Monday, December 3, 2012


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1. Jesus Times Two: “Jesus Beck” or “Jesus the Christ” (posted November 16) "We prefer to hear the Jesus that speaks in loud angry words. We prefer to judge our neighbor and decide for ourselves whether he is worthy of any compassion."

2. Cost of Pennies (posted November 27) Xkcd answers your questions about whether it's worth it to pick up a penny on the ground- in terms of gas mileage, time, calories, etc.

3. How to take your picture in front of a tornado (posted November 28)

4. Social safety net? Heck no! Women must pay for sex! (posted November 28)

5. The Christmas Conundrum (posted November 2011) "There is no fake benefactor this year my kids can petition to get more stuff. Because honestly? For a five-year-old, how can Jesus compete with Santa? Our children don't have spiritual perspective; when faced with the choice of allegience, they have a baby in a manger, or they can get a jolly, twinkling, flying character who will bring them presents."

6. On Israel, the Church, and the Politics of Jesus. (posted November 27) "In fact, many [Christians] express a perverse pleasure when there is suffering in the Middle East, because these are mere signs that the end is drawing near. ... The trouble with a lot of popular eschatology is that it assumes Jesus did not win through the cross and resurrection, and will have to resort to something other than the way of the cross to accomplish His purposes in the world."

7. Girls vs. Boys "Laptops": Guess Which Does More (posted November 28) This kind of stuff makes me angry. This example is really blatant, but I've experienced this same message in subtle ways so many times- like "in an effort to be inclusive, we made a dumb version for the girls! And it's pink!"


  1. I appreciate these links! With regards to the "Christmas Condundrum," I have been inspired to write a piece "In Defense of Santa" when I resume regular blogging right after Christmas. (Also in response to that piece, I'm not sure that boycotting is the best way to address slave labor overseas -- what happens to the slaves when their company starts hurting financially or goes out of business? I think more research is in order-- and I don't think it's appropriate to state that anyone who doesn't agree with boycotting might just as well own slaves themselves.) But I appreciate reading that and other perspectives anyway. :)

  2. Ooh cool, I look forward to reading that. (And yeah I agree that boycotting isn't automatically "the right answer"- things are a lot more complicated than that.)