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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The sleep walk never ends

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…]

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The dogs of war drop it on your lawn

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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Looking for the answer in Orion: More Mondegreenage

When we get to a relatively risk-free subject like mondegreens, we enjoy the chance to confess our confusions and to have them accepted with laughter, endearment and something like membership or belonging. It’s like a chance to dip our toes into that intimidating pool of self-revelation that someday we hope to be brave enough to plunge into completely. [Read more…]

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There’s a bathroom on the right: Mondegreens and the Bible

Mondegreens occur when both of those factors are present — both the acoustic fragility that provides the space for ambiguous interpretation of a song’s lyrics and the expectation or desire that makes the alternative interpretation preferable. [Read more…]

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