Michele Bachmann calls for guaranteed employment for all

Rights come with responsibilities, my conservative friends are always saying. And they’re right about that. And because they’re right about that, then they must also agree with me that responsibilities come with rights. If, for example, I am responsible for keeping the sidewalk in front of my house clear of snow in the winter, then [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

1 Timothy 6:3-10 Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

John Quiggin: “Keeping the state out of your bedroom” If you really want personal freedom, you can achieve it only by constraining property rights. Dahlia Lithwick: “Occupy the No-Spin Zone” I spent time this weekend at Occupy Wall Street and my husband spent much of last week adding his voice to the protesters there. I [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Micah 6:6-8 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the [Read More...]

Godly links with contentment are great gain

“Responsible action must decide not simply between right and wrong, good and evil, but between right and right, wrong and wrong.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer I wish I’d read that Bonhoeffer sentence last week before babbling on for too long in this post trying to say the same thing. “I threw out the moneylenders for a [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Deuteronomy 24:17-21 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field [Read More...]

Bible stories: Shamgar

One of my favorite Bible stories is barely a story at all. It’s the story of Shamgar, the parenthetical hero of the book of Judges. Here, in its entirety, is the story of Shamgar: After him came Shamgar son of Anath, who killed six hundred of the Philistines with an ox-goad. He too delivered Israel. [Read More...]

The Nephilim fossil of upstate New York

I’m not trying to jump the gun on the upcoming Patheos book club on this book, but I wanted to share this anecdote from W. Scott Poole’s fascinating Monsters in America. It’s the story of what happens when someone discovers a mastodon tooth before anyone knew what a mastodon was: In 1705 a farmer discovered [Read More...]


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