Sunday favorites

“For to the snow God says, ‘Fall on the earth.’ … Then the animals go into their lairs and remain in their dens.” [Read more...]

The workers are going home


Winter storm Jonas is heading this way, giving us fewer musical options than we had for Hurricane Gloria. Plus: Patreon gratitude; people who are sad about community health clinics; Planet 9 From Outer Space; and who’s winning the White Evangelical Primary. [Read more...]

Wheaton College and creationism (ongoing)

"Mrs. Ples" is one of the most famous H. naledi fossils found in the caves of Sterkfontein. Just looking at this photograph puts you in violation of Wheaton College's Statement of Faith.

Dr. Hawkins’ “worship the same God” comment was in no way a violation of Wheaton’s Statement of Faith — a fact acknowledged behind closed doors even by the provost intent on punishing her for it. Her reference to Sterkfontein, however, may have been. Why, then, did Wheaton’s administrators choose to make her a scapegoat on the baseless pretext of the former rather than going after her on the latter issue where they could credibly claim a more substantive case? [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 65: ‘Suspicious phone call’


Originally posted September 30, 2005. You can read this entire series, for free, via the convenient Left Behind Index. This post is also part of the ebook collection The Anti-Christ Handbook: Volume 1, available on Amazon for just $2.99. Volume 2 of The Anti-Christ Handbook, completing all the posts on the first Left Behind book, is also now [Read More...]

Patreon page is live (and still under construction)

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Big, huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to my fundraising appeal here last week. Anyone interested in supporting this site — and, hopefully, improving it — might also want to check out my new Patreon page. That page is still a bit of a rough draft, but it’s live. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.21)

Ursula K. LeGuin reminds her local paper that public land belongs to the public. Maria Konnikova on why we fall for con games. Woody Guthrie on that racist New York slumlord Old Man Trump. And Carol Howard Merritt on the wage gap in the church. [Read more...]


Wheaton College president Philip Ryken

This is just a hasty, random assortment of recent news items illustrating the ongoing wave of brute stupidity and hatred toward Muslim people here in America. This is something that should be opposed by any respectable educational institution. This is something that should be opposed by any follower of Jesus Christ. This is something that should be opposed by any minimally decent person who is not a fool or an asshole. [Read more...]

Two Corinthians and Three Isaiahs


“Third Isaiah” is, in fact, fightin’ words in many white evangelical churches and institutions — even though the reference is not at all controversial (we might even say “innocuous”) among most evangelical clergy. This, again, reflects the gulf between what I’ve sometimes called the evangelical “faculty lounge” and the general evangelical populace. Evangelical leaders know many things that they cannot speak of outside of the faculty lounge. [Read more...]

She’ll beat you if she’s a bull


Paid sick days keep us all a lot healthier, but many employees don’t get sick days because they’re not technically employees — just the exploited “independent contractors” of the growing precariat. Also: What does it mean when a governor leads a protest march at the state capitol? And RIP to Glenn Frey and to Richard Libertini. [Read more...]

Two Corinthians, one cup (Donald Trump at Liberty University)

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Donald Trump’s clumsy proof-texting based on a half-understood concordance search showed his audience at Liberty University that he shares their hermeneutic. And his awkward failed attempts to pander to their subculture comforted Liberty students with memories of their beloved, awkwardly pandering youth ministers from church back home. [Read more...]