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No Hands Are Clean But Christ's: Phil Klay's <i>Redeployment</i>

No Hands Are Clean But Christ’s: Phil Klay’s Redeployment

“Twenty centuries of Christianity,” I said. “You’d think we’d learn.” I fingered the small cross. “In this world, He only promises we don’t suffer alone.” -Phil Klay, Redeployment 2014’s National Book Award winner is an unusual one in several ways. First, it is not a novel but a collection of short stories. Its author is […]

Character, Achievement and... Limerance

Character, Achievement and… Limerance

Great interview with David Brooks on The Daily Beast, about his brilliantly-titled new book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (out Tuesday), worth reading as much for the commentary on Brooks’s peculiar “position” these days – i.e. a man without a country – as it is for the details about […]

Joey Berglund Breaks Down

Joey Berglund Breaks Down

The powerful bottoming-out moment of young Joey Berglund, one of the protagonists in Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom, who has just eloped with his girlfriend Connie after miraculously pulling off a lucrative but pretty underhanded deal to provide the US military with shoddy parts for some Cold War trucks they were using in Iraq: The depression […]

I Like It, So God Would Too: Egocentrism in Believers' Estimates of God

I Like It, So God Would Too: Egocentrism in Believers’ Estimates of God

Religion is often seen as a moral compass – it is frequently used by believers as a guide to doing and believing the right thing. People may disagree on social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty and back their opinions by invoking God as the ultimate advocate of their beliefs. But how […]

Mockingbird At The Movies: Some Thoughts On Avatar

Mockingbird At The Movies: Some Thoughts On Avatar

With so much build-up to this movie, on this blog as well as everywhere else on the planet (the global gross just exceeded $1 billion!), I felt obliged to post a few thoughts on the film itself, some of which appeared in a recent comment. 1. The visuals. They actually were as stunning as they […]

The Making of an American Solider

How an American soldier is made Being unemployed for a while, I’ve found a lot of time to kick around on the Internet. One of the blogs I read, Kottke.org (a liberal arts blog) posted a link to a pictorial essay by the Denver Post that follows the life of a young man from High […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: True Stories

Mockingbird at the Movies: True Stories

The last six years have been an amazing time for documentaries. I am not thinking of the Usual Documentary. That is a movie about important issues you ought to care about: global warming, AIDS, Iraq, the Bush Presidency, the war on terror, the curtailment of civil liberties, genocide in Africa, Columbine, abortion, homosexuality, Iraq, big […]

(Christ-like) Passivity in Iraq

(Christ-like) Passivity in Iraq

From an article in today’s NYTimes: Shiite clerics and politicians have been successfully urging their followers not to retaliate against a fierce campaign of sectarian bombings, in which Shiites have accounted for most of the 566 Iraqis killed since American troops pulled out of Iraq’s cities on June 30. “Let them kill us,” said Sheik […]

The Gospel of Self Esteem?

The Gospel of Self Esteem?

I have been thinking recently about “self esteem.” It’s a concept about which I have moved from indifference to a regular disdain. My opinion has always been that the modern obsession with self-esteem is related to the abundant narcissism in our families and culture. But recently, as I’ve become more familiar with some of the […]

Collect for the Unrighteous

Collect for the Unrighteous

My Favorite Collect written By Jady KochCollect for the Unrighteous Almighty God,Who while we were yet sinners, sent your own Son to be the one full,perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world, and without whom we would not know love. By your Grace, create in us new hearts […]

WSJ - What would Martin Luther Do?

WSJ – What would Martin Luther Do?

“Issues, Etc,” the nationally syndicated radio program of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) has been shut down! Dubbed “talk radio for the thinking Christian”, the show, which is based in St. Louis and boasts a wide podcast following, has been canceled, its website terminated, and its hosts killed. Actually, that last part isn’t true, […]

New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Resolutions are a tricky business. All of us have things we could be doing better, right? Habits we know we should kick, ways we could improve ourselves, obvious steps to a happier, healthier life: more exercise, less TV, earlier bed-times, etc. Things which do in fact lead to a happier, healthier life. But everyone knows […]