September 10, 2018

• I didn’t see this Craig Ferguson monologue when it aired way back in 2007, but someone recently linked to it way down in the replies of a Twitter thread. It holds up well and remains a lovely thing. This is an example of what we might call a “personal testimony.” It’s also an example of another thing that my people like to describe as “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” That is to say it’s an… Read more

September 7, 2018

The actual exile of the people of Judah was really, in Tim LaHaye’s view, just a metaphor — a prophetic foreshadowing of the far more important future New Babylon to be established by the Antichrist any day now. The latter is more important because it involves us. Read more

September 6, 2018

Ezra Klein: “That Republicans in this Congress have proven so subservient to — or scared of — Trump that they have let the fate of the country hinge on whether his staff can adequately distract and calm him is a subversion of the constitutional order and an abdication of responsibility.” Read more

September 5, 2018

I would like to see Colin Kaepernick sign with the New York Mets. There are probably a dozen reasons why that would never happen, only some of which have to do with baseball or football. But my main reason for wanting this to happen is theological. Read more

September 3, 2018

American Christianity tends to be so heavenly minded it’s no earthly good, and that theology isn’t helping the residents of a disappearing island in the Chesapeake. Also: An idol falls in Georgia; permission to read Harry Potter; and jokes about camels. Read more

September 2, 2018

“Do not put your trust in princes. … The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.” Read more

August 31, 2018

We’re supposed to think it unfair that Verna would say that Buck has been “insubordinate and disrespectful” simply because he has been insubordinate and disrespectful. She’s a woman, after all, and he’s a male. Read more

August 30, 2018

No, banning the cruel child abuse of “conversion therapy” does not involve black helicopters swooping in to confiscate white Christians’ Bibles. And also, no, Billy Graham was not a member of the Luciferian Illuminati. Also: Pussy Riot plays a Christian music festival, and House GOP members struggle to keep tabs on their lack of oversight. Read more

August 29, 2018

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you.” Read more

August 28, 2018

There seems to be a very fine line between “catch and kill” and simple blackmail. Trump apparently viewed his arrangement as the former, but it may have been more like the latter, and he just wasn’t self-aware enough to notice.  Read more

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