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June 11, 2012
Growing Up in the 70s: Cipher in the Snow
My friend Jim and I are going to see Rush in concert in September. That's...
June 07, 2012
Bringing Minnesota and Texas Together
As you may recall, the marriage of Tony and Courtney united the two states on...
June 02, 2012
Gov. Mark Dayton Vetoed Kids
A powerful Op Ed in the Strib reiterates what I've been writing here about the...
June 01, 2012
It’s Not Easy Being a Pro-Gay Black Church
As Rose French reports in the StarTribune, the only black congregation that is officially "open...
May 31, 2012
I'll admit, a couple neighbors gave me odd looks. Not because I tore up a...
April 13, 2012
Custody Laws: Our Government in (In)Action
Last month, I testified in front of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee of the...
April 10, 2012
My Black Brother
That headline is not metaphorical. My parents, in their retirement, have taken in a young...
March 09, 2012
Ground Rules for Debating Same Sex Marriage
A Minnesotan and pastor's kid offers these ground rules for my fellow citizens as we...
March 06, 2012
So, I made an off-handed remark last week about Minnesota having the best microbrew community...
March 02, 2012
Fighting Misogyny in Rap Music
The Twin Cities, proudly my home, is currently going through a renaissance, especially on two...
February 15, 2012
Warming to Chicago
If you grew up in Minnesota (or Wisconsin, or the Dakotas), you were taught that...
January 18, 2012
What Votes Do You Regret?
There are a few votes that I've cast in my life that I regret --...
January 04, 2012
With Pawlenty gone, and Bachmann (reportedly) leaving the race today, yet two more Minnesota...
December 30, 2011
Should Churches Be Able to Build Anywhere?
According to a federal law passed in 2000, the answer is basically yes. To wit,...
December 16, 2011
I’m Against Gambling
It may come as a surprise to some readers who think me a libertine, that...
December 13, 2011
Legalize Abortion…And the Rate Goes Down
Here in Minnesota, the Department of Health recently reported that in 2010, we had the...
December 10, 2011
Best Pheasant Recipe
I've got the above hanging in my garage, the result of a successful hunt last...
November 19, 2011
This infographic map makes me extraordinarily happy and proud. HT: Andrew Sullivan Full infographic at...
September 12, 2011
The Funny Thing about Michele Bachmann and Jonathan
As reported by Eric Black at MinnPost, Michele Bachmann recently used a speech to make...
September 08, 2011
The Best Internet Radio for Kids
If you're like me, you'd like to listen to radio when the kids are in...
September 05, 2011
Anti-Gay-Marriage Booth Glitter Bombed
Yesterday, at the Minnesota State Fair to appear on Doug Pagitt Radio, Doug, John "the...
July 25, 2011
Iowa Needs to Get Over Itself
Well, it seems that Michele Bachmann has added another flub to her long list of...
July 22, 2011
Is Jesus Your “Political Hero”?
Echoing W, who famously called Jesus his favorite philosopher, Tim Pawlenty yesterday called Jesus his...
July 20, 2011
Will Rick Run?
My fellow Minnesotans, Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Bachmann, are keenly interested in the question about...
July 08, 2011
Rejected Anti-Gay Ad
David Brauer reports that the Minneapolis StarTribune has rejected an ad placed by the Presbyterian...
June 18, 2011
Getting Your Hands Dirty
It's a crummy weekend here in Minnesota. Overcast and humid, one feels as though one...
May 23, 2011
On Opening the Cabin
As I hinted last week, I'm tapering off on blogging for the next week or...
May 16, 2011
Eat Your Heart Out, Jay Bakker — Minneapolis Is Hipper
Minneapolis is the hippest place in America, outpacing Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NYC. So...
May 13, 2011
An Open Letter to My State Senator and Representative
Dear State Senator Geoff Michel and Representative Pat Mazorol, Your party's move to put to...
March 03, 2011
Why We Should All Know CPR
Probably, you were trained in CPR at some point in your life. For me, it...
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