Let’s Learn About Evolution!

Looks like from now through the 2016 elections, the default question for idiot reporters who want to want to play “Gotcha!” with Republican candidates is going to be something like, “Blah blah blah EVOLUTION! Huh?! What do you say about that, huh?!?!” Never mind that most reporters couldn’t define the word “evolution” if you put a gun to their heads. Those who More …

When My Son Figures it Out

Something occurred to me the other night when we were in hour number two of our nightly battle to get my 3-year-old to eat his dinner. And it’s not like we ever serve him anything that he doesn’t already like. Nothing makes you feel like a sketchy parent more than yelling at your kid, “Young man, sit down and finish your More …

Some Days I Just Want to Get Back in Bed. On an Airplane. On It’s Way to a Hideout in Another Country

I read a lot of tech blogs and such — stuff written by people whom I expect to be pretty savvy about the internet; how it works and it’s remarkable place in our society. So, seeing those people react to the FCC’s net neutrality ruling with almost unanimous glee makes me want to lay my head down on the highway in the More …

The Science is Settled! – Big Bang Edition

Whenever you talk to someone who tries to end an argument by saying, “The science is settled!” just assume he’s an idiot and move on. You know the Big Bang? That science must be settled, because that’s how the universe came to be, right? I mean, how else could it? Well, turns out that maybe it didn’t happen: The universe may More …

Brian Williams and the Truth

I’m a little late to the party on the Brian Williams thing, but that’s because I can’t really bring myself to care that much about it. Because people stopped caring about the truth a long time ago. Back when I first started blogging, I liked debating issues of the day, because it felt like, by working through issues from opposing sides, More …

“And Now the Bedside Table is a Bush”

Where the Wild Things Are, as read by Christopher Walken (or somebody who really, really sounds like Christopher Walken). The true genius is in his descriptions of the illustrations: (Via Open Culture)

“I Thank Them, but Still Go Back to My Room and Practice”

An animated B.B. King (who doesn’t look much like B.B. King, but sounds just like him) lays down some wisdom on music, work, and life. (From Open Culture)

More from Rosaria Butterfield

In this clip our favorite former radical feminist lesbian atheist talks about the value of grace and community in reaching those living the homosexual lifestyle. If you fear that homosexuality is the unanswerable question for the church, Mrs. Butterfield is a tonic. (Via Justin Taylor)

Praying While Distracted

Thomas McDonald writes on dealing with distractions while praying: This inane quote from Oswald Chambers showed up in my Twitter feed: Don’t say, “Oh, Lord, I suffer from wandering thoughts.” Don’t suffer from wandering thoughts. … Scrupulously trying to deny the wandering thoughts that occur naturally in prayer in the surest route to failure. We need to glance at them, More …

Embrace the Weirdness

Erick Erickson (yes, that’s his name) says, “Keep Christianity weird“: Christianity is an oddball religion. Our God makes contracts with us. Our God dies for us and lets up pile our sins on Him. Our God tells us not to take revenge, but let him handle it. Our God says karma is a myth and His grace is real. Christianity More …

Can You be Good Without God?

In the spirit of previous musings on this blog about the nature of “goodness,” here’s a video that asks if there could be such things as “good” and “bad” if there were no God: (Also note that all arguments sound more convincing when made by a person with a British accent.)

Bad Decisions and the Super Bowl

Is it true that a decision is only a “good” decision if it leads to the results you want? If your decision doesn’t pay off, then no matter what your reasoning is, is it a “bad” decision? I was surprised to see how quickly the whole world decided that the Seahawks’ decision to pass the ball on the goal line at the More …