Haunting Heaven still

Am I seeing things, or does Rick Santorum’s weird photoshop morphing of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look kind of like Jason Robards? “Woman Who Isn’t Racist But vs. Guy Who Doesn’t Hate Gays He Is Just Saying That’s All” “I don’t write to them. I don’t write for them. And I don’t write at [Read More…]

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More personal testimonies

I still love the evangelical ritual of sharing “personal testimonies.” In our evangelical churches, the practice has often calcified into something less honest — with stories told more to match others’ expectations, or the tellers’ perceptions of those expectations. Stories told in that way tend to all sound the same. But the basic idea — [Read More…]

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Can’t seem to find my way over

“The Greatest Gift.” Well played. “Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go.” “Don’t ever underestimate what the Objectivists are capable of. I beg you not to get involved …” “Satanic message producers have several key responsibilities and working closely with talent is one of the most important.” “It seems that unattractive but [Read More…]

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Real-life people with Dickensian names

Somewhat brain-fried at the moment, so here’s the beginnings of a list I started keeping off to the side after marking the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. “Dickensian” names is a bit of a slippery category — something to do with meter, with allusions to King James or Victorian English, and with a delightful mix [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes. [Read more…]

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Your dreams were your ticket out

“I see a little silhouetto of a man. …” “Jose Hernandez is an astronaut.” “Which would make its history even stranger than anyone had previously thought.” (via) A collection of potential cover designs for Rachel Held Evans’ new book. (Background here.) “Think you have the right to vote? Not so much!” “One of the things [Read More…]

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Healing and the justice of God

So I’m reading this book of essays about the future of the church. Some of them are pretty good, but last night I hit a real clunker. The writer is stressing the importance of a right and proper formulation of “the gospel”: The true gospel. The real gospel. The gospel of the Bible, the one [Read More…]

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Just for living in your American skin

I don’t understand the partisan response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yes, many liberals are upset that a child was gunned down with impunity. (It’s been more than a month now.) But they are not upset for partisan reasons or for “liberal” reasons or for Democratic Party reasons. They are upset because a child [Read More…]

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