Smart people saying smart things (8.10)

AricClark

Leslie Callahan on what Christians should be boycotting; a modest suggestion from Valerie Tarico; Samantha Pugsley on waiting and true love; Rebecca Gordon on torture; and the Gungors correctly predict the gatekeepers’ response. [Read more...]

‘Persecution’: Waiting for war or the end of the world

awtvb

Alan Noble: “The problem is that for most of U.S. history, Christians haven’t been persecuted — at least not in comparison to early believers or even what Christians in places like Iraq face today. So, the question for American Christians is what to make of the Bible’s warning that we will be persecuted. For many evangelicals, the lack of very public and dramatic persecution could be interpreted as a sign that they just aren’t faithful enough: If they were persecuted, they could be confident they are saved.” [Read more...]

Paint the grace you’re given

ByBuzz

The Sunday afternoon links have landed, including: Furry, cotton-tailed Marxists; why biblical genealogies aren’t as boring as they seem; a Klosely-held Kristian Korporation seeks its religious liberty; you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry; plus a bit of the old houghmagandy. [Read more...]

Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

Executing prisoners is a vital expression of religious liberty, Kishon style.

When you’re trying to paint your political opponents as evil baby-killers, it doesn’t work to accuse them of secretly believing in fertility gods. Molech is the Canaanite god you need to invoke here. When you’re accusing the baby-killers of killing babies to honor their false god of baby-killing, you should always use Molech. Robert Knight should know this by now. [Read more...]

A case of the collywobbles

Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Colony lead Mary Dyer to a public "prayer opportunity" on Boston Common.

“Somebody got the collywobbles,” Blake Kirk said. Savor the perfection of that. That’s the precisely necessary word — perfect in its denotation, connotation and implication, and perfect in its tone. That doesn’t happen every day. [Read more...]

Heterosexual marriage still unthreatened in all 50 states

MarriageMap22

No-fault divorce laws did not mandate that Catholic priests had to start sanctifying remarriages. The repeal of Prohibition did not mean that Southern Baptists had to start drinking. Marriage equality does not ask or require anything of Catholics and Southern Baptists either. Their insistence on pretending that somehow it does is, at a very basic level, just weird. [Read more...]

Forget about those kids, real, true Christians are the real victims here

Persecuted

This story is several months old, but it’s worth revisiting, I think, because it illustrates part of the mentality that led to the whole recent Leadership Journal debacle. When you’re busily trying to pretend that you’re persecuted and victimized for your righteousness, you’re never going to be able to see, let alone care about, actual victims. [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...]


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