Jury duty


Never been called before and I’m kind of excited to experience this. Well, “excited” may be too strong a word, but I’m intrigued. Juries are an expression of faith in democracy, of faith in people. The idea and the ideals are things I’ve always supported, but I’ve never experienced the process firsthand. Today’s my chance [Read More...]

Hardcore Reformed theology from Jake VanDorn

One of my favorite movie moments was finally posted as a clip on YouTube: That’s George C. Scott and Season Hubley in the 1979 movie Hardcore, written and directed by Paul Schrader. And the scene really does, as the title of the YouTube posting says, describe “Calvinism in Three Minutes” — sadly cutting off just [Read More...]

‘You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind’

This is NOT a scene from the next Left Behind movie.

(Fred Rogers mashup by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep. Via Gryphen) “Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet.” “Remember, on a daily basis, that everyone else has a story.” “We’ve finally cut through the crap to identify what this debate is really about: power.” “Friday’s rally was primarily about [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Matthew 23:9-13 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father — the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will [Read More...]

Selfish Gentiles and ‘Shellfish Objections’: Timothy Dalrymple vs. the Apostle Peter

Who are you going to side with: the Apostle Peter, or Timothy Dalrymple? You’re going to have to pick one or the other, because Dalrymple, an evangelical blogger here at Patheos, is the latest contemporary American Christian to come out against Peter’s explanation of his own vision from God. Peter believed that his vision from [Read More...]

NRA: Squeezing the stallion

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist, pp. 8-10 Today we deal with three pages. They involve at least two warheads exploding in American cities, yet they remain primarily preoccupied with traffic. A traffic jam is presented as the primary obstacle facing our protagonists near Chicago, and traffic conditions are the only details provided in the report [Read More...]

Monkey – Moonshine


I’m not looking for answers at a time like this … “Monkey Grinder,” Chagall Guevara “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters “Monkeys at the Zoo,” Charlie Peacock “The Monorail Song,” Songs in the Key of Springfield “Monsoon of Perfume,” Dengue Fever “Monument,” Carina Round “Moon Over Bourbon Street,” Sting “Moon River,” Audrey Hepburn “Moonage Daydream,” David Bowie [Read More...]

Birthday presents


My birthday is tomorrow, but I’ve already been surprised with a few very nice presents. First I got to see a no-hitter for the New York Mets. Then I got to see the 2012 Transit of Venus (online, anyway, it was cloudy here). I feel privileged to have witnessed both of those, because neither is [Read More...]

Dinosaurs, dictators and Nicolae’s film festival

Charles Kuffner links to this article on dinosaur sculptor Keith Strasser and says, “I want to be a designer of dinosaur sculptures when I grow up.” That’s an excuse to tell this story: During the 2004 election, when I still lived in Delaware County, I volunteered with Move On, knocking on doors in Everybody’s Hometown. [Read More...]

‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me’


“I think we’ve gotten used to the idea that wages don’t go up.” “All women want is to have contraception coverage in health insurance plans that they are already paying into. Why is that so hard to understand?” “People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by [Read More...]