Is it a sin to have a temporary tattoo of spongebob on my clit?
Personally I’ve always found SpongeBob to be annoying, but just because I don’t like something doesn’t make it a sin, so I’m going to have to say no.
(I can’t help but remember “The Sponge” episode of Seinfeld. Of course your situation gives a whole new meaning to the question: “Are you SpongeWorthy?”)
I just finished listening to episode 18 of your podcast, but it seems you haven't posted any new episodes since then. Any particular reason for the hiatus?
Poor planning on our part. Yeah, sorry about that.
December was a pretty busy month for Lindsay’s “real world” job, and when we finally were able to find time to record an episode it was getting close to Christmas, so we figured people might not have time to listen. Then we neglected to tell Caleb that there was an episode waiting. Now, Caleb is a fantastic and talented editor (seriously, there isn’t a single episode where Lindsay and I don’t say “Caleb will have to fix that”) plus he’s really good at separating ‘wheat’ and ‘chaff,’ verbally speaking.) but TurnsOut™ he is not omniscient. (I know! We were surprised too!)
Anyway… long story short: it was our fault, but here’s the good news! We’re back! In fact, we have a new episode available right now!
Episode #19: January 20th, 2014: He’s Still Got That ‘New Pope’ Smell
We’ve plan to release on a more reliable schedule, and we’ve already started working to get a little ahead.
Thanks for your patience!
Oh hell no.
I wanted to believe this was a farce, but then I found @ianbayneisright’s Twitter stream and he’s completely serious.
"Finding God in all that we do" isn’t a new idea, but it’s still one that finds a lot of resistance by some, so it’s a helpful to be reminded that "church" can happen anywhere.
The Green Family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, has asked the US Supreme Court to grant them ‘conscience protection,’ exempting them from their obligations under the Affordable Care Act. They claim that their religious convictions don’t allow them to cover employees’ birth control.
As it happens, I know a little something about conscience protection. I’m a Quaker–one of the groups for whom the first conscience protection laws were created.
This is something you should definitely read.
Thanks to friend-of-the-show Andrew Cilento for the link.
(The rare example where Betteridge’s law of headlines does not seem to apply. — TJ)
Is there a good primer on morality without religion? As someone who is, at best, agnostic I I've never had a good answer when asked "how can you have morals if you don't believe in God?".
I’m probably the wrong person to ask, but I’m hoping maybe someone who reads this will have one.
Off the top of my head, I think I would say, “I try to live by the Golden Rule even though I don’t believe there’s a God who will reward me for it. I believe it’s the right thing to do and the right way to live.”
(When I wrote that, I was assuming that “the Golden Rule” is generally known, but just in case it’s not to someone who reads this, to someone from the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Golden Rule is: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or “treat other people like you would want them to treat you.”)
Bryan was a TA when I was in seminary, and is now a seminary professor. This is a really good article that I plan to share with my adult Christian Education class.
Right now I’m looking at a $5,000/year savings using my state’s exchange to buy what appears to be a better plan than I have now. I’m sure Republicans would love it if there were a big downside to the Affordable Care Act, but as it is they’re stuck with lying about it.
"Don’t confuse me with the facts" is their rallying cry.
Remember Joe the Plumber whose name wasn’t Joe and who wasn’t a plumber?
Lies all the way down.
Lillian Daniel: What possessed you to write a novel? Has it always been a dream of yours?
William Willimon: Sort of. I’m a lover of novels, ever since a college course in the modern American novel. I love Flannery O’Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann and even dear, sweet, degenerate Marcel Proust. I reread them all. Pastors must be curious about people. Novels are a natural aid to pastoral work. When you watch Gustave Flaubert dissect a character, it’s a great help in attempting to figure out why the chair of your vestry is so screwed up. Also, as a pastor, you spend a great deal of time with people who are exposed and without adequate protection. Being a pastor is therefore almost like being a novelist without all the alcohol.
Lillian Daniel: You Methodists and your obsession with other people’s alcohol! In my denomination, we would say that being a Methodist pastor is like being a pastor without all the alcohol.
That’s one of my favorite openings to an interview in a long time.