Seriously, Richard Land needs to be fired

Richard Land, “ethics” spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, is doubling-down on his claim that the Trayvon Martin case is being overplayed by “race hustlers.” His phrase: “race hustlers.” Who says that? I mean, besides white racists, is there anyone who says that? The Southern Baptist Convention needs to fire Richard Land. Yesterday. Or sooner. [Read More…]

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Friday the 13th: A Ghost Story

I don’t believe in ghosts because, if there were such a thing, then I think the following would be a true story. As far as I know, it is not. … It’s not widely discussed. Those who have witnessed it firsthand are, for obvious reasons, reluctant to talk about it. You’ll never see them publicly [Read More…]

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April 4

And so the first question that the Levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” That’s the question before you tonight. Not, [Read More…]

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Dear SBC: Richard Land needs to go now

Dear Southern Baptist Convention: A new name for the denomination won’t change the perception that you’re a parochial Southern institution clinging to mid-20th century white privilege. As long as you employ Richard Land as your “ethics” spokesman, it will be impossible for the rest of the world to perceive you as anything but a parochial [Read More…]

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1952 Vincent Black Lightning

“How Great I Am” “A Precious Moment for Jael” “I feel like maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that I have Elvis Costello’s sweat on a piece of toilet paper.” “Generally, devotion like that freaks me out. Big time.” “You are now free to get swept up in the tale of epic romance and frozen corpses, [Read More…]

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Why you — yes, you — should take Scalia’s place on the court

Three years ago we witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of an entire political party taking sides against a virtue. The Republican Party united to denounce empathy. The proximate cause for that weird little tantrum was President Barack Obama’s statement that empathy was a desirable quality in a Supreme Court justice. That was an unremarkable comment. Of [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Carol Howard Merritt: “Navigating the Fullness of God’s Calling“ The only thing that seemed acceptable for women was playing the organ and singing in the choir. I sucked at both. With my complete lack of domestic and musical abilities, I was useless to the church. I wanted to serve God, but how? I suppose that’s [Read More…]

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‘Took a breath and let him pass’

I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” over and over since linking to that song the other day. Springsteen has added it to the set list for his current tour, playing it in Tampa, Fla., last week and dedicating it to Trayvon Martin. The song was written after the killing of Amadou [Read More…]

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