A request re: Tubal-cain, the Iron Age and transparent aluminum

So the other day I tripped over Tubal-cain and wound up wishing I’d paid more attention in my biblical studies classes and/or done more of the reading for my history classes. Let me explain where this is going, then ask for your help in pointing me toward where I might learn more to sort this [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Jo Hilder: “The dangers of group-think, and why we must never forget Azaria Chamberlain“ It wasn’t until the nineties, long after Lindy Chamberlain had been convicted of her baby’s murder and spent time in prison for it then exonerated, and after she and her husband Michael had divorced, that some of us actually started to [Read More...]

‘When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous’

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers. – Proverbs 21:15 Dave Weigel: “How We Found Out” “The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!” Did you work on passing the bill? [Read More...]

Cellar door

“Seventeen years of tireless labor by a mind blessed with a profound understanding of human vanity, with unparalleled gifts of sensory perception and the figuration thereof, and with one of the greatest prose styles in the English language produced a work that all too often, and for long stretches, can remind the reader (when not [Read More...]

Mennonite marriage, Tinky Winky and a slew of droves

What do you do when you’re in a tsk-tsk-ing tizzy about same-sex marriage, but you’re part of a denomination that holds a core doctrine of individual liberty? Ann at The Revealer finds the answer in a recent statement, from the executive committee of the Mennonite church, which says: The board owns the understanding of our [Read More...]

Including ‘generates controversy,’ but excluding doesn’t

Greg Horton of Religion News Service writes about the end of one great Christian music festival and the beginning of another: “As Cornerstone wraps up, Wild Goose Festival takes off.” Here are a couple of paragraphs that get at the core of the current situation in American evangelicalism: As Cornerstone prepares for its final act, [Read More...]

We are many, we are many, we are

Subverting cliches is funny and it resurrects the impact of dead imagery. Whoever called this a Fail needs to fish or get off the pot. This sign is awesome.

“If I do not fight bigotry wherever it is, bigotry is thereby strengthened. And to the degree that it is strengthened, it will thereby have the power to turn on me.” “It does not surprise me that the American public is not interested in the gospel of Jesus or black liberation theology or any type [Read More...]

Empathy is always one possible option

Chief Justice John Roberts suffers from a chronic, pre-existing medical condition of precisely the sort that would have made it impossible, before the Affordable Care Act, for him to purchase insurance in the private sector. Some right-wing commentators think this influenced Roberts’ decision upholding the ACA. But they don’t imagine that this might have influenced [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Proverbs 31:6-9 Give strong drink to one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more. Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Muhammad Yunus: “Statement of Concern on Violence and Discrimination against LGBTI People“ As a global community of individuals dedicated to a more peaceful and just world, we wish to express our grave concern as to how our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) brothers and sisters are being [Read More...]