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Independence and Freedom

Happy America Day! July 4th, the day we celebrate our independence from those rotten English types. It’s the perfect day to work your way through the Mel Gibson trilogy of anti-England movies: Gallipoli (all Aussies should hate England), Braveheart (all Scots and everyone else in the U.K. should hate England), and The Patriot (all Americans […]

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Gay Marriage: The Law of the Land

I confess, I’m a little surprised. The Supreme Court actually issued a ruling dealing with the substance of the question. It didn’t appeal to technicalities or procedural issues. The Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with the civil side of this issue on my blog. […]

#CharlestonSyllabus

In the wake of the Charleston attack, there has been a fantastic collaborative compiling of resources pouring out over Twitter. Follow the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag for a rich feast of resources to get up to speed on the racist legacy that still haunts our hearts and our country. #charlestonsyllabus Tweets Please share the love:

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Rule of Law and U.S. Incarceration Rates

Here are a few things I learned today: The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. (With the exception of Seychelles, whose 780something prisoners in a country roughly the size of Bend, Oregon, gives it top billing.) Our nearly 700 prisoners per 100,000 people is five and a half […]

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Most Life-Changing Article I’ve Read

I want Storied Theology to be a place where you know you can come for all sorts of goodness. The goodness of spiritual encouragement. The goodness of biblical interpretation. The goodness of the Mountain Goats. All kinds of goodness. And just the other day I was thinking, I bet all those good readers would want […]

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Religion and Tribes

I’ve had four thoughts about religion and tribes, a.k.a. religion and politics, swimming around in my head over the past couple of days. Actually, one of them has been a deep, on-going thought. It started with an observation that North American politics and the North American church scene are both increasingly polarized, despite what I […]