September 19, 2019

Jesus, reading Twitter during the night. I was going to do Three Things on Thursday, but the internet yesterday (and during the night) turned out to be my Dream Come True. There are so many things, I just can’t pass by on the other side of the road without noting them with relish and delight. The First Thing The wondrously clueless people over at Union Seminary, like sheep wandering around banging into each, unable to hear the voice of any… Read more

September 18, 2019

Following up on yesterday, I thought I would provide for myself, but really for you, three ways to stop being Janet from The Good Place. The first step, on the road to recovery, is to realize you have a problem. The second step is to do something about it. One: Stop Dressing Like a Flight Attendant I mean, I know, your flight attendant look is the thing that everybody loves most about you. Not only are the clothes comfortable and appropriate,… Read more

September 17, 2019

Well, after an initially underwhelming impression of The Good Place, I must say that I have changed my mind and am enjoying it very much. The stiff acting seems to be a feature, not a bug, and as the plot twists and turns, the actors are getting a lot more, well, human. The character I love best, though (and I’m going to try not to do spoilers, and hope that commenters won’t either, because I’m only in the middle of… Read more

September 16, 2019

Good Moaning. It is gray and spitting rain here in fair Bing. We’ve done up a podcast about the phenomena of being in pain–both culturally and individually–and how you should handle the pain of your children, and the pain of other people, and even your own pain. We also wonder about the origin of Friday the 13th being scary, and we wind up with a special reading from the Passion Bible. We have a good time, so I’m sure you… Read more

September 15, 2019

I was recently arrested by the line that is so often repeated through the gospels, “This  man receives sinners and eats with them.” This morning you can hear it read in church, if you go to an Anglican one, but I had it reverberate through my mind a few weeks ago, in the days surrounding all the news about Jeffrey Epstein. Mr. Epstein was in jail awaiting trial, there had been that first “suicide attempt,” and in Bible Study, Matt… Read more

September 13, 2019

One Discovered just now, by scrolling through the internet, that today is a trifecta of scariness. It is a Friday.* It is the 13th of the month. And it is a full moon. Line up your freak-out gifs!!! And right on cue, as of first importance, I have been delivered a long screed against Christians having anything to do with Halloween. It’s going to be epic this year. I am gathering entries for our annual extra-super-special Halloween Podcast, so send them… Read more

September 12, 2019

Me trying to read literally anything. And boy does she have a lot of teeth. Well, this is an absolutely brilliant book review. I clicked on it because I’m halfway through The Innocent Anthropologist Abroad, which I stole from my parents a while ago, but then left sitting next to my bed in that guilty pile-up of books you plan to have read yesterday. Nigel Barley, on the book cover, is said to do “for anthropology what Gerald Durrell did… Read more

September 11, 2019

I woke up to see Remember 9/11 trending on Twitter and was sure I had said something about it some years ago, and sure enough, I had. And really, what I said here, I think more than ever. I feel that I was practically prophetic. So, because I am sure you don’t remember at all, here it is again–just like all remembering, the first step is to repeat over to yourself what you said and thought and felt, going constantly… Read more

September 10, 2019

Here is something depressing to mull over for the week. A psychologist of one kind or another has coined the term Religious Trauma Syndrome. In an interview, she explains: Religious trauma syndrome (RTS) is a set of symptoms and characteristics that tend to go together and which are related to harmful experiences with religion. They are the result of two things: immersion in a controlling religion and the secondary impact of leaving a religious group. The RTS label provides a… Read more

September 9, 2019

Awfully late posting today on account of one of those horrid annual doctor visits that, in their ritual regularity, leave one shattered and unhappy about being alive. Anway, we did do a podcast about how conflict and division works itself out in the church, and why Jesus would want you to go directly to the person you’re upset with, even though you are sure he would never want you to actually do that. I feel like it’s a good one,… Read more

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