The church of rock and roll

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

This is, I think, a lovely story. It's about coming together to help bear each other's burdens, even when those burdens are unbearable. This is closer to what "church" should be than what we often see from the church itself.
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Posted by Fred Clark

"Biblical counseling" is a nasty bit of work that's going to get people killed. In the meantime, though, it will provide a bit of revenue for its fundamentalist advocates, while helping to isolate their followers from any source of truth they don't control.

News Post: Dropping Science

Sep. 18th, 2017 06:47 pm
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Tycho: Gabriel mostly sat in confusion after the comment at Curriculum Night; he doesn’t really start or maintain beef in realspace. What you think isn’t political - that is to say, what isn’t up for debate - is really just an index of your politics anyway, and quite a robust one.  For me, I don’t think teaching science in science class is a political act.  I grew up in a house where “teaching evilution”...  Well, the fact that we called it Evilution is probably enough information to glean the subtleties of the position.  I live and let live as…

Blessed Are the Poor

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:07 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Most of the time in the actual Bible, the poor are already saved. All of them. They just are. That's a given. It's rarely stated outright because, throughout the actual Bible, it goes without saying.

News Post: Not Near Enough

Sep. 15th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Tycho: There was talk of trying the Leviathan raid, and it sounded pretty good to me, but then I realized that numbers were real and my numbers were very, very low.  I’m much closer now; Greazy-E and I are gonna try to crack the 260 barrier on this afternoon’s stream around 2 PDT.  Stop by? Here’s last night’s Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team game, Anchors Aweigh (Part 4).  Watch live video from Penny Arcade on www.twitch.tv I needed to rest after this one; I was glad to have the break in the middle of the show this time, not merely for…

LBCF, No. 151: ‘Losing Chloe’

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:57 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

Chloe undergoes a change in personality following her recitation of the magic words, but the change is entirely one of subtraction, not of addition. Her “conversion” is thus one of the saddest events in a book full of woes and calamities.
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Posted by Fred Clark

What conservative white evangelicals believe and say in 2017 is very different from what they believed and said in 1975. And what they said back then is, in their circles, no longer allowed to be believed and no longer allowed to be spoken.

You were a fool to let me go

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Not-Garland joined his fellow robed partisans to uphold racial gerrymandering in Texas. How long does the absolute correlation and unbroken pattern have to continue before we're allowed to talk about the obvious conclusion? Plus: Credit-rating agencies are terrible at their job and have outlived any plausible claim that their continued existence is justified. Burn them down and salt the earth.

News Post: What A Savings

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:10 am
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Tycho: Stripped of its makeshift ironic armor, the events of the strip are quite true.  A father hand-made a custom universe for his son and as a result Hearts got warmed. This is not what happened at my home game.  What happened in my home game was that they stumbled upon an old peddler in the woods who was delighted - delighted! - to learn that their parents had gone missing.  His cart was full of bones and his shabby tunic was dusted with the dust of the GRAVE! A couple videos we have had MANY requests for are now available for your fervid watchings.  The first is…

If dreams were lightning

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:57 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

David W. Congdon on what it is that we're saved from. (He provides a Latin phrase, but I'm thinking of a shorter American one.) Plus: the Yaris hits a milestone; Christian textbooks that celebrate treason in defense of slavery; and 100 Funny Movies that may or may not all be, like, ha-ha funny.
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Posted by Fred Clark

The following is from Ethics: Alternatives and Issues, by Norman L. Geisler. The book was originally published in 1971, by the evangelical publishing house Zondervan. This is from the third printing, in 1975. Later, we can discuss the substance of this and unpack it in greater detail. For now, I just want to put this out […]

News Post: Health Hole

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:45 pm
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Tycho: I’ve wrapped up the main campaign for Destiny 2, and a bunch of stuff happens in it but the main, important thing is I can create a special, magical hole - and everyone’s invited.  Hole benefits include: - Light exfoliation, revealing skin’s freshest layer - Friendly lightning orb - Continental Breakfast for foes (meal consists primarily of lightning) They did change shaders in a way that occasionally makes me look dumb and I’m not sure it’s my favorite.  I’m a boring person; I just try to make everything look as Dead Orbit as possible and I can…

‘Everybody’s here’

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:49 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

So here are the three things I read and/or post every year. First is John M. Ford’s “110 Stories,” which gets to me every time I read it, always at a different line. And then “Meet Me Mary’s Place,” which picks up where “This is New York. We’ll find a place to dance” leaves off. It’s probably […]
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