P.S.: Please don’t eat the chimpanzee


Surfing around for an image to enlist for the previous post on the story of Peter’s vision from Acts 10-11, I came across some rather odd bits of artwork. Like this one, for example, from a Sunday school curriculum illustrating the story. Acts 10 says Peter fell into a trance and: “saw the heaven opened [Read More...]

Slavery and same-sex marriage (cont’d.)

Stephen Prothero’s CNN op-ed from earlier this month titled “On gay marriage, Obama, Billy Graham and a tale of 2 Christianities” touches on some of the points in the previous post here. Prothero notes that the Rev. Billy Graham (or, at least, his children on his behalf) spoke out against marriage equality in North Carolina, [Read More...]

Slavery, seafood, sexuality and the Southern Bible

Do you see anything at all in that sheet about race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality? No, you do not. And that is why, despite what Peter says, his vision was only just God's way of telling him that it was OK to eat elephants, giraffes and snakes. Obviously.

I’ve written many times here about Peter’s vision of the treyf smorgasbord in the book of Acts (most recently here, and earlier here). I love that story, which is why I’ve linked to those chapters from Acts, reprinted them here, and summarized them many times. It’s a terrific story from the Christian Bible and I [Read More...]

Thomas More vs. Mary Dyer: The bishops don’t know what ‘religious liberty’ means

William Tyndale restricts the religious liberty of the good clergy of Brussels as part of his dastardly war on religion.

The U.S. Catholic bishops have decided to make Thomas More the central figure in their summer protests against the government guarantee of equal health insurance coverage for women. Scott Paeth notes that this choice probably reveals more about the bishops’ agenda than they intended: Thomas More died for the sake of his conscience. More also [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Titus 1:12 It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, ‘Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.’ [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Vorjack: “Ur Doing It Wrong“ Religions are variegated things that allow the individual more control than most folks acknowledge. We’re fond of treating religion as something you’re born into and stuck with barring deconversion. We don’t often talk about the streams of tradition within the religion that an individual must accept or reject. Look around [Read More...]

You’ll be amazed before you’re halfway there

“It all seemed so real, like it made so much sense, but it wasn’t right.” “Some people — in this case 63 percent — never learn.” “Before we can ‘do something’ for the poor, there are some things we need to stop doing to them.” “Climate change isn’t just making maple syrup scarcer — it’s [Read More...]

NRA: Switching horses mid-apocalypse

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist: pp. 1-4 As Book 3 of this series begins, we pick up where we left off at the end of the second book. The action begins here just moments after that book stopped, with our heroes stuck in traffic in a rental car near Chicago, struggling to come to grips [Read More...]

‘The money changers in this temple will not stand’


“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” “Elective abortions are not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” “The truth is that spending, taxes and the deficit are all lower today than when President Obama took office.” “For the first [Read More...]

Kneel to Knuckle


Heaven could be any place at all … “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” Willie Nelson “The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea,” Johnny Cash “Knife,” Aztec Camera “Knife,” Grizzly Bear “Knife Chase,” Tom Waits “Knife Going In,” Tegan & Sara “Knights in Shining Karma,” XTC “Knock ‘Em Out,” Lily Allen “Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd “Knockin’ in [Read More...]