Seeing Red

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I have lately had the privilege of simultaneously seeing both a big and small town way to resolve controversy over the name of a sports team. Continue reading

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Gay Marriage Is Not Against Biblical Authority

Invisible Mikey:

I wish I could have been as articulate as Kevin Daugherty during the thousands of arguments I’ve been in, supporting these views in opposition to others relying on scripture to justify oppression.

Originally posted on Koinonia Revolution:

I am uncompromisingly pro-gay marriage and I am unapologetic in my affirmation of LGBT equality. This is one issue that I refuse to compromise on, and because of this, it has gotten me in trouble in the past. One church that it did get me in trouble with was my local Presbyterian Church USA congregation. The congregation and presbytery I was a part of were and are socially conservative, but I was a flaming liberal. Naturally, I found myself in some serious disagreement, and it didn’t help that I was a universalist, pacifist, and straight up commie-pinko. While the local Presbyterian community did not appear very welcoming, I am happy to see that the PCUSA has recently become fully LGBT-affirming at the national level.

Now that this has happened however, I am seeing the same old arguments from my conservative brethren that I have heard over and over again. It…

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Getting Back in Tune

Did you know?It’s a dangerous world, but when bad things happen I’m usually somewhere else. I don’t plan it that way by avoiding all risk, but I do try to proactively move toward the light. Continue reading

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The Miraculous Power of the Beatles

(This clip will probably disappear when Apple discovers it.)

I was working as a children’s photographer at a Sears store. It was unfulfilling work. I had a pal I met in high school whose name was Terra. She was very pretty, was one of the prom queens, and had been in “swim timers”. She was also interested in service work. In high school I took photos of all the clubs. That’s how Terra and I became friends. Continue reading

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What, Me Worry?

Invisible Mikey:

MAD Magazine was the reason I learned to read early. It was a huge influence on my sense of humor growing up. It’s why I still believe nothing in life is too sacred to satirize.

Originally posted on Nexus:

the-mad-editor-1 Al Feldstein died last Tuesday. He was the editor of MAD Magazine from 1956-1985 and I confess, in that capacity he totally shaped my world view. I was addicted to MAD . I was lucky that my uncle ran a small bookstore so I was always flush with the magazine from its very beginnings. I couldn’t get enough of its irreverent, sarcastic, smart-alecky take on the world. There was nothing sacred in its pages. Everything was fair game– from politics to Madison Avenue advertising, from popular culture to Wall Street, MAD took a swipe at it all. Its loads of marginalia also supported close reading.

And it was Al Feldstein who created the environment of out of the box thinking that allowed this creativity to thrive. Born in Brooklyn in 1925, he attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He received a scholarship to the Art Students League and attended Brooklyn…

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The Definitive List of 2014’s Attacks on Christianity Which, Um, Aren’t That at All.

Invisible Mikey:

This made me laugh.

Originally posted on an irenicon:

1. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

NoahSurely Aronofsky’s adaptation of Israel’s adaptation of Babylon’s adaptation of a great flood story is an affront to God.

2. Hobby Lobby’s insurance requirements.

Hobby LizobbyBecause Jesus said, “requiring companies to provide insurance for employees and their contraceptive needs is an abomination.”

3. Evolution.

nye hamJust look into the eyes of evolution’s harbinger, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and tell me you don’t see pure evil.

4. Gay people.

Gay WeddingEveryone knows same sex attraction is a plot of the devil to thwart humanity’s desperately needed population boom.

5. World Vision’s decision to hire gay people.

World-VisionWhich it then reversed after “defenders of the faith” threatened to take food out of the mouths of its babes. 

6. Marijuana legalization.

Marijuana“Eat whatever is sold in the meat market… ‘for the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s’… why should I be denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So…

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Part-Time Einstein

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You’ve probably noticed there’s more than one way to think. When I train dogs or encounter wildlife, I try to think like the other animal. It improves communication. When I’m taking X-rays at the Urgent Care sometimes I am thinking like a psychotherapist, sometimes like a nurse, and to improve empathy I try to think like the patient and focus on their difficulties. Continue reading

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