Just As I Am

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I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences…But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. ~ Mark Darcy (to Bridget Jones) in Bridge … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Linda Midgett’s Disquieting Showdown with the “Proverbs 31 Woman”

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When Cathleen asked me to contribute to Disquiet Time, the new a collection of essays by “the Skeptical, the Faithful and a few Scoundrels," I didn’t think twice about saying “yes,” nor did I worry much about which category might best fit me.Cathleen and I have been friends since our roommate days in college, which was pre-email, pre-cell phone, and pre-Kim Kardashian.Yes, we are approximately ancient.Anyhoo... The assignment was to write about a passage of Scripture that troubles me. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Ina Albert on Changing Faces of Spirit

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            “Religion is an agreement between a group of people about what G-d is.Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship."~ Conscious Way MagazineIt was the 1960’s and I went to the right rather than to the left.Someone gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged and I swallowed it whole. Especially the part about altruism and religion being irrational and atheism being the only intellectual alternative.As a follower of Ayn Rand and Objectivism and a Republican-for-Goldwater, I rejected my … [Read more...]

DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

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I'm very excited to announce that next week (on Tuesday 10/21), my latest book, DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels hits bookstores everywhere.Let me tell you a bit about the book, which is quite different from anything I've done in the past. First of all, I didn't write the whole thing. Along with one of my best friends, Jennifer Grant, I acted as co-editor of the book and contributed two chapters to it as well. Jen and … [Read more...]

Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!

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Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!. … [Read more...]

The Poem That Inspired Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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Last week in a piece that ran in The Atlantic, I interviewed Noah director Darren Aronofsky about the spiritual message, import, and inspiration behind his epic reimagining of the ancient biblical story. You can read that interview in full HERE.During our conversation, Aronofsky talked about a prose-poem he'd written as a 13-year-old seventh grader in Brooklyn that was inspired by the Noah story and launched him on his career path as a writer. He recently discovered the actual poem in a box … [Read more...]

On Justin Bieber’s Annus Horribilis : My Interview with Joshua DuBois

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My friend Joshua DuBois writes a column for The Daily Beast. While I haven’t talked publicly about Justin in a long while (as I mentioned earlier I felt I had nothing helpful to say) I trust Joshua as a good man with the heart of a true pastor so I agreed. I’m pleased with the result, which you can read in its entirety HERE. But thought I’d also share the answers I sent him as a few were edited for length, etc.It’s Sunday. Let’s remember our little brother Justin and his family in prayer. … [Read more...]

On Justin Bieber’s Arrest in Miami Beach

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Thank God no one was hurt in the alleged drag-racing incident in Miami overnight that led to the pop star's arrest.  But Justin IS hurt. He's been injured in a way that's worse than what could have happened in a car wreck.I had hoped he'd avoid taking this path, the one far-more-traveled-by than the one he should have taken. He can change course, right the ship, and carry on paying it forward. But he's going to need help (divine and human). It's going to take time.And he's … [Read more...]

@PONTIFEXCELLENT: Noses & Kisses

At the end of Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square, Papa Frank embraced a man. He took the man's disfigured face in his hands, cradled it in his chest, kissed him, and blessed him.I'd imagine the man is not used to being embraced like that — not by strangers, maybe not even by family and friends.But the Pope is a lover and, as I've mentioned before, a hugger.A photo of the embrace went viral (as it should have): According to CNN:The man the Pope c … [Read more...]

@PONTIFEXCELLENT: Baby Noemi

In the General Audience at St. Peter's today, Papa Frank asked the 50,000 or so folks standing in the square for a solid:Pray for a baby named Noemi.Apparently the child, who he had met before the public audience and may even have been among those in the crowd, is gravely ill.Papa Frank said, in part (translated from the Italian but watch the video below where you can see how expressive and funny and warm he is):“And now, I will ask all of you for an act of charity. Don't worry, i … [Read more...]


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