‘May it never be said … that we merely stood by’

“Since we acknowledge that we have, literally, the power to person-each-other into love — that is, into relationship — we can also acknowledge our power to obliterate dignity, respect, care, and concern for humanity from our world. All of that is within our power.” [Read more…]

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Anne Lamott: An Advent tradition

I re-read Anne Lamott’s 1998 essay, “My Advent Adventure,” every year at this time, and I’ve made it a kind of tradition to post parts of it here and encourage everyone else to read it too. “God has set up a tent among us and will help us work together on our stuff,” she says. “For you … and for me; together, over time.” [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Luke 2:1-14: “In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. …” [Read more…]

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We’ve been good, but we can’t last

Another Christmas music interlude, featuring: An anti-gay TV preacher singing like Kurt from Glee; whether or not Amy Grant’s post-“Baby Baby” Christmas album is acceptable for evangelicals; Twisted Sister; and why the officially confirmed Most Annoying Christmas song of all is actually a pretty good Advent prayer. [Read more…]

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Evangelism is not sales (again)

Sales-based “apologetics” isn’t about the other person. It’s about using another person as a convenient foil in an exercise intended to reinforce for ourselves what we already believe. Evangelism is not sales, it’s hospitality. And that means listening is far more important than arguing. [Read more…]

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ICYMI: Top posts from the past week

Just in case you missed something this week, here are the 10 posts that got the most traffic in the week ending Friday. [Read more…]

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NRA: What does the Antichrist want?

The authors don’t tell us why the Antichrist does what he does because they don’t know. And they don’t care. “Bible prophecy,” they insist, tells us what the Antichrist will do. And if we already know, step-by-step, exactly what he will do, then we don’t need to know why. [Read more…]

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Scenes from a class war

Paying wages so low your employees rely on food bank? Then just open a food bank! … Yacht owners want a free ride. … A retired bishop condemns “right-to-work,” while the current bishops remain silent. … Free gold for corporations. … Crab-in-a-bucket opposition to principal reductions is costing us all money. … And a minimum-wage machine. [Read more…]

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Songs for a long dark night

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. Today a selection of Christmas-ish songs geared toward the darkest night of the year. (Blessed solstice, everyone.) [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: “Send away all these wives and their children.” [Read more…]

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