If ‘The Wire’ Had a Sixth Season

If this image doesn't haunt you, you didn't watch The Wire.

At Slacktivist, Fred imagines what institution David Simon would have turned his unflinchingly honest eye on if the greatest television series in history would have continued to a sixth season. That institution: The Church.

I’m both relieved and disappointed that the show did not continue for a sixth season. That left another key institution spared from this same harsh examination. I’m thinking of the church — a powerful, visible, historically important institution in Baltimore and other great American cities.

I’m relieved that the church was never the central focus of a season of The Wire because it’s an institution that’s dear to me and one in which I have a personal stake. Season 5 was painful for me to watch as I was, at the time, working in the newsroom of a daily newspaper. The show’s portrayal of the press as impotent, incompetent and self-destructive was withering. It was cruelly precise and uncomfortably true-to-life. It was painful to see on the screen a distillation of the same wretched reality I was watching unfold slowly in real life — to see this once-great institution to which I was committed being exposed and examined in such an unforgivingly truthful light.

So part of me is grateful that another once-great institution to which I am committed — the church — escaped such a treatment.

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Nine Hours of Bach for 99 Cents

This week’s find on Amazon: A massive collection of Bach, lowered to $.99 in honor of his birthday last week. It includes some great Lenten listening, like the B Minor Mass.

Get it before they raise the price.

Follow the Way of the Cross During Lent

Here’s a great online site for making the Stations of the Cross online. Read the intro then click through the numbers in the banner.

The Way of the Cross and Resurrection

This is Jesus’ way.

You are invited – that it may become your own way.

If you stop and look, you may find you have been on this pilgrimage as well. Have you ever been condemned by another? Have you ever fallen? Has your life had difficulties? When you thought you couldn’t make it, did someone appear to help?

Have you had times of emotional agony? Were there times when everything seemed as if it were ending, yet after a while, much to your surprise, you found a new life on the other side?

Lent is a time to stop. And remember.

Follow the Journey HERE.

Restore the “Vagina”!

Yes, you can buy this shirt by clicking on it.

Loyal readers will know that my friend, Rachel Held Evans, has been pressured by her Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, to remove the word “vagina” from her forthcoming book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master. The publisher, it seems, fears that Christian bookstore will not stock the book if it contains that word.

The problems with this are too numerous to enumerate. Among them:

  1. Many Christian (read, conservative evangelical) bookstores won’t stock her book anyway, because they’ll consider it “feminist.”
  2. Even if they do, they won’t sell many copies.
  3. Wait, there are still Christian bookstores?
  4. Wait, there are still bookstores?

I could go on. But there are lots of other GREAT reasons for Thomas Nelson to reconsider this decision, and they’re being posted on an Amazon petition. Like the fact that “vagina” is the least offensive term for that body part, and that speaking about the sexual organs euphemistically (“private parts”) leads to more patriarchy and more misogyny — not to mention is exacerbates evangelical fear of human sexuality.

So, do Rachel a favor and sign the petition. You can also leave a comment on Michael Hyatt’s blog. He’s the chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson.

UPDATE from Rachel here.