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Is the new New Yorker cover shockingly depressing?

Is this cover intentionally dark? Christ pic.twitter.com/2CryDhwTAd— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) December 1, 2020 Simonson also tweets: "This woman is alone, living in squalor and drinking." Prescription drugs too. (Click on the image to see the full cover. There's lots of stuff on the floor.) Simonson adds: "People say it’s meant to be dark but this interview with the artist doesn’t make that clear." And he links to this piece in The New Yorker, an interview with the artist Adrian ...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Law, Drawing, Cartoons, Emotions, Christ, The New Yorker, Edward Hopper, Adrian Tomine, Simonson, Ann Althouse, Tomine, Coronavirus, Joe Gabriel Simonson


Christmas Nativity Mistakes: Cybertrucks and Overbooked Inns

Language is humanity’s first technology (Gen 2:20), and it powerfully shapes what we see and don’t see about the world. A great example of this comes from the the King James Version (1611) of the first Christmas, which reads: “While they were there [Bethlehem] … she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (phatnē); because there was no room for them in the inn (katalyma)” Luke 2:6-7 These seven words—”there was no room for them in t...
Tags: Seo, Jesus, Christ, Bethlehem, Mary, Joseph, Luke, KJV, NIV, CSB, Bible and Theology, Ian Paul Jesus


The Reason for This Advent Season

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (CSB) Today, we mark the first week of Advent, a season of expectant waiting and longing for Christ to come again as we celebrate His first coming. Perhaps more than ever, we feel the ache of wanting God to make all things right again, so let’s let the words of this familiar passage marinate in our h...
Tags: Holidays, Inspiration, Christmas, Jesus, Christ, Advent


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: If You Can’t be with the Church You Love, Love the Church You’re With As your church leaders make difficult decisions, oftentimes landing on solutions you don’t necessarily agree with, how should a mature Christian process the disappointment? My Threshold for Civil Disobedience in a COVID19 World I believe that we would be justified in disobeying the government’s protocols with respect to COVID19 in the following circumstances. Is Civil Diso...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Christ, Church You Love Love the Church


The Best Kind of Shopping

Growing up, my mom and I went shopping every Black Friday. She raised me to be a bargain hunter, and the day after Thanksgiving was our main event. We pored over the Thanksgiving newspaper sprawled out on the floor after dinner and circled the items on our wish list like kids with a toy catalog. In those days, stores opened at the before-dawn hour of 6:00 am. Mom and I would wait in line at Target, Dayton’s, and Kohl’s, and we would choose our first stop based on the free gifts they were handing...
Tags: Black Friday, Holidays, Shopping, Inspiration, Simple, Mom, Christ, Kohl, CSB, DaySpring, Target Dayton, Anna E Rendell, Simple Christmas


Here’s to a Simple Christmas

A simple Christmas — don’t we all, to some degree, hope for just this? For an opportunity to opt out of the hustle and bustle this season generally brings? There always seems to be just so much to do. So many places to be. So much to accomplish. Gifts to purchase and then wrap and then deliver. Cards to order, sign, and send. Cookies to bake, gatherings to host, friends to see. Traditions to uphold, family to visit, floors to scrub. But this year, many things are different, yet a few big things ...
Tags: Inspiration, Jesus, John, Christ, Corinthians, Anna Rendell, NIV Post


Visiting a Plague Church during a Pandemic - The Feast of the Madonna della Salute, Venice 2020

Madonna della Salute 2020 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) No blazing candles. No pontoon bridge. No balloons for the children, or sweets from the South of Italy. We can only imagine the discussions that went on as to how to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna della Salute this November 21st -- the day when Venice gives thanks for deliverance from the plague -- in a year restricted by a global pandemic.    Normally, thousands of Venetians pour across a pontoon bridge that stretche...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Madonna, Virgin, Venice, Christ, Crete, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Campo, Virgin Mary, Candia, Gritti Palace, Venetian Senate, Mark Venice, Cat Bauer


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Nov. 21-28

  Knollwood United Methodist Church on Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Most religious congregations continue to hold services and classes/lectures online due to Covid-19 pandemic concerns and restrictions. Here is a sampling of upcoming services and events that are online, and some in-person, in the San Fernando Valley area.   Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage: The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Peregrina,” an exact digital re...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, La, Church, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mexico City, Tim Clark, Local News, Christ, Matthew, Burbank, Sun Valley, Tarzana


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Preach with Kindness I think I want to pursue more kindness in my preaching, and I think that, if you preach, you should too. Here are three reasons why. Why Church Leaders Should Write More Handwritten Notes Take the time to write a handwritten note. Make it a weekly habit. You might be surprised at the fruit from such a simple discipline. The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum) I hope this forum models the kind ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Christ, Gospel Coalition Canada


How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

Though Catholic doctrine considers him the closest to the embodiment of Christ on Earth, the pope is no stranger to human folly. Earlier this week, Pope Francis fell victim to a classic thirst trap on Instagram, liking a racy post on Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto’s page. Read more...
Tags: Social Media, Pope Francis, Catholic, Lifehacks, Christ, Natalia Garibotto


Ray Bradbury Wrote the First Draft of Fahrenheit 451 on Coin-Operated Typewriters, for a Total of $9.80

Image by Alan Light, via Wikimedia Commons It sounds like a third grade math problem: “If Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 (1953) on a coin-operated typewriter that charged 10 cents for every 30 minutes, and he spent a total of $9.80, how many hours did it take Ray to write his story?” (If you’re doing the math, that’s great, but you might be in the wrong class.) Bradbury’s composition of Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates two of the prolific writer’s most insistent demands among h...
Tags: Google, Books, Writing, College, Ray Bradbury, Christ, Ucla, Ray, Facebook Twitter, Montag, Marguerite, Josh Jones, Bradbury, Alan Light, Durham NC Follow, Powell Library


Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In his new book, Brian Muraresku speculates that the Christian Eucharist could be rooted in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The wine and wafer of the modern ritual might have started off with a far more potent beverage. In this interview with Big Think, Muraresku discusses "dying before dying" and the demonization of women by the Church. Brian Muraresku wants to be very clear: the immortality key is not psychedelics. He's referring to the concept of "dying before dying," a mystical, near-death state...
Tags: Facebook, Greece, Church, Religion, Jerusalem, History, Rome, Pope Francis, Christianity, Innovation, Vatican, Philosophy, Catholic Church, Archeology, Francis, Archives


Sex, Lies, And Regret: Giancarlo Granda Reels From Eight Years With The Falwells

G iancarlo Granda first noticed that something was off about Becki Falwell while in bed with her. It was around three or four in the morning, Granda recalls, when he woke up and noticed Becki staring at him without blinking. It’s what he’d later come to call “the look” — something that, eight years later, still creeps him out. But Granda is neither squeamish nor skittish. And nor was he, as a 21 year old, primed to let something a little odd like Becki’s “dark, black eyes” fixating on him in th...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, Washington, Halo, New York City, West Virginia, Ap, Features, Wes, Liberty, Marilyn Monroe, Manhattan, Miami


The Humility of Accepting the Offerings of Others

My mom showed us how to love others well. Growing up, she filled our kitchen with the smells of chicken casserole or homemade lasagna when we learned of someone in our church with a loss in the family. She buzzed around the kitchen with a sense of purpose, and I loved how she always included fresh salad, bread, and dessert with the meal. At the holidays, she taught us the joy of giving by filling bags with gifts and clothing for others in need. And it was never just one little present but bags f...
Tags: Inspiration, Receive, Courage, Christ, Matthew


Leap Of Faith? Some Churches Choose To Continue Indoor Services

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Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Sacramento, Sacramento County, Cbs, Modesto, Ceres, Christ, Stanislaus County, Cole, Capital Christian Center, LeVar Burton, Rick Cole, Coronavirus, Sacramento County Public Health


Leap of Faith? Some Churches Choose To Continue Indoor Services

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Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Sacramento, Sacramento County, Cbs, Modesto, Ceres, Christ, Stanislaus County, Cole, Capital Christian Center, LeVar Burton, Rick Cole, Coronavirus, Sacramento County Public Health


Grace for the Perfectionist

After eight hours of painting my daughter’s room, I stood back, tilted my head, and squinted my eyes. On the little swatch from Sherwin Williams, the color “Dunabe” was the perfect blue. But now it just looked all wrong. It was bold and abrasive and hard to look at. I wanted a calm, soothing, moody color. I sent pictures to my artsy friends and asked for their opinion. I was trying to convince myself that I loved the color because I didn’t want to use up another day painting or spend more money ...
Tags: Inspiration, Christ, Perfectionism, Grace, Perfectionist, Sherwin Williams, Encouragement


Polish personal secretary to Pope John Paul II accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse

A senior Polish cardinal who served as personal secretary to Pope John Paul II has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse cases and accepting bribes. The accusations made against Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, broadcast in a documentary by private television network TVN, come as another hammer blow to the reputation of the Catholic Church in Poland. Last week the Vatican sanctioned Henryk Gulbinowicz, another Polish cardinal, and made him donate money to a fund for helping victims of s...
Tags: News, Church, Poland, Vatican, Catholic Church, Christ, Legion, TVN, Pope John Paul II, Stanislaw Dziwisz, McCarrick, Marcial Maciel, Theodore McCarrick, Mexican Catholic, Henryk Gulbinowicz, Dziwisz


Anchoring Ourselves When We’re All Untethered

The text arrives late morning when my coffee’s gone cold. I stare at my phone, punch in letters with my right thumb to respond, then hit delete until the sentence disappears. I read my friend’s message again: Did you know so-and-so is leaving our church because they don’t agree with wearing masks?I feel the same ache I felt in first grade when my eonni (older sister in Korean) moved out, or later, when a close friend decided there were cooler people to hang out with, and every other time anyone ...
Tags: Hope, Inspiration, Peace, Christ, Encouragement


When You Need Hope After the Election

I’m writing these words before I know who our next U.S. president will be or how you will feel about the outcome. I’m proud I was able to vote and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the campaigning to be over. I know it’s been a heavy process for most of us trying to make decisions that are best for the future. I’ve also been exhausted not just by the media and politicians but by the way neighbors, friends, and family have spoken in person and online. Watching and listening to people dete...
Tags: Love, Inspiration, United States, Jesus, Biden, Christ, Presidential Election, Neighbor, Trump, Encouragement, Michelle Reyes, Iive


Contentment Is an Invitation to Breathe

It had been five long months of pandemic uncertainty, isolation, and confusion. Cancelled commitments and shifted schedules. Distance learning and living. Life had been turned upside down, sending pieces of my normal flying into the air. At first I was in shock and then I had peace for a little while. Sadness and tears showed up for an expected visit, and we rode a roller coaster of emotions that ranged from anxiety to acceptance. Things settled over time, and I started to get used to it. But by...
Tags: Inspiration, Christ, Contentment, Encouragement


Does it matter if there was a historical Jesus?

Early Christianity was a synthesis of Jewish and Greek ideas and rituals, though it's often presented as brand new. Jesus's teachings can predominantly be traced back to earlier apocalyptic Judaism. An important question persists: Is it the man or the message that really matters to modern Christians? Although Jesus Christ is inextricably linked to Christianity, historically he was a major factor but not the totality of the faith. For the bulk of the last 2,000 years, Christians were more conce...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, Egypt, Christianity, Innovation, Jesus, Christ, Matthew, Bernie Sanders, Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, Amos, Derek, Mark, St Paul, Luke


The Day After: How Can We Mend Our Broken Fences?

I’m on the phone talking to a mom who won’t talk to her daughter. She voted one way. The mom voted the other. But that’s only half of what’s driving a wedge between the two. The daughter has left the church, denouncing all religion. The mother calls her daughter’s choice “evil.” Not exactly words to heal their hearts and rebuild their family. That’s where we all stand this morning. It’s the day after. Even if we don’t know who won the election yet, the biggest question remains: How do we heal? C...
Tags: Politics, Senate, Love, Inspiration, America, Jesus, Lincoln, Courage, Christ, Presidential Election, Matthew, PAUL, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Himself, apostle Paul, Election Day


Nobody Like Him

“I have no one like him,” Paul writes about Timothy (Philippians 2:20). Immediately I’m curious. What set Timothy apart? Left to guess, I’d probably imagine that he was unusually gifted or had personal charisma. But that’s not what set Timothy apart. “I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 2:20-21). I dare you to dig through leadership books for this trait. You’ll find that oth...
Tags: Featured, Life, Rome, Jesus, Christian, Christ, Jesus Christ, Timothy, PAUL, Christian Living, Bob Goff, Timothy Philippians


Be like Anastasia: Life in a New Age Slavic homestead

Far, far away there lives a little girl who spends entire days playing in the forest. When evening arrives, she happily falls asleep in the sweet embrace of a bear. The bear's name is most probably Misha, but let's not get distracted. The most important thing is to feel the Slavic power within. "Health to your bright thoughts!" So begins the e-mail that will become my ticket to a better world. No need for a visa or to book a flight. I don't even have to speak Russian. As luck would have it, a be...
Tags: Garden, Europe, Greece, Indonesia, Russia, India, Church, European Union, Nature, Sociology, Innovation, Poland, Community, Siberia, Jesus, Christ


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Oct. 31-Nov. 7

  St. Innocent Orthodox Church on Lindley Avenue in Tarzana. (Google Street View)   Most religious congregation continue to hold services and classes/lectures online due to Covid-19 pandemic concerns and restrictions. Here is a sampling of upcoming services and events that are online, and some in-person, in the San Fernando Valley area.   Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage: The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Peregrina,” an exact digital reproduction from the original in Mexico City, and ...
Tags: Facebook, California, Church, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pope Francis, Mexico City, Tim Clark, John, Local News, Christ, Matthew, Simi Valley, Sun Valley


Seen by God in the Loneliness of Marriage (plus a giveaway!)

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 (NIV) Life changes I hadn’t seen coming knocked the wind out of me, and I’m short of breath, trying to make sense of the misunderstandings and buried resentments, straining to imagine a future where things don’t hurt so much between my husband and me. The changes have exposed the complicated knots that have formed over the course of our marriage from ...
Tags: Marriage, Inspiration, US, Courage, Christ, Grace P Cho, In)courage Bookshelf, in)courage Library, Take heart


Imitate What Is Good

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. 3 John 11 (CSB) Just as children learn to copy their parents’ behavior (both good and bad), we are the same with our Heavenly Father. When we have seen God and experienced His love and grace, we will start to look like Him, act like Him, love like Him, and welcome others as He did us. Earlier in the chapter, John commends Gaius, to whom this letter is written, that...
Tags: Inspiration, John, Christ, Him, Love One Another, Sunday Scripture, Gaius, Diotrephes


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: What Does It Mean to ‘Fill Up What’s Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions’? What could possibly be lacking in Christ’s afflictions? And in any case, how on earth could Paul fill them up? Why This May Be the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible I’m convinced that there’s one Bible verse that, when rightly understood, proves most offensive to people whose sensibilities have been shaped by Western notions of inclusivity and freedom. 7 Questions to Help...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Christ, PAUL, Gospel Coalition Canada


Impacting Others Like Ripples Across the Water

In January of 2016, My husband and I made the drive from Northern Virginia to Southern Maryland to spend an evening with family. While the meal was being prepared, my brother, Dan, sister-in-law, Kayla, and I stood in the corner of the kitchen, talking and laughing, as usual. I shared about our recent move and our search for connection. I shrugged and explained that I knew the importance of community, but I just didn’t know how to find it. My brother, six years younger yet so much wiser, said, “...
Tags: Inspiration, US, Christ, Peter, Dan, Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, Kayla, Encouragement, Recommended Reads, Mary & Martha, Roy Lessin, Jess Imagine