tied the room together

When a New Jersey school board member posts Facebook diatribes railing against immigrants and saying “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the main problem isn’t that she’s being “offensive.” The main problem is that she’s forcefully declaring that she is unwilling and unable to serve the students and families in the school district. Also: A “top evangelical school;” biblical dudehood; killing a neighborhood for profit; and “Mercy Ministries” is neither merciful nor a ministry. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever — This is true: For unto us a child is born, and unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting, the Prince of Peace.” [Read more…]

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Things I Have Learned Due to My Google News Alert for the Word ‘Satanic’

Several years ago I set up an RSS subscription for a Google News Alert for the word “Satanic.” This has served me well by keeping me up to speed on the latest witches and enemies and such being accused of being Satanic baby-killers. But it’s also led me to read hundreds of other articles simply because they popped into my RSS reader due to their containing the word “Satanic.” Here’s what I’ve learned from those articles. [Read more…]

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