Sunday favorites

“Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the orphan, and the widow’s cause does not come before them.” [Read more…]

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Relief agencies sound a red alert

“Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders targeting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, which means your voice of opposition is more critical than ever. History has taught us the deadly consequences of slamming the doors of this country shut on people just because of who they are and where they are from. We must prevent this administration from repeating the mistakes of the past.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 118: ‘An interlude, ending with a hug’

The logical sequel to this series of books would be L&J’s Inferno — a journey through Hell in which the authors could savor the anguish and eternal torment of everyone who disagreed with them in this life: the scientists and seminarians; the humanists and humanitarians; the Catholics, Jews, Muslims, atheists, Episcopalians and mid-trib advocates; the thousands who die every day in poverty without ever having heard or accepted the innovations of Adventist eschatology that might have saved their immortal souls. All of these have committed the sin of blasphemy against the teachings of LaHaye, and so all receive their punishments. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump is hiding his tax returns: Day 589

So what is Trump hiding? What is it that is so big and so bad that he’s had to work so hard to hide it for the past 589 days? We don’t know. We can only guess, based on his sheer determination to keep it hidden. Whatever it is, it has to be yuge. [Read more…]

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Jumping away from conclusions is a Bad Thing

It’s all inscrutable and unknowable and mysterious, they say. You cannot read minds or look into the hearts of others to see their intent. So you can never prove they’re cheating. Now pay up, because their six aces beats your two pair. [Read more…]

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Go and learn what this means (part 6: patriotism)

The religion and religious expression condemned by the prophets was something that most of their listeners would have assumed was an obvious virtue. Worship, prayer, offerings, praise, sacrifices, holy days, hymn-singing, church-going — these were all assumed to be Good Things done by Good People as evidence and consequence of their goodness. “Patriotism” falls into the same sort of category. [Read more…]

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Go and learn what this means (part 5)

The prophets hated religion. More than that, the prophets insisted that God hated religion. This is a surprising thing to find in the Bible. And so we’ve developed several ways of pretending the Bible says something else. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations.'” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 117: ‘A Very Bad Reporter’

We’ve all seen bad movies in which the plot doesn’t make sense because they haven’t provided a valid reason why the heroes don’t just go to the police. This is that movie. Except here it’s worse because the hero is a policeman and he won’t even go to himself. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.19.17)

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the “tormented deployment” of a deformed idea of “reconciliation.” Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on “Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity.” [Read more…]

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