The further adventures of Charters & Caldicott

You don’t suppose there’s something in this fellow’s story, Caldicott, do you? After all, people don’t go about tying up nuns. Dan Heaton at Pop Matters reviews the new DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. This is a great old film, and one those who know me well know is one of my [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Amos 5:16-24 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord: In all the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’ They shall call the farmers to mourning, and those skilled in lamentation, to wailing; in all the vineyards there shall be wailing, for I [Read More…]

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On names, naming and name-calling

So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the [Read More…]

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Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School is a very bad school

Before saying anything about the Supreme Court decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. EEOC we first need to say something about the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School itself. It’s a bad school. It’s a very bad school and no parent should consider sending their children there. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School teaches children bad [Read More…]

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Tim LaHaye gets apocalyptic in backing Newt Gingrich

Tim LaHaye and his wife Beverly, founder of Ladies Against Women, announced yesterday that they are endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination for president. Tim LaHaye has been an influential power-broker in the religious right and the Republican Party for the past 30 years — this despite the fact that he [Read More…]

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Hanging an ‘unwelcome’ sign on the church

Hurting people is wrong. Hurting people in the name of the church hurts the church. I don’t want that second point to detract from the priority of the first one, but it’s also important. I was reminded of the UCC’s banned-from-the-Super Bowl ad above when reading Timothy Kincaid’s response, at Box Turtle Bulletin, to “An [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jay Michaelson: “Why Rick Santorum Can’t Just Say: God Doesn’t Want You To Be Gay“ If it were social policy that motivated him, he’d read the studies of same-sex couples in Massachusetts and in other countries, which show that they raise children as well as opposite-sex couples, form stable families, and the rest. But what [Read More…]

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Broken news: The New York Times pulls a Brisbane

Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor for The New York Times, asks “Should the Times Be a Truth Vigilante?“: I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. OK, Brisbane seems unclear on both sides of “All the news” and [Read More…]

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