Yes, Virginia, there is a December headline cliché

Back when I still worked in a fully staffed newsroom — back when there still was such a thing as a fully staffed newsroom — we had a rule for the holidays. Once per year we would allow one headline beginning “‘Tis the Season …” and one beginning, “Yes, Virginia …” But only one per [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Lilit Marcus: “Florence, The Machine, Faith, and Me (Part 1) (Part 2)” Florence Welch’s brand of majestic tribal-pop “secular gospel,” or what Tom Ewing refers to as “Big Music” in his recent and excellent look at post-U2 stadium rock for Pitchfork, has so many parallels to evangelical worship music. Take for example the track “Spectrum” [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Luke 2:8-14 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see — I [Read More...]

Peace on earth, good will to all

It’s Christmas Eve, babe … [Read more...]

‘He was one of them’

It’s kind of a Christmas tradition here to post an excerpt from Anne Lamott’s “Advent Adventure.” This is the key part, but follow that link to see how Lamott sees this story of incarnation and grace as a Christmas story. “The only things getting me up the stairs are Terry, behind me, pushing me forward [Read More...]

‘The animals are coming,’ so drive up the price of Ron Paul’s investments in gold

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, presents himself as a libertarian who believes in smaller, limited government and a strict adherence to the Constitution. Hogwash. For decades, Ron Paul churned out vile newsletters peddling unfiltered racism, anti-gay hysteria, and anti-Semitic, John Birch Society “trilateral” insanity. If you’ve got the stomach for it, you can peruse dozens of [Read More...]

Stocking stuffers

Defining dominionism down: Good’s Kristin Rawls reports on a nice, attractive young couple who are helping to give dominionism a nicer, more attractive face. They’d prefer we don’t say “dominionism,” though, because in their ideal of a Christian America governed by biblical laws privileging Christianity, no one would be forced to convert: The Mitchells practice [Read More...]

Someone wants to hear your story

The headline of this post is true for all of us, actually, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Someone wants to hear your story. But the point of this post is a bit more specific with regard to the someone and the you here. The someone in this case is Margot Starbuck, who’s an [Read More...]