I did not get the job: A fundraising post

I had a job interview on Thursday and it seemed to go well. I think it actually did go well. But I didn’t get the job. And I really, really needed that job. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.10)

Tim Cunningham on the people who kept you from getting Ebola. Larry R. Morrison on the invention of the slave-owners’ doctrine of “biblical inerrancy.” And more smart things from Fredrick Robinson, Cynthia Meyer, and Musa Okwonga. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 63: ‘Executive Intelligence Review’


The authors behave as they imagine God behaves. They have a plot that must move forward and they will advance that plot even if it means causing, then callously disregarding, the suffering of billions of people. Plot trumps — and tramples on, and violates — character. Here, once more, Bad Writing and Bad Theology intersect. [Read more...]

Epiphany: Jesus wept


But also — and here’s a wonderful part of the story we too often forget — the epiphany that unfolds from this freaky incarnation works both ways. If the person and the life of Jesus Christ taught us humans everything we need to know about God, that life also taught God what it is like to be one of us. [Read more...]

Stonehenge, Yucca Mountain, and the Bible


How long can history and memory be preserved without any written record? And, even if we stipulate that some vestigial memory might linger after many centuries, is there any way to separate those legitimate memories and histories from all that has accumulated around them? It’s a tantalizing problem. We want to know more than we do — maybe more than we can — about the ancient past, but the record of it just isn’t there. What we have, instead, are ciphers and puzzles, with few clues to understanding them. [Read more...]

Outside there’s a boxcar waiting


Akinobu Kimura just did something that probably no human being has ever done before. Plus: Advice for the gig economy; the purpose of FreeCell; more failed predictions from the GOP; and how many actors have pulled a von Sydow? [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.” [Read more...]