Some blood-drenched history

“It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” — Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth I did a disservice to Richard Beck’s chapel lecture on Judges 19 by linking [Read More…]

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Bullet the Blue Sky

“Was I wrong on the afterlife, as so many among the bien-pensant brayed for me to admit that I was wrong on Iraq? Plainly, no.” “To flounce … the professional flounce / To sigh … when the comments are cruel …” “You taught us to treat everybody fairly and as individuals, not to judge, that [Read More…]

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A programming note and a song

I need to finish a non-blog writing project, so to help carve out the time for that, I’ll be taking a short break from our journey through Left Behind. That will resume next month, when we’ll begin on the third book in the series: Nicolae. (Spoiler: He’s the Antichrist. Spoiler two: The third book doesn’t [Read More…]

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‘Daughter, go in peace’

Let me quote the actual words of Luke 8:40-48, this time from the New Revised Standard Version: As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. [Read More…]

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Gospel reading: Jesus rebukes an unclean slut

Luke 8:40-48 (Contemporary American Version) But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And [Read More…]

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With or without you

“Self-identified evangelicals in these two states are also much more likely than others to favor legal bans on interracial marriage: nearly one-fourth in Alabama, and one-third in Mississippi.” “Catrina was arrested at gun point, handcuffed, and hauled off to the LaSalle Parish Jail. A search of her home turned up no evidence of drug use [Read More…]

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Violent Blue Like Jazz

“I come out of this … subculture …” Yep. And because of that, I’m looking forward to Blue Like Jazz, based on the book by Donald Miller and directed by Steve Taylor. Steve Taylor being the manic scarecrow figure hollering the song in the first video above. I’ve not seen his earlier feature film, but [Read More…]

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A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma cannot deny human-caused climate change

Frank Balsinger is not impressed with the exegetical skills of science-rejecting Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe. The senator cites the book of Genesis to suggest that it would be impossible for humans to alter the climate. Balsinger doesn’t claim to be an expert in biblical interpretation but he still easily demolishes Inhofe’s reading of the [Read More…]

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