OotGOism: ‘Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it …’

Mychal Denzel Smith: “When your self-conception is centered on the idea of your own goodness, it prevents you from hearing any critique of your ideology/behavior. Thinking of yourself as ‘good’ allows you to justify harmful words and actions, since anything you do, in your mind, is ‘good.’ … We will have to create new selves.” [Read more…]

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The Revolution is just a T-shirt away

Voting isn’t supposed to be about “providing me with indulgence and satisfaction.” It’s not a self-affirming consumer choice or a narcissistic performance of moral superiority. It’s about taking responsibility, not avoiding it. Also: Record-setting heat sets stage for claims of global cooling; a personal testimony; and the breakfast of champions. [Read more…]

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We, Titus

This isn’t just the “Constantinian” thinking that Empire-criticism theologians constantly rail against. It’s worse than that. Ferguson’s premise isn’t just that imperial Christendom is a legitimate expression of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that this gospel is valuable only to the extent that it enables imperial Christendom. [Read more…]

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Rothko’s ‘War on Christmas’ (1950, oil on paper)

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‘Who gets a casserole?’

When hardship comes good neighbors often reach out to help. And often that means bringing over a casserole. That’s a tangible, practical gesture. And it’s a way of saying and showing that we’re here for you, and we want to help. But not everybody gets a casserole. Some people, it seems, are not perceived as being casserole-worthy. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (9.3)

Jon Corvino on why renegade Kentucky clerk is not a conscientious objector. Julie Ingersoll on David Barton and Reconstructionism/dominionism. Elias Isquith on Trump and white male anxiety. Derek Penwell on fundamentalism. And T. Christian Miller’s long, depressing investigation on why nobody’s using ViCAP. [Read more…]

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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…]

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Organ and tissue donation saves lives

“The pathologist and the technologist have been known to clasp hands over the body, even cross themselves or say a silent prayer before the first incision is made, especially if both have children. I have stood at that table and searched for the elusive cause of death to give a family grieving the greatest loss imaginable an answer to the question they must have an answer to. ‘Why me? Why my baby? Why???'” [Read more…]

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