Ain’t no way to understand the stupid words of pride


How the frustratingly untranslatable Britishism “cheeky Nandos” can help us understand where our Bibles come from. Also: No, Iowa is not “more American” than New York; there’s a 2-out-of-3 chance Seattle will still exist in 50 years; and why the Ghostfacers gang should consider a new name. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 42: ‘Buck & Jules’


Buck’s spiritual awakening is a lot like that of Jules, Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Jules was a professional killer who experiences a revelatory “moment of clarity” after several shots fired at him point-blank failed to harm him. Jules regards this as a divine miracle and a sign that his life must change: ” Whether or not what we experienced was an according-to-Hoyle miracle is insignificant. What is significant is I felt God’s touch, God got involved.” [Read more...]

When did Adam and Eve get married?

Pro-tip: Check the tide charts before scheduling your beach wedding. High tide + rainstorm = flooding.

In the story itself, on its own terms, Adam and Eve didn’t get married in anything like the way Christians today get married. They simply shacked up together. Although, of course, shacks — like clothing — had not yet been invented. Neither had marriage, for that matter. [Read more...]

Freedom of speech (a true story)

This is where this happened.

This is that story about the time when I came across a street-fair vendor in Everybody’s Home Town who was selling Confederate flag decals and “White Power” T-shirts. So I helped him. I helped him for about 15 minutes before he called the police. [Read more...]

Satanic baby-killers are putting dead babies in Pepsi!


You can learn a lot on the Internet. Today, for example, I learned that Pepsi cola is made with “flavor enhancers” manufactured from the kidney cells of aborted fetuses. That Scary Story was thoroughly debunked several years ago, but it resurfaced this week thanks to a more recent Scary Story based on the latest “secret video” produced by a friend of disgraced activist James O’Keefe. [Read more...]

It’s not gullibility; it’s malice. (C.S. Lewis is right and Ed Stetzer is wrong.)


Gullibility is a kind of innocence — an honest mistake. But gullibility is not the problem. Gullible people are relieved and happy to learn that some fake-news Scary Story isn’t actually true. But when those spreading such stories are disappointed, or defensive, or angry to learn they aren’t true, then we know that gullibility had nothing to do with it. [Read more...]

Everywhere is somewhere and nowhere is near


We’ve got a nuclear deal with Iran and a successful up-close fly-by of Pluto — not bad for a Tuesday. Plus: Farewell to a freedom fighter; responding to the heroin crisis; sharks in a volcano; and the physics of bubble wrap and D&D. [Read more...]

Post-it burkas and the ongoing anti-Pentecost backlash


From the mean streets of Chicago comes news, via Emily Joy on Twitter, of an odd bit of guerrilla-style culture war at Moody Bible Institute. A bus-stop advertisement on the street outside of one of Moody’s boys’ dorms was perceived as tawdry and lascivious due to the Chanel model’s barely perceptible hint of the shadow of a side-boob. Side-boob is the devil’s playground, but the righteous men of Moody stood fast against the wiles of the evil one, quickly constructing a makeshift burka out of Post-it notes. [Read more...]

What dreams may come


Since I’m the one who brought up the whole discussion of souls and soul-talk, Helena’s question in comments seems fair and excellent and necessary: “Is it too much to ask that Fred whether he thinks the soul survives death, and if so, what happens to it?” Ay, there’s the rub. It’s a version of a very old question that persists because it remains unanswered for anyone we can hear asking it. It’s a question that tends to reduce me to babbling about “Flatland” or to quoting Whitman. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“You have trespassed and married foreign women, and so increased the guilt of Israel. Now make confession to the Lord the God of your ancestors, and do his will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.” [Read more...]