Looking for the answer in Orion: More Mondegreenage

OldYoung

When we get to a relatively risk-free subject like mondegreens, we enjoy the chance to confess our confusions and to have them accepted with laughter, endearment and something like membership or belonging. It’s like a chance to dip our toes into that intimidating pool of self-revelation that someday we hope to be brave enough to plunge into completely. [Read more...]

There’s a bathroom on the right: Mondegreens and the Bible

The girl with colitis goes by ...

Mondegreens occur when both of those factors are present — both the acoustic fragility that provides the space for ambiguous interpretation of a song’s lyrics and the expectation or desire that makes the alternative interpretation preferable. [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ — live webchat today at noon

GGC

Matthew Vines is speaking truth to power and so, naturally, tribal gatekeepers are responding by speaking power to truth. You may remember Vines from a viral video posted to YouTube in 2012. That video has been viewed more than 700,000 times — which is astonishing when you realize that, unlike most viral videos, it’s more than an hour long and consists entirely of a lecture on biblical exegesis. Yes, that’s right, Matthew Vines made substance go viral. [Read more...]

There are more clobber texts about Canaanites than there are about gays

Canaanite

“You shall annihilate them, the Canaanites, just as the Lord your God has commanded.” Jesus seems to have ignored that clobber text when he dealt with Canaanites. [Read more...]

Good Friday and Western Civ. 101

fish

The frustrating thing here in Luke is that we’re told Jesus had a longer explanation, and that he shared this with his disciples. “He interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Might have been nice if, you know, someone had written that down. [Read more...]

Matthew 18 abuse needs to stop

"'Let such a one be to you as a Gentile and as a tax collector ...' WTF?"

Matthew 18 has become a refuge for scoundrels. Yes, Jesus taught us to forgive one another — not seven times, or 70 times, but 70 times seven times. But that does not mean that if you steal from me 77 times you’re entitled to recoil in holy offense when I call you a thief. That does not mean I can punch you in the face 489 times and then pretend I’m more righteous than you are because you demand that I stop. [Read more...]

Pay attention to how people describe the Bible

IsaiahScroll

If you want to understand the ongoing “battle for the Bible,” then you need to understand this: The words people use to describe the Bible are often the clearest indication of how those people think of themselves. Listen carefully to the adjectives they use and the attributes they ascribe to the Bible. These are often words that the speaker longs to be associated with. [Read more...]

White evangelicals getting ready to rewrite the Bible. Again.

happy-meal

It has happened before and, as Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux shows, it is happening again. History will, again, be rewritten. The Bible will, again, be rewritten. So write yourself a note and seal it in a time capsule. Remember. [Read more...]


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