Caroling the Cross at Christmas

You won’t be hearing this new/old version of “What Child Is This,” over the mall’s speakers. The scandal of the incarnation meeting the scandal of the cross does not sell.

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Sorry, Megyn Kelly, Jesus Wasn’t White….and Thank God

The danger of assuming Jesus looks just like me is pretty simple: Jesus is not just like me…Jesus always stands with those on the margins of society; he was neither white nor privileged.

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7 Reasons We Love Lists with 7 Reasons

I’m not a huge fan of the “7 Strategies for Success,” “5 Unsupported Claims,” “10 Top Cat Videos” type of article, but I click on them all the time. Heck, sure, I write them from time to time too. What’s up with the lists?

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Dear Cynical Professor: How Did Your Students Change the World?

Last week I mentioned to a class of mine that I hoped to grow up and one day to become an old, wise, cynical, professor (I didn’t say “with elbow patches,” because that’s obvious). The students laughed, but I didn’t really mean it as a joke. Turns out, I don’t think they appreciated my dedication […]

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Flaws & All, Let’s Have More Like Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

The book is a basically a mixture of rehashed historical Jesus work and quite good creative non-fiction. In short, it works pretty well as a relatively gripping overview of Jesus’ life. It has flaws, but I’m willing to forgive Aslan’s foibles. I’m so hungry for smart public discussion of religion, perfection is the furthest thing from my mind.

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A few thoughts on giving to Haiyan Disaster response, with a shoutout to LWR

LWR’s Haiyan response will focus on providing shelter repair kits; providing debris removal through a cash-for-work program; and providing non-food items such as cooking supplies. They’re also sending four shipping containers of Quilts & Kits that will reach at least 26,000 people!

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Dear Target: This Thanksgiving…Don’t Do It!

I recently heard the horrible news about Black Friday. Best Buy is opening stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving—and STAYING OPEN through the night to Black Friday, Nov. 29th. Target has yet to announce their hours. For the love of pumpkin pie, Target, please wait to open until actual Black Friday.

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A few publications to plug shamelessly

The last few weeks have been a quieter time for the blog, unfortunately, but at least I can report on a few dead tree publications that have come out in the last few weeks. Here’s the details…

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Smart Online Commentary on Religion and Culture

I’m always looking for smart, religion and culture commentary on the Internet. I’m sure there’s more, but here’s a list of some great religion and culture sites that get my eye time each week.

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