You just call out my name

“You just call out my name,” James Taylor sings, “and you know where ever I am / I’ll come running …” You’ve likely said something similar to someone at some point. “If you ever need me, I’ll be there for you.” That, as Taylor says, is the mark of a friend. But is it really? [Read More...]

Leftover Links

Spent way too much time last week piling up rocks and too little time posting about all the stuff I’d bookmarked. There are three words in the name of Grace Fellowship Church, but it seems that the pastor and deacons of the Tennessee congregation don’t understand what any of those words mean: “Assault Complaints Filed [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Philippians 2:3-8 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, [Read More...]

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...]