Dig this

Since I’m not yet sure that I can recommend the new USA Network show “Dig,” let me instead recommend three alternatives — a book, a TV series, and an album — that are all kinda sorta related. [Read more…]

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The praying hands prey with deliberate cunning

Some Thursday night linkage, including: Glenn Beck is worried about the Black Problem; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby; the hidden curriculum of housekeeping wages; the ghosts of the Satanic panic; and G-L-O-R-I-A in excelsis at the Vatican. [Read more…]

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Learn how to use my hands, not just my head

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…]

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‘God only knows how much blood it will take’

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…]

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Still surprised to catch you every time

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…]

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

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…]

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Darn Darn Floor Bad Bite: Happy Birthday Koko

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…]

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I am always praying through my vanities

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…]

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