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Animal Mask and Friendship

My post on Tuesday about friendship had several muses. One of them was this song, “Animal Mask,” from the new Mountain Goats album, Beat the Champ. In concerts John Darnielle has said that it’s about a battle royal–and about the labor and delivery room. Maybe that explains it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a […]

Gandolfi, Joseph's Dream

Divine Guidance

Reading through the opening chapters of Matthew’s Gospel this morning, I was struck afresh by the overwhelming amount of angelic intervention. An angel tells Joseph what’s up with Mary’s pregnancy and not to leave her high and dry. The magi are warned in a dream not to return to Herod An angel warns Joseph in […]

Ganymede Waters Zeus as an Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen

Pederasty in Rome

A few weeks ago, City Church in San Francisco announced its decision to become a “third way” church with respect to the issue of homosexual practice: a church where there could be divergence of opinion and practice (life-long abstaining or life-long commitment to a single partner), but where all would be treated as equal members […]

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Easter Needed

If you’re someone with mad computer programming skills, I would like you to create the next big Facebook time-waster. It’s one of those “Take this to find out which ____ you are” quizzes. I want you to do one with church seasons. If you need a benchmark, I’m a Lent. I’m a Lent in every […]

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Searching for Sunday

Rachel Held Evans is back with another run at the intersection between her life in East Tennessee, the struggle to find a viable expression of evangelical faith, and how those two realities form a microcosm of contemporary evangelicalism. Searching for Sunday walks similar ground as Rachel’s earlier works, but with a more mature writing craft […]