Running to Stand Still

“Please take a seat in the shaming room. A middle-aged, male state legislator will be with you in a moment.” “Governor I have a rash on the back of my hand. Please let me know when I can come over and you can look at it and prescribe some medication.” “To Erma and all of [Read More…]

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Rumbling through this promised land

Today is Patty Griffin’s birthday. Here she is singing Springsteen: * * * * * * * * * Hall-of-Fame manager Connie Mack was, for decades, one of the fiercest enforcers of the so-called “gentlemen’s agreement” that kept Major League baseball white-only. Mack won 3,731 games in 53 years as a manager. And he lost [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

David Wong: “6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying“ Our entire philosophy about money kind of revolves around this premise — that there is no poor or working class, but only people who have chosen to not buckle down to the task of getting rich (and thus deserve whatever salary, insecurity or poor work [Read More…]

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Noble poetry and some good morals

While we’re on the subject of the gospel and the Gospels, I was excited to hear about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to be build in the mountains of Chile. This promises major breakthroughs in New Testament scholarship. With this massive new … What? Ohhh. Well, that’s pretty cool too. Cliff Vaughn offers a list [Read More…]

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Some blood-drenched history

“It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” — Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth I did a disservice to Richard Beck’s chapel lecture on Judges 19 by linking [Read More…]

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Bullet the Blue Sky

“Was I wrong on the afterlife, as so many among the bien-pensant brayed for me to admit that I was wrong on Iraq? Plainly, no.” “To flounce … the professional flounce / To sigh … when the comments are cruel …” “You taught us to treat everybody fairly and as individuals, not to judge, that [Read More…]

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A programming note and a song

I need to finish a non-blog writing project, so to help carve out the time for that, I’ll be taking a short break from our journey through Left Behind. That will resume next month, when we’ll begin on the third book in the series: Nicolae. (Spoiler: He’s the Antichrist. Spoiler two: The third book doesn’t [Read More…]

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‘Daughter, go in peace’

Let me quote the actual words of Luke 8:40-48, this time from the New Revised Standard Version: As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. [Read More…]

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