‘Ed Dobson loved homosexuals’

Ed Dobson

Ed Dobson was a lieutenant in Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and helped to create the religious right. The Michigan pastor also worked with ACT UP to find ways that his fundamentalist mega-church could help people suffering from AIDS. [Read more...]

Brother Paul and the Ship of Miracles: Good stories


“The Meredith was designed to haul cargo and only had accommodations for 12 passengers and a 47-person crew. On the afternoon of Dec. 22, in gale force winds and swirling snow, the crew began to load the refugees into the cargo holds using makeshift booms and gangplanks. … It took nearly 24 hours, but the crew somehow managed to fit 14,000 refugees within the ship’s five cargo holds.” [Read more...]

Abd el-Kader and Syrian refugees

Abd el-Kader, photographed in Damascus, 1860.

With the rejection of Syrian refugees becoming an ugly political issue for Republican presidential candidates, and with those same candidates campaigning in and around Elkader, Iowa, it seems like a good time to revisit the story of the man that city is named after. This story has something to teach all of us about protecting and sheltering refugees. It’s something those candidates desperately need to learn. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.29)

Smart thoughts from Richard Beck, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Marilynne Robinson, and Mikey Dickerson. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.6)


“The commandments — ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”,’ and any other commandment — 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...]

New Horizons


We live in a world of boundaries that seem as inconceivably vast as the distances of the solar system. We have rules and roles and they stunt our imaginations, turning us into small people with small thoughts about a small God. Pentecost blows away those rules and roles and boundaries. [Read more...]

It’s a Marvel comic book, Saturday matinee fairy tale, boy


Some Monday morning linkage, including: Why the burning of a black church isn’t “news;” Canadian indie-rock vs. giant robots; white riots, creationists, and a story about some whip-smart Kenyan kids that will make you smile. [Read more...]

The ivy taps on the window pane


A few things, including: Nicolae Carpathia plays a role in Iowa’s Senate race. The death of a master craftsman. Eshet chayil: Saba Ahmed speaks out, Teresa Fitzgerald reaches out. Infant baptism on the rise in the SBC. Jody Williams double-dog dares you. Thus, Calvinism. [Read more...]