John Oliver on the elections that really matter, and a quick guide for KS and MO voting.

If you think federal elections are important, you really need to pay attention to state elections.  States pass thousands more laws than our inert federal legislature (and the senate changing hands won’t change a thing).  Just listen to John Oliver break it down: So, if you’re voting tomorrow in Missouri or Kansas (the places closest [Read More…]

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Rebecca Hamilton: “Critics of Christianity don’t help those in need.”

Rebecca Hamilton has hit an all-time low, giving shark shit at the bottom of the ocean a run for its money in terms of lowness.  She did it in a post titled “The Difference is Jesus: Christian Medical Missions in India.” Christians, unlike their critics, build hospitals and schools, go on missions to help those in [Read More…]

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Guest post: fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Cory Johnston is a reader, podcaster, and mental health advocate who contacted me about doing a guest post here about a fundraiser he’s doing for the CMHA. ­­When I was around 9 years old, my mother spent some time away from home. I don’t remember anyone actually telling me why. What I do remember is [Read More…]

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Guest post: asexual awareness.

I came to know crystal back in my college days of blogging on Xanga, which must be closing in on ten years ago.  Jesus, time flies.  Anyway, she was an academic who, even then, I invited to guest blog on my site because her knowledge base was so vast.  Speaking in Minnesota three years ago [Read More…]

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American Humanist Association scores big legal win for atheists.

A district judge in Oregon has ruled that Secular Humanism can be considered a religion when deciding if Secular Humanist organizations should enjoy the same rights and privileges as churches: On Thursday, October 30, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty issued a ruling on American Humanist Association v. United States, a case that was brought by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness #2: Michaelyn and I performing at KC Oasis.

Yesterday I was both the musical and speaking guest at KC Oasis.  I performed three songs, the first of which was a cover of the Four Chord Song by Axis of Awesome.  One of the KC Oasis people recorded it, so if you want to hear us muddle through it, here it is. [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: carrot theft.

I’m back in the saddle after five days of traveling and speaking.  Today shall be the day of the guest post as I have three in my inbox ready to go. But before any of that, here’s a not-so-sneaky hamster securing a carrot: [Read more…]

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Objective and Subjective (yes, more on morality)

“Eucrossorhinus dasypogon kings garden” by Lakshmi Sawitri – 1228RajaAmpatS – 16 wobbegong – sleeping peacefully. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Reality has a number of bits that are seemingly mutually exclusive, however, are heavily related. “Relative” versus “Absolute” come to mind. [Read more…]

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So long, Mars Hill, and thanks for all the fish.

In the wake of Mark Driscoll’s resigning in shame, Mars Hill is about to dissolve its empire and let each of its churches go their separate ways: Marking its own Reformation Day of sorts, Mars Hill Church will dissolve Mark Driscoll’s multisite network and let each of its remaining 13 churches go their own way. [Read More…]

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It’s like law-breaking churches want to lose the tax-exempt status.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently sent out 84,000 letters reminding various churches, Christian and non-Christian, that the law forbids them from endorsing particular candidates and particular political action. We merely want houses of worship to follow the rules, stay out of partisan politics and keep their tax exemption. And when we [Read More…]

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Sixth North Carolina magistrate resigns rather than perform gay weddings.

Bill Stevenson makes the 6th magistrate in North Carolina who apparently got into the public servant gig to serve part of the public, not all of the public. “I prayed about it; I asked for wisdom. I think our hearts have been led away by the cares of the world, our desires, and ultimately, our intense [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: justice for breakfast.

Holy cow, I slept so much last night.  It was 27 degrees this morning and I was the first one bold enough to step away from the warmth of our blanket/pillow pile.  A few seconds later I hear Michaelyn shout from the bedroom, “Do you know what I crave for breakfast?” “Pumpkin pancakes?” “JUSTICE!” And [Read More…]

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An SSA student may have saved a guy’s life last night.

So last night was a bit of an adventure.  What do I have to do sitting here in the Oakland airport (apparently I’m taking the scenic route back to Kansas, ugh) than tell you about it? I was walking down the sidewalk with one of the SSA members at Boise State named Zane.  It was [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: my new best friend.

Hey friends.  The talk last night went really well, and then the group went to Dave & Buster’s afterward for some gaming fun.  I won the group a sheep with my gaming prowess as a reminder to never become sheep themselves.  God damn I’m profound. Anyway, I spent some time yesterday in the home of [Read More…]

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