Why you — yes, you — should take Scalia’s place on the court

Three years ago we witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of an entire political party taking sides against a virtue. The Republican Party united to denounce empathy. The proximate cause for that weird little tantrum was President Barack Obama’s statement that empathy was a desirable quality in a Supreme Court justice. That was an unremarkable comment. Of [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Carol Howard Merritt: “Navigating the Fullness of God’s Calling“ The only thing that seemed acceptable for women was playing the organ and singing in the choir. I sucked at both. With my complete lack of domestic and musical abilities, I was useless to the church. I wanted to serve God, but how? I suppose that’s [Read More…]

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‘Took a breath and let him pass’

I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots)” over and over since linking to that song the other day. Springsteen has added it to the set list for his current tour, playing it in Tampa, Fla., last week and dedicating it to Trayvon Martin. The song was written after the killing of Amadou [Read More…]

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Haunting Heaven still

Am I seeing things, or does Rick Santorum’s weird photoshop morphing of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look kind of like Jason Robards? “Woman Who Isn’t Racist But vs. Guy Who Doesn’t Hate Gays He Is Just Saying That’s All” “I don’t write to them. I don’t write for them. And I don’t write at [Read More…]

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More personal testimonies

I still love the evangelical ritual of sharing “personal testimonies.” In our evangelical churches, the practice has often calcified into something less honest — with stories told more to match others’ expectations, or the tellers’ perceptions of those expectations. Stories told in that way tend to all sound the same. But the basic idea — [Read More…]

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Can’t seem to find my way over

“The Greatest Gift.” Well played. “Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go.” “Don’t ever underestimate what the Objectivists are capable of. I beg you not to get involved …” “Satanic message producers have several key responsibilities and working closely with talent is one of the most important.” “It seems that unattractive but [Read More…]

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Real-life people with Dickensian names

Somewhat brain-fried at the moment, so here’s the beginnings of a list I started keeping off to the side after marking the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. “Dickensian” names is a bit of a slippery category — something to do with meter, with allusions to King James or Victorian English, and with a delightful mix [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes. [Read more…]

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