Learn how to use my hands, not just my head

HammerNail

I’m just saying that if you’re a Big Box hardware chain and you’re playing a 4-hour loop of music in your stores that includes two Indigo Girls songs, then one of those songs really ought to be “Hammer and Nail.” That’s all. I mean, duh. [Read more...]

‘God only knows how much blood it will take’

Kalhoun

This is a 1991 song about American bombs falling on Iraq. The bombing did not stop with the end of the first Gulf War. It continued, steadily, for more than a decade, right on through to the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, starting a second war that continues to this day. I was 23 years old when this song was recorded. My country has been bombing Iraq for more than half my life, and I am no longer a young man. [Read more...]

Still surprised to catch you every time

a3oto

It’s Sunday and I am tired. They play music while we go forward to dip bread in wine and be offered our taste of grace. This song, I think, would be more appropriate than most. [Read more...]

Who Would Jesus Sue? This week in weird religious copyright trolling

IHS

Who Would Jesus Sue? We saw a couple of suggested answers to that question this week is a pair of high-profile copyright cases pursued by some of my fellow Christians. [Read more...]

Darn Darn Floor Bad Bite: Happy Birthday Koko

a24ch

Our cousin Koko is fascinating in part because of her way with words. When she was just a teenager, she begged for a kitten for her birthday, naming her first pet “All Ball,” which was a brilliantly apt name for a kitten. She didn’t know the sign for a ring, but she knew “bracelet” and she knew “finger,” so Koko began to call rings “finger bracelets.” And when shown a video of an earthquake, Koko described what she saw as best she could: “Darn darn floor bad bite. Trouble trouble.” [Read more...]

I am always praying through my vanities

Whoa

A few things, including: Commencement commences; Molly Worthen on the incredible shrinking Southern Baptist Convention; Christianity Today and gender disparity; everybody’s got a black cousin; Limax maximus porn; new study confirms an old trick; an atheist Advent hymn. [Read more...]

The sleep walk never ends

Ann B. Davis (1926-2014)

A few things, including: Sunday school malpractice; Alice’s hippie Jesus; an unfortunate billboard; Ararat and Olympus Mons; James Dobson’s “freedom to worship;” and poor Wayne, still in handcuffs after 30 years. [Read more...]

The dogs of war drop it on your lawn

Incredible

Some videos for your Saturday morning: A surprisingly apropos old tune from Daniel Amos, trailers for a couple of documentaries on the good work being done by members of the National Religious Broadcasters, “Dark Dungeons” will be a feature film (if, sadly, not a musical), and three strangers meet, improvise a song, and then go on about their separate business. [Read more...]


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