World AIDS Day


“I was sick and you took care of me …” World AIDS Day, US | World AIDS Day, UK | World AIDS Day, UN | AVERT From (2015) An HIV+ pregnant woman can give birth to an HIV-free baby 98 percent of mother-to-child HIV transmission incidents are preventable. Yet, more than 1,000 babies are born [Read More...]

Church bulletin announcements

The ‘homogeneous unit principle’ in action “Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples” A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha [Read More...]

Fun with non-sequiturs

Father Gabriele Amorth, former chief exorcist for the Vatican, has never read any of the Harry Potter books. We know this to be true because of what he says about them: “In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses.” He’s not [Read More...]

It’s Mark Twain’s birthday — go the whole hog


Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born 176 years ago today. So of course I’ll take that as an excuse to re-read one of my favorite passages in American literature, from Chapter 31 of Huckleberry Finn, wherein Huck aims to misbehave. I’m sticking with the original language here, which is offensive and vile, and the only language [Read More...]

An index for the 99%: 12 items of Christmas with the family will cost you $79.81

The Consumerist reports on an annual holiday tradition from PNC Financial: According to the folks at PNC Financial, who have spent decades tracking the ups and downs of the gifts rattled off in the seemingly endless tune, the total cost of realizing the full “12 Days of Christmas” has crossed the $100,000 mark for the [Read More...]

Richard Land to Newt Gingrich: Strike a pose

Richard Land has published an open letter trying to convince Newt Gingrich to give a “Checkers speech” on his checkered marital history. The Southern Baptist ethics czar urges Gingrich to: … pick a pro-family venue and give a speech (not an interview) addressing your martial history once and for all. It should be clear that [Read More...]

‘Sighs too deep for words’

The previous post is mostly a joke, and a joke mostly directed at myself. Re-reading a bit of Brother Lawrence in 25 Books Every Christian Should Read was another reminder that prayers of gratitude or intercession aren’t often my first thoughts or the first words on my lips — particularly when I’m driving. (I do [Read More...]

Achieving spiritual efficiency through prayer macros

Tony Jones posted a provocative poll on the subject of prayer. The question was “Why do you pray?” and the poll allowed for only two possible answers: 1) Prayer changes me; and 2) Prayer changes God. (Results here.) I’d like to get at this question from a different angle by sharing with you my own [Read More...]