March 21, 2019

[Oh look! There it was in real life! Too bad it’s out of print.] I saw on Twitter yesterday that all of LifeWay’s stores will be closing this year and that LifeWay will, like so many, be confined to a virtual existence. This news put me in mind of a sarcastic turn I took around Barnes and Noble almost five years ago. Isn’t it amazing that Barnes and Noble is still there? I even went in ours the other day… Read more

March 20, 2019

Well, here I am, late as usual, casting my weak-minded net around the internet, like Satan, looking for some trifling news to devour. In a stroke of providence, nothing too terrible seems to have happened during the night, other than regular ongoing violence around the world, and disease, and taxes. So I’m left with the vapid, shallow, warm tepid pool of Ladders.com where this morning I discovered what three things Oprah says at the beginning of every meeting. I’m not… Read more

March 19, 2019

Is it Tuesday already? To wake yourself you might enjoy this. So there you are, on the precipice of marriage, picking up your fiancé’s laundry off the floor of your apartment because it was cheaper to move in together a year ago to save money for the Big Day, irritated that he is already happy for you to do most of the cleaning and cooking, and then you get a call from work that you have to go to some… Read more

March 18, 2019

Good morning, for those of you who like that sort of thing. We are not in tip top form today and so we are posting an old podcast that you have likely heard already, but if you haven’t, here it is. I think it’s the one where we lay into the royal wedding sermon of last year or whenever that was. Hopefully next week I will be able to talk and so will Matt. I do have one or two… Read more

March 17, 2019

The Sundays in Lent don’t really count as Lent, which is a good thing because, as you know, today is the important cultural feast of St. Patrick. In America it is a good day, as I’ve learned but still don’t quite understand, for a parade—with drinks. Binghamton had its parade some three weeks ago. The big bands of New York City practice by doing the parades of all the smaller towns up and down New York and probably even Pennsylvania… Read more

March 15, 2019

Here is a blustery Friday if ever there was one. One Woke up to the news of the horrific shootings in Christ Church. Read this which immediately put it in perspective. Praying for them all today. Two Also discovered that I was wrong about the nationality of the person I posted about on Tuesday. He was not Kenyan—he was Nigerian-Canadian and was on his way to visit Kenya. Praying for his family too, and everyone who lost someone on that… Read more

March 14, 2019

[Jesus excited to see you’re considering accepting literally anyone’s forgiveness.] Thursday Thoughts Ya’ll. It’s the perfect moment for me to sing a lyrical song of thanksgiving for that ancient grace of Apologizing For Who You Are. Rachael Hollis says, “Stop apologizing for who you are,” (you can google it) and I say, ‘Don’t knock the personal apology, even the one for just being who you are.’ Truly I spend most of my life apologizing. It’s one of the few things… Read more

March 13, 2019

This is an interesting piece—basically about how we should, as Christians, be doubling down on the theological weight of Sabbath Rest, not excusing ourselves from this central building block of God’s perfect plan for humanity with worries about legalism. We’re all making bricks, he said, for other people, and it wouldn’t be a terrible thing to stop and rest awhile. It’s the second time I’ve heard the expression “Big Eva.” Which is not an unkind name for the nice lady… Read more

March 12, 2019

This is a rather horrifying, though fascinating piece. I’m not very good about numbers and all that sort of thing. So even with the chart I am taking their word for it that the Boeing 737 is a bad airplane to climb onto. I’m glad so many companies are taking the problem seriously enough to ground flights while they figure out what’s going wrong. The flight was headed into Nairobi, and my mother sent me this Facebook post of a… Read more

March 11, 2019

Good Morning, all you who are awake even after losing an hour of that precious commodity—sleep. We struggled into the light and did a complaining podcast about how propaganda ruins art, regardless of whether  you are an anxious Christian, an anxious social justice warrior, or an anxious person of any kind. The best art is, to use a tired word, Real. That’s what we said to each other. We also include ten minutes of the usual Doom at the end…. Read more

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