‘Just put yourself in that person’s shoes’

Smarter-than-I-thought people saying smart things: “Miley Cyrus on Marriage Equality and Christianity” Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do — you know, wear the ring on your finger and [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More…]

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Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More…]

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Little boys worship a little boy

John Piper is a boy, so John Piper wants God to be a boy. Silly, silly boy. J.R. Daniel Kirk points out that the Bible does not let Christians claim that God is a boy. Sarah Moon notes that folks like Piper don’t seem to know much about women [fixed]. Paul at Disoriented-Reoriented notes that [Read More…]

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Being a culture-warrior must be exhausting

Ellen DeGeneres is very funny. She’s also endearingly self-deprecating, kind, honest and just sort of all-around adorable. Hiring her as a spokesperson is thus a smart move for JCPenney. And trying to whip up a culture-war tempest over that hiring is a really, really dumb move for the American Family Association. I’ll link to the [Read More…]

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Hallelujah by and by

Shortly after I picked up the first book in the Left Behind series, but before I’d started writing about it, I wrote a post about the otherworldly strain of escapism in American Christianity. That otherworldliness, I argued, derives from the untenable history of trying to belong to a church that included both slaves and slaveowners. [Read More…]

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Planned Parenthood saves lives

Attacking, demonizing and defunding Planned Parenthood, therefore, costs lives. The lives of women and children. Mostly, but not only, poor women and children. So if you tell me you dislike or disapprove of or oppose Planned Parenthood because you are “pro-life” I will be forced to conclude that you are using words you do not [Read More…]

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Groundhog Day and the 10,000-hour montage

Today is the cross-quarter day between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s Candlemas, Imbolc and, here in Pennsylvania, Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day is a strange little tradition, an annual non-holiday marking the midway point of winter and the hope for a coming spring. “If Candlemas be bright and clear / There’ll be two [Read More…]

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