Walter Wink on nationalism and the myth of redemptive violence

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Walter Wink, writing in 1992 in Engaging the Powers, with paragraphs just as relevant today: The myth of redemptive violence thus uses the traditions, rites, customs, and symbols of Christianity in order to enhance the power of a wealthy elite and the goals of the nation narrowly defined. It has no interest in compassion for […]

Weekend project: bookshelves!

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One of the challenges a significant reading habit provides is where to keep all your books. While nearly all my fiction and a portion of my non-fiction comes from (and goes back to) the public library, when it comes to theology I still end up buying a fair number of books. And since book sales […]

July 4, 2020

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America’s Independence Day seems a strange holiday to “celebrate” this year. Our country is in turmoil with racial protests in cities both large and small. Our government’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic has left our country first meriting the world’s scorn and eventually its pity. Our people are so polarized that even wearing a mask […]

2020 Reading – First Half recommendations

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July 1st means that we’re halfway through 2020 already… what a year. I looked back and realized I haven’t posted any reading compendiums yet this year. And to be honest, the reading has been a little slow. You’d think a work-from-home pandemic would mean more time for reading, but in reality it’s turned out to […]

We keep living anyway

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The chorus of this tune has resonated in my head a lot this week. Theodosia writes me a letter every dayI’m keeping her bed warm while her husband is awayHe’s on the British side in GeorgiaHe’s trying to keep the colonies in lineBut he can keep all of GeorgiaTheodosia, she’s mine Love doesn’t discriminateBetween the […]

Desperation

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How desperate am I for live sports? I’m watching NASCAR. And hard pressed to turn it off when they went into a rain delay. As Groucho Marx toasted the stuffy society lady in Animal Crackers: “A toast: to your charm, your beauty, and your brains. Which should give you a general idea of how hard […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: Also-Rans

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Culling my list down to 10 albums was a challenge. Here are a few also-rans that just didn’t quite make the cut: The Morning – Andrew OsengaThis one got a lot of play time from me, and I spent a lot of time playing its songs. Andy O’s solo stuff continues to be meaningful to […]

Kermit does Jazz?

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I’m playing keys for the church livestream this morning, which in the end results in me having a bunch of time to mess around with a keyboard between rehearsal and the stream itself. Put a few of us musicians together and you never know what you’re gonna get. So here’s the musical idea I came […]