Kirk Cameron, Tim Tebow and contemporary Christian tribalism

I want to expand on the previous post about the tribalist celebration of Christian athletes — the quest for “the new Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow.” And to illustrate what I mean, I want to turn again to our old friend Cam-Cam, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron. Lauren Markoe of Religion News Service just [Read More…]

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Holi, holidays and hyraxes

I’m with Tony Jones on this. I can’t really say I understand what the Hindu festival of Holi is all about, but it looks awesome (Tony has an amazing video at the link above). The joy and playfulness of this prompts me to what Krister Stendahl called “holy envy.” My outsider’s understanding (based on Google) [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, [Read More…]

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God is not an old man

“The others are Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Mike Scott, Dwight Gooden, Hideo Nomo and David Cone.” “All you hear about in the news is the people who have stayed on public assistance or are leeching off the system, but it’s not about that.” “SNAP benefits are at the very top of the list of stimulative [Read More…]

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Chuck Colson Dies at 80

Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports for NPR: “Watergate Figure, Evangelist Chuck Colson Dies at 80” Charles Colson, who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal and later became an influential evangelical Christian, has died. Colson went from being one of the nation’s most despised men to a hero of conservative Christians. Colson [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Ed @ Gin and Tacos: “Running the Numbers: The Lottery, Part 2“ Lotteries are machines designed to extract money from the poor and redistribute it to the middle and upper classes in the form of property tax relief, school funds, and merit-based scholarships. This is the point at which one of our friends on the [Read More…]

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Southern Baptists might do the right thing and fire Richard Land

I first wrote about Richard Land’s awful comments on the Trayvon Martin case because it seemed to me a particularly egregious example of the sort of horrible, nasty dishonesty that politically conservative evangelicals regularly spout with impunity. I wrote that Land needed to be fired because that was true, but also because I didn’t expect [Read More…]

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Secular or sectarian: Pick one or the other

“I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism.” — Mitt Romney, April 2, 2012 Once again: the opposite of secularism is sectarianism. Those are the choices. Pick one. Romney chooses sectarianism. Next question for everyone who, like Romney, rejects secularism: Which sect do you think should be established [Read More…]

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