… But then again, he loves everybody

Chaplain Mike of Internet Monk offers a meditation on divine grace, beginning with this passage from Deuteronomy 7: It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you — for you were the fewest of all peoples. It was because the Lord [Read More…]

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W. Scott Poole on Left Behind, Satan and the culture wars

This is from W. Scott Poole’s 2009 book Satan in America: The Devil We Know: Left Behind also sought to make an evangelical case for some of the contemporary cultural and political struggles of the 1990s. Its emergence as a publishing phenomenon coincided with a public movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. … [Read More…]

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Sing a chorus or two

It’s snowing here in Chester County, and happily, since I’m not a delusional conspiracy theorist inventing elaborate tales of a diabolical plot by scientists, journalists and wildlife, I’m not compelled to embarrass myself with stale, defiantly ignorant jokes about global warming. We’re just a little more than half-way through winter, so let me share some [Read More…]

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Their bluff has been called, will the bishops know when to fold ’em?

Well, I didn’t expect this. The U.S. Catholic bishops have spent the week denying that they’re simply trying to prohibit health insurance from covering contraception. It’s not about that, they insisted, but about religious liberty. Today, President Barack Obama called their bluff, carving out an “accomodation” that removes any grounds for a complaint about “freedom [Read More…]

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Personal testimonies: ‘We’re all stories’

Like most evangelical Christians, I love personal testimonies. This is one of the best traditions of our anti-traditional religious tradition. We get up in front of each other and we tell our stories. Personal testimonies aren’t sermons or arguments. They are our stories — the stories that tell who we are. They are our own [Read More…]

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Old men pretending to be newly upset at old news

1. This Is Old News. President Barack Obama’s policy on health insurance for contraception is not a departure from current law. It does not deviate from the established rules. And Catholic institutions have been abiding by these same rules for more than a decade. So when the clerical lobbyists suddenly jump up screaming that this [Read More…]

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Bishops and burkhas and buggies

Consider burkhas. In some religious traditions, women are required to wear head-to-toe loose-fitting garments to preserve their modesty and to shield men from the temptations that may follow from glimpsing the female form. I believe in religious freedom, so I believe that those who choose to wear burkhas must be free to do so. A [Read More…]

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A useful recipe I hope you won’t need

So, OK, after two long posts about something that makes me angry, here’s a quick and not-at-all anger-inducing topic to cleanse the palate. The Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix in our family tends to be friendly and curious. Her response to other dogs, other people, deer, chipmunks, mice and groundhogs tends to involve lots of tail-wagging and [Read More…]

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