I hate this sunless Saturday

Anyone knocking on the door, like Cornelius, and saying, “I am one seeking the grace of God to travel with you in God’s service together” should be welcomed. Let’s hope the archbishop sees the larger implications of that. Also: Getting the lead out; imagining a better approach to incarceration; and hospitality and rebirth in an Italian village. [Read more…]

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I don’t have any right to pick the Republican nominee

I’m confused by some of the complaining about so-called “closed primaries.” Pennsylvania’s primaries are next week, but it’s not accurate to say that “Pennsylvania” is holding elections. The Republican and Democratic Parties are holding elections to choose their nominees. Republicans are voting for Republican nominees and Democrats are voting for Democratic nominees. How else should that work? [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 78: ‘Buck, incognito’

You might expect the now-abandoned churches and elementary schools to be filled with grieving, shell-shocked parents. And you might expect these millions of grieving parents not only to seek comfort, but to demand answers about what happened to their children — all of their children. But none of that happens here. [Read more…]

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Electric word, life, it means forever

Live TV, prime time, national stage. “Baby I’m a ….” He swats the mic stand over almost contemptuously, catches it with his foot and flips it back up so that it arches perfectly back into his waiting hand. “… Star.” Whoa. [Read more…]

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The Revolution is just a T-shirt away

Voting isn’t supposed to be about “providing me with indulgence and satisfaction.” It’s not a self-affirming consumer choice or a narcissistic performance of moral superiority. It’s about taking responsibility, not avoiding it. Also: Record-setting heat sets stage for claims of global cooling; a personal testimony; and the breakfast of champions. [Read more…]

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Harriet Tubman stole from the rich and gave to the poor (cont’d.)

Honoring Harriet Tubman on official currency is somewhat ironic, of course, since Tubman was a notorious thief. She stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Legally and constitutionally, that’s what it meant to liberate slaves in antebellum America. [Read more…]

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Don’t let the rain make you unhappy

“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller has been awarded a Pulitzer prize. This is correct. If you haven’t read it, go read it now. Also: UC Davis and the Streisand effect; trespassing vs. civil disobedience; James Dobson worries about demographic purity; and a pop-music artifact that makes me smile. [Read more…]

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NRA: A church without a plan

What do you suppose all these people do for a living? That’s a complicated subject here in the post-Rapture world of the Great Tribulation. Everyone can’t be like Buck and Rayford — with a spiffy new job working directly for the Antichrist. So what do all these other people do? [Read more…]

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What if we learned about the Bible from the people who got it right?

The victims of injustice tend to have a far better theological track record than the defenders, perpetrators, and beneficiaries of it. We should try learning from them for a change. Perhaps it would be better to learn about the Bible from the people who got it right than to continue learning about the Bible from people who insist on getting it wrong. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. [Read more…]

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