Bible stories: Shamgar

One of my favorite Bible stories is barely a story at all. It’s the story of Shamgar, the parenthetical hero of the book of Judges. Here, in its entirety, is the story of Shamgar: After him came Shamgar son of Anath, who killed six hundred of the Philistines with an ox-goad. He too delivered Israel. [Read More...]

The Nephilim fossil of upstate New York

I’m not trying to jump the gun on the upcoming Patheos book club on this book, but I wanted to share this anecdote from W. Scott Poole’s fascinating Monsters in America. It’s the story of what happens when someone discovers a mastodon tooth before anyone knew what a mastodon was: In 1705 a farmer discovered [Read More...]

Reasons for hope, part 1

An excellent question, from comments: Is there any reason for hope? … What is there to be hopeful about? I think everyone has asked that question at some point. If you haven’t, then you should have — it’s one of the most important questions there is. And it’s a question that calls for more than [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Amos 5:10-15 They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you [Read More...]

Weird intersections

Here’s another book for my list: Left Behind and Loving It, by D. Mark Davis. From Amy Frykholm’s review for The Christian Century: For people interested in the weird intersection of the Bible and American culture, this book does the trick of making you see better because you laugh more. Frykholm is herself author of [Read More...]

Rights for me, but not for thee

So says Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association: My argument all along has been that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion. Fischer’s interpretation of the no-establishment clause of the First Amendment is that there is no establishment clause in the First Amendment. He believes [Read More...]

Anti-Antichristianity influences politics

Matthew Avery Sutton argues “Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics” in a New York Times op-ed column. Writing for First Things, someone named Matthew J. Franck is deeply wounded that Sutton, rather than Matthew J. Franck, was invited to write for The New York Times. Franck’s response to Sutton’s column conveys three main points: 1) [Read More...]

Last week's jobs thread …

… only had a handful of comments. Probably a hint that this attempt at longshot-networking isn’t working. So instead of starting another new thread today, let’s try redirecting back to last week’s to see if we can’t drum up a few more responses there. [Read more...]