Monthly archive December, 2008

But What If Jesus Was a Lumberjack?

Jack Black reprises his Mr. Show role as Jeepers Creepers -- aka Jesus -- in the all-star, too late, anti-Prop 8 musical. You can see both impersonations of the divine..

Anglicans Toot Somebody Else's Horn

Every major paper covered the formation of the Anglican Church of North America, comprised of 100,000 now-former members of the 2.3 million strong -- make that 2.2 million -- Episcopal Church in the United States. But only evangelical magazine Christianity Today, gushingly enthusiastic about the split -- the breakaway Anglicans seem motivated chiefly by anger...

Laugh Your Way to Spiritual Fitness and Financial Well-Being with Chuck Colson!

By Holly Berman Chuck Colson — Watergate felon, born again culture warrior — thinks we need more laffs, and after more than four decades of growling threats, warnings, and what might very charitably be called “tough love” at the world, he means to provide them. Like that time he and his assistant dragged a stuffed...

Odetta, 1930-2008

Odetta, 1930-2008. “Some folks sing songs,” writes Richard Corliss in Time. “Odetta testified.” But Corliss gets one thing wrong: Odetta didn’t just want to “sing black truth to white power,” she wanted to sing truth to whoever needed it. That’s what testimony is. “When I discovered folk music, I suddenly saw how dreadful the world...

Left, Right, Emerging

Sharlet: Emergent evangelical writer Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier responds to my essay for Dispatches from the Religious Left. (Maybe it’s time to dispatch the term “dispatches.”) Jones is skeptical of terms like right and left, and more interested in the tradition of progressive pragmatism he traces from...

Details Deuteronomy

Reading power lists -- those loathsome magazine compilations of the best and most publicized -- is a bit like watching the sausage get made, with the "sausage" being conventional wisdom...

Calvin, Again

Marilynne Robinson’s “extemporizing on, say, Karl Marx’s Capital is often punctuated with laughter and blithe phrases such as ‘Oh, goody!’ When a question gave her pause during our interview, she’d often shrug and say, ‘Calvin again,’ and then look away as if the sixteenth-century Frenchman were standing in the room waiting to give her advice.” Sarah...