God disguised as men in dark shirts and masks


The Irish Armagayddon. Arizona superintendent goes full Driscoll. John Piper goes gangsta. No longer name-checking Satan. EEOC defends pregnant workers. And Dave Grohl wins the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [Read more...]

In the world that’s ours for naming


Some mid-week linkery, including: The “Louisville Purge” isn’t what I thought it was; a pro-life ban on breastfeeding in public; how to commend “kinda weaksauce support;” and what if we treated what the Bible has to say about sex the way we treat what it has to say about money? [Read more...]

August fundraiser (Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)


I try to avoid calling attention to the Tip Jar “donate” button on this site unless I need to. I need to. So I’m having a bit of an August fundraiser. If you have the inclination and the ability to click that button, I thank you in advance. [Read more...]

The table is set and the door is open


Some Tuesday morning links, including: Two Christian schools in California take two very different approaches to transgender students; spending a summer in the archives; a New Age guru’s racist rant; if you can’t bribe members of Congress, threaten to shoot them; “extraordinary engineering measures” uninterrupted by war. [Read more...]

Police again foiled in their quest for a bloodbath, will try again tonight


Perhaps there’s some other explanation for the tactics and strategy employed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, but I can’t imagine what it is. The simplest explanation would seem to be that they are trying to do exactly what it appears they are trying to do: Incite a riot that would provide a pretext for a more violent response. [Read more...]

WeAreN’t helping when we take sides in sectarian violence


Picking sides or defending one side in a sectarian conflict doesn’t alter the overall dynamic and cannot resolve the perpetual cycle of violence. The only thing that can do that is to ensure that religious freedom and other fundamental human rights are not contingent — that they are enshrined in the rule of law, equally, for the majority and the minority alike. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)


“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

Ignore the ghosts of books


Some Sunday links, including: “Missional” may be an empty buzzword, but your neighbors are real; Steve Rogers original driver’s license; wolfotes; politician says “The Ten Commandments … has nothing to do with religion;” and “If he’s not fit to serve, then I’m not fit to serve.” [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.17)

Arthur Chu on being a person without a country; a personal testimony from Stacie @ GirlGriot; David Badash on those the church chases away; Kevin Carnahan on persecution and parochialism; and Victoria Weinstein offers more than beauty tips for ministers. [Read more...]