The Late Great Planet Earth

The major source of hesitation was still the worry that such other causes — whatever their merits — might distract from the paramount priority of proclaiming the gospel. That was Job No. 1, after all. Jesus commanded us to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” not to go ye unto all the world and recycle. Go ahead and worry about saving the ozone layer, but only if it doesn’t distract you from the higher priority duty of saving sinners. [Read more…]

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A Death Bet Is Morally Repugnant. So Is a ‘Rapture’ Bet.

Ask these Rapture-Christians about climate change and they’ll assure you there’s no need to worry about famine and flood in 2050, because they’re “certain” that Jesus is coming back before then. Ask them about their teenage child’s plans to major in art history or theater arts and they’ll give you a very different outlook. [Read more…]

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I can’t forget the glamour

Today is the centennial of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, and thus a day worth celebrating. Also: The Temple of Knowledge; the trash-can-as-trash problem; literal navel-gazing with creationists; and Orrin Hatch refers to Native Americans as “far-left special interests.” [Read more…]

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I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly

Michele Bachmann still treats “Left Behind” as a how-to manual for politics. White Christians in Alabama are fine with disenfranchising black voters, but not with extramarital affairs. “I’m going to rewrite the ‘Pina Colada Song’ as a Palm Sunday story,” somebody thought, and did. And Billy Sunday wasn’t much of a hitter, but he once stole 82 bases in a single season. [Read more…]

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And I dreamed I was dying

Another manufactured-housing community, another irresponsible landlord, another 49 families facing eviction and displacement. Same story, different day. Plus: Garry Wills on evangelicalism; the chemistry of Trump’s America; alt-right Warnkes go after Guy Fieri; and A.Q. Smith does a pretty good Ron Sider impression. [Read more…]

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I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered

Wherein I’m not confident that the makers of “Kong: Skull Island” really understand the dynamics of ecology, evolution, or island biogeography. And speaking of insular dwarfism, here are some recent stories about the strange priorities and disastrous economic effects of anti-immigrant Trumpism. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (3.2.17)

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments … are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more…]

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Send up a signal and I’ll throw you the line

Charisma’s senior editor asks: “Is Hillary Clinton the Antichrist or an Illuminati Witch?” They report, you decide. Plus: Emails!1!; offshore wind for America; the Nephilim of Afghanistan; and Phyllis Schlafly celebrates living long enough to realize how awful her children have turned out to be. [Read more…]

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