Strange Planet

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One of my favorite discoveries as of late has been the new webcomic Strange Planet. Apparently only published via Instagram, artist Nathan W. Pyle explores mundane human activities through the lens of aliens. It’s delightful and odd. A characteristic example: I don’t know how long Mr. Pyle can sustain this pace and level of observation, […]

Democracy for Republicans

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There’s a really good essay by Jacob T. Levy (Professor of Political Theory at McGill University) over at the Niskanen Center today in which he argues that the Republican Party needs to renew its commitment to democracy. “One sign of seriousness” of a post-Trump Republican Party, says Levy, “would be a commitment to building a […]

What systemic repentance might look like for the Evangelical church

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There are a few big stories rattling around the American evangelical church community lately that I see as being related. I’m not sure that there’s a single root cause, but there are some common symptoms and conditions that contribute to them all. There have been barrels of ink used to write on these issues already. […]

My 2018 Reading in Review

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Time for a quick recap of my 2018 reading. I’ve done several reading posts through the year so this can just be a summary. Thanks to Goodreads I can report I read 71 books in 2018. 33 of those were fiction, the remaining 38 were mostly history and theology, with a few biographies thrown in. […]

Fans with Bands

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I went down a little bit of a YouTube rat hole the other day watching a playlist full of videos where musician fans of big artists get pulled up on stage to play with the band. It started here: Recently I decided my favorite YouTube genre is “teenagers getting pulled on stage to perform with […]

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

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Having read very few black theologians over my past couple decades of reading theology, it was far past time for me to get to the late Dr. James H. Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Dr. Cone, a longtime proponent of black liberation theology, makes a forceful case for the parallel between the cross […]

Making the rounds…

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I’ve been playing music in church since high school and as a member of worship bands at least since college, and have played most all the instruments on the team save for electric guitar, but yesterday was a new one for me: I’ve never had this view before for a full worship service. The worship […]

For All The Saints

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This great hymn was sung at the end of President George H. W. Bush’s funeral this morning. Written by Anglican priest William Walsham How in 1864, I’m always drawn to how it gets the sentiments of a Christian funeral so right. (The typical hymn tune setting SINE NOMINE by Ralph Vaughan Williams doesn’t hurt anything, […]

Of disappointment and unexpected footwear

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A week ago I ordered some foam replacement earbud covers from Amazon. Friday the package showed up. It did not contain foam replacement earbud covers. Instead, it contained this pair of handsome Spider-Man socks, even in my size! After a brief consultation with Amazon customer service, my order was refunded and they’re letting me keep […]

The Emperor and the Empty Tomb

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A fascinating and engaging essay from the LA Review of Books (HT: Matthew Loftus): When Wilhelm Froehner died in 1925, at the house on the Rue Casimir-Périer where he had lived since the reign of Napoleon III, he left behind among his possessions a curious inscription that might be the oldest surviving artifact of Christianity. […]