Help of the helpless

Help of the helpless August 2, 2012

NBC apparently opted not to include the hymn above in their coverage of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, so here’s a lovely rendition by Alison Krauss. I also like the version in the movie 28 Days Later, which will do until such time as Sinead O’Connor performs this song. And this Gospel arrangement by the James Herndon Singers is old-timey, but still pretty awesome.

But “Abide With Me” is not my favorite hymn. My favorite is probably “Faith’s Review and Expectation” (which probably is almost everyone’s favorite).

Roger Williams remains a powerful reminder that to be deeply religious is not, or at least should not, be synonymous with the need to hang our faith commitments on the walls of our communal, and pluralistic, public square.”

“When the Promise Keepers, a male evangelical group, came to town years ago, business was rollicking.” (via)

Changing douche culture starts with you!

“While [The Liar Tony] Perkins’ extremism has largely flown below the media’s radar, Boykin’s style is in-your-face intolerance.”

“[Michele] Bachmann’s concept of Christian love brims with hate, and she has a deep satchel of stones to throw. From what kind of messiah did she learn that?”

It doesn’t make you a better, more loving, more righteous person to pretend you’re living in the 18th century while you take advantage of the antibiotics, airplanes, computers, and air conditioning that comes from the scientific progress of the 20th and 21st.”

“So no, I don’t find the lack of narrative at points to be any argument against narrative theology.”

“I watched the ‘decline’ of EcuP and the rise of EvaP, ‘puffed’ by American media, as Hearst puffed Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade.”

“Even as we go to the grave still we make our song alleluia.”

Heretics are engaged in midwifery.”

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