November 28, 2019

In Sunday school, we learned the story of Josiah — the boy king who rediscovered the lost scriptures and was therefore blessed by God. But the actual story in the actual Bible is a lot stranger than that. Read more

November 26, 2019

We went to see Maria Bamford here in Philly on Monday night. Bamford’s comedy is hard to describe but even harder to resist. If you get a chance to see her live, take it. Read more

November 25, 2019

Three mostly unrelated items that I guess could all be grouped under reading the signs of the times. Read more

November 22, 2019

“God doesn’t need to be present for that sort of religious experience. I’m not sure that sort of religious experience even allows room for God.” Read more

November 20, 2019

An Arizona jury does the right thing, acquitting Scott Warren of the “crime” of providing food and shelter for migrants crossing the desert. Read more

November 18, 2019

Stephen Miller needs to be fired yesterday. This is now a partisan issue, but it is not only a partisan issue. Read more

November 15, 2019

The impression one gets from Tribulation Force is that the “Great Tribulation” itself will be relentlessly dull — seven years of phone calls and meetings with the Human Resources department. Not a bang but a whimper. Read more

November 12, 2019

Did Wernher von Braun become an evangelical Christian after he stopped being a Nazi? (And did he ever stop being a Nazi?) Read more

November 11, 2019

Taking a clickbait Bible quiz to prove that you know more than “most Christians” is bad for your soul and bad for the internet. Also: Satanic baby-killers! and the utter wrongness of Sam Alito. Read more

November 9, 2019

• Back when the “YouVersion” Bible app was first released in 2013, I mentioned that the name was an obstacle for me: “YouVersion” just calls to mind that awful “Personal Promise Bible” and the mentality that produced it. If you’re looking for a YouVersion, you’re doing it wrong. The name reminded me of the white evangelical thing where we teach kids to replace “the world” in John 3:16 with their own name: “For God so loved [Your Name Here] that he… Read more

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