Smart people saying smart things (12.15)

“The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us. Daniel Schultz on what it is that you’re leaving if you leave white evangelicalism. Plus: Rebecca Traister on “identity politics;” John Broich on journalists and autocrats; and Church World Service on how you can help refugees. [Read more…]

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Wow. Whew. Thank you all.

Huge, heartfelt thanks to all for the overwhelming response to my fundraising appeal this week. Thank you. Thankyouthankyouthankyou, you beautiful, generous people. You’ve restored a bit of solid ground beneath our feet. Thank you again, and again, and again. I can’t say it enough. [Read more…]

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This is a fundraising plea

The doctor says a few weeks in a cast should allow the tendons in my wife’s arm to heal. The doctor didn’t explain how we’re going to get by without her income for the next two months. So this is a fundraising appeal. [Read more…]

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Yes and I’ve often felt forsaken

Spent my weekend rack-diving at the Big Box. Hope yours was more fun. Some Monday thoughts and links, including: Farewell John Glenn; what Mr. Rogers taught me about religion and ETI; the Bible is not a reference book; and don’t be confused about the meaning of Donald Trump’s endorsement by the Klan. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Do not answer trolls according to their folly, or you will be a troll yourself. Answer trolls according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 111: ‘The Longest Day’

When looked at scene-by-scene in this way, it becomes clear that Left Behind is a published first draft. The authors didn’t bother with any rewriting. They never even bothered with re-reading. Respect for craft and respect for your audience go hand in hand. Likewise, disrespect for craft and disrespect for your audience go hand in hand. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.6.16)

Some very smart smart people indeed, including: Jamelle Bouie, Crystal St. Marie Lewis, Jarvis Williams, Joy Reid, and Frederick Douglass. [Read more…]

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Same story

The story was fake — an outrageous, impossible lie involving a massive evil conspiracy. The millions of people spreading it couldn’t possibly believe it was true, even as they insisted that it determined their voting decisions. And yet their disingenuous enthusiasm for spreading the story meant that its inflammatory lies eventually reached the ears of a disturbed individual — someone with a history of erratic violence who heard this tall tale, believed it, and loaded his guns. [Read more…]

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