The crops are all in and the peaches are rott’ning

What if we rewrote “The Da Vinci Code” as an extended episode of “Leverage”? That’s what you’ll find in Ariel Sabar’s amazing attempt to determine the provenance of the allegedly ancient papyrus fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Also: “Hating Hillary” ca. 1996; baby steps for the SBC and a Catholic bishop; and another reminder that Eric Metaxas is a silly, silly man. [Read more…]

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We’ve gotten better at mourning. That’s a sick form of ‘progress’

The enormous change in public response might be more encouraging if the unit of measurement weren’t so horrifying. It is, undeniably, evidence of progress that our communities, our media, our politicians and churches have gotten better at publicly mourning the mass-slaughter of gay men. It is damnably indefensible that violence against LGBT people remains such a constant that it can serve as such a measurement of cultural attitudes over time. [Read more…]

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Orlando

“And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love,” the playwright said, like a pointing finger. We can study that finger and dismiss that as only a hollow, empty word. Or we can start walking in the direction it’s pointing. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 85: ‘Sunday morning coming down’

This is something humans do. When disaster strikes — fire, flood, mine explosion, school bus accident, terrorist attack, tsunami, Reawakening of the Old Ones — people get scared and desperate and come together, often at a church. We are born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward, and just as surely we will respond to that trouble by coming together and lighting candles. [Read more…]

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Maybe schools shouldn’t be lobbying to defend sexual predators

What we have here is a school — an elementary school — assuring every parent of every child there that school officials actively support shorter statutes of limitations for sexual crimes against children. “We want to make it harder for the state to prosecute those who prey on children sexually,” school officials are telling the parents of the children in their care. “And we’d like you to help us do it.” [Read more…]

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The transcript of a life (scandalously unscandalous)

An army of energized, motivated readers has pored over more than 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails — 55,000 pages of everything she sent or received as Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013. Those emails were scrutinized by journalists, opposition-research tricksters, Fox News interns, dark-money PACs, and squadrons of hostile lawyers. What they found will shock you. [Read more…]

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48

That one time Muhammad Ali met with Billy Graham demonstrates, yet again, the huge change in white evangelicalism as it shifted from Billy Graham mode into Franklin Graham mode. And it reminds us of how disastrously awful that change has been. Plus: Franklin loses a fight with Bella Abzug; Elihu as proto-Calvinist; and a literal re-enactment of Matthew 12:11. [Read more…]

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Primary day open thread

After today’s primary elections in several states, including big-delegate events in California and New Jersey, we should have a clearer picture of the national race. More importantly, we can begin recovering from the primaryitis that’s prompted so much intramural nastiness over the past year or so. (I recommend a couple of prairie oysters, bed rest, [Read More…]

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NRA: Get back Loretta

My imaginary backstory for the character of Loretta is elaborate, fanciful, and largely unsupported by the text of this story. But it’s still more credible than the official version of the character, which is too inconsistent and contradictory to make any sense. We’re forced to read between the lines to find and flesh-out “meta-Loretta.” And she turns out to be pretty cool. [Read more…]

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Untold millions are still untold

Someone left a gospel tract on a shelf at the Big Box store. This was, among other things, an attempted gesture of concern for the eternal fate of the untold millions our friend believes are damned for eternity. I appreciate that, and I’m grateful for that concern. But I also have questions. [Read more…]

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