A joke and a parable from Peter Rollins

In his contribution to the new anthology Letters to a Future Church, Peter Rollins tells this joke, presenting it as a parable: Early one morning a man turned up at the house of his minister in tears, saying, “Please, can you help. A kind and considerate family in the area is in great trouble. The [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Romans 13:5-7 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due to them — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue [Read More…]

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Richard Land scandal festering in Southern Baptist Convention

Travis Loller of the Associated Press follows up on the Richard Land scandal at the Southern Baptist Convention. When I say “scandal,” of course, I don’t mean that the SBC, or Land see it as such. They don’t, and neither apparently do most white Southern Baptists or most white evangelicals, among whom Richard Land remains [Read More…]

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100 years ago

“If your ship is sinking – Keep Playing.” [Read more…]

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Layout tweaks open thread

OK, so, you’ve probably noticed a slightly different look here. Patheos is tweaking some stuff sitewide, most of which doesn’t affect this blog — except, we hope, to make it easier to find from the front pages of Patheos. But as you can see, there’ve been some tweaks here as well. This is still a [Read More…]

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Do Republicans realize they’ve just called for the repeal of welfare reform?

The “welfare reform” passed during the Clinton administration was based on the idea that welfare recipients would be required to work. Welfare reform was billed as the end of the free ride for all those lazy moms sitting at home doing nothing except raising their kids and cashing their AFDC checks. The new law replaced [Read More…]

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Fire chief: ‘It was a very successful rescue’

1. Just because someone runs into a burning building, risking his own life to save others, doesn’t mean that this person is necessarily also qualified to serve as mayor, governor, senator or president. After all, firefighters do this for a living and not every firefighter is someone who would necessarily also possess the skills and [Read More…]

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Tonight, just before midnight …

It’s Friday the 13th and, somewhere in America, he will return. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar [Read More…]

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