I’ve taken a job at FiveThirtyEight!

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I'm pleased to announce that I've started working this week at FiveThirtyEight.  I'm a news writer, so most of my pieces will be shorter, news cycle-driven pieces on data angles in the stories of the day.  I like to read "data" a little broadly, so I'm as excited to write about choices of methodology as I am to take a crack at a big dataset myself.My first piece as a staffer went up yesterday, and I've got a couple of links for you all to pieces I wrote earlier for the site.  I'll still be bl … [Read more...]

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Even a Small Saint is an Urgent Need [Saints Bookclub]

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In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along. In this week's chapter, Ronald Knox sets up St. Edward the Confessor as a bulwark against our longing for fame, and, indeed, I had never heard of him before turning to his chapter.  He was anonymous to … [Read more...]

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Learning Fellowship from Mary

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Before I picked up Denise Bossert's Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth, I had run into a very short meditation on Mary's visit to Elizabeth on a friend's tumblr. the first christian and the first person to make a declaration of christian faiththe visitation is so important. 2 pregnant women, caring for each other, prophesying, acting radically on their faith in god’s power and intention to lift up the lowly, knowing their sons will do incredible thi … [Read more...]

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Preparing for Holy Week [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm.  I'll update this post when the episode is available to download and stream.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and (this week) failed Lenten penances that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking about this week.    Lent - Offering God Whatever's Hardest  I wrote an ess … [Read more...]

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7QT: Matched! (Donations, Fiancé(e)s, and Symmetries)

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--- 1 --- Here's a heads up -- the women who write at A Queer Calling are running a GoFundMe to raise money to train a service dog for Sarah (who has fast-progressing Meniere's Disease).  I think some of you read their writings on hospitality, affection, vocation etc, so you may want to help them out.I gave to their fundraiser and then matched the donation with one to Against Malaria -- GiveWell's top ranked charity, so that the need of people I already know and care for can be a spur to gi … [Read more...]

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Some Tools for Failing to Live Perfectly Well

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Richard Beck of Experimental Theology had an interesting post up recently about purity and anxiety in progressive Christian circles.  I've excerpted it below:  [T]his "will to purity" doesn't just manifest in protecting sacred beliefs, it manifests in behavior as well. Both evangelical and progressive Christians doggedly pursue a vision ofmoral purity.For evangelical Christians moral purity will fixate on hedonism (e.g., sex, drug use).For progressive Christians moral purity will fixate on comp … [Read more...]

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How Do We Talk About Heaven and Sin? [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm  The episode is now available to download and stream.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and (this week) adorable experiments that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking about this week.  "Deny the Cat and Refuse Thy Nature..."  From G.K. Chesterton's Ort … [Read more...]

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