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A Useful Lie: The Music Man and Imputation

Extended home life has led to some unusual TV viewing these days. Case in point: we all watched a 12-hour documentary on an exotic zoo owner. The shortage of content recently led me to watch the old 1962 film, “The Music Man”. The musical has almost canonical status in theater culture and is a staple […]

Game Over: A Broken King, a Scapegoat, and an Imputed Legacy on Game of Thrones

It’s been a fun ride, fellow Game of Thrones viewers. But all games must end, and most of them have a winner. It seems silly to warn that spoilers abound now that the show is over, yet spoilers abound below! One of the things that made Game of Thrones such a popular show was its […]

PZ’s Podcast: You Little Trustmaker, Lazy Susan, and The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle

EPISODE 270: You Little Trustmaker So I was looking high and low for a little peace the other day. An article I read had upset me, and I thought to myself, “Well, if that’s true, then why not just go to sleep for the next ten years, say, and not be conscious.” Then suddenly, an […]

“Already Obedient”: Steve Brown and Imputation

With our conference in Tyler, TX, just around the corner (4/5-6), here’s a teaser for one of our speakers, the illustrious Steve Brown. This one comes from his book Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart, which he wrote after he’d finally “lived long enough and sinned big enough,” after he left pastoring his […]

Through Thick N’ Thin: Imputation in Paul

To survey much of theology and biblical scholarship nowadays, you’d think that “imputation”, or the idea that God gives/reckons a moral status of righteousness to the otherwise ungodly believer, is a passé relic of former ignorance. On the biblical studies side, N.T. Wright has made half of a career out of refuting imputation. Peppered throughout […]

From Ruth Graham: Why Imputation Parenting Books Will Never Sell

Some years ago, when we had our first child, the trend of putting babies in a kind of “truth telling” onesie had begun. We got several as well meaning gifts. You know the ones. They blaze phrases like, Loud and Proud or Troublemaker in Training across an infant’s tiny chest. Interestingly, I was given many more of these for […]

“You Impute Me”: Thoughts on Rude Patients and Kind Teachers

I’m still reflecting on Sarah Condon’s excellent talk at Mockingbird Tyler last week, particularly her discussion of imputation. Once you see imputation in action, it is hard not to notice its presence and absence all over the place. Take my newsfeed this week. The New York Times ran an article called, “What Happens When Parents […]

Another Week Ends: A Compassionate Judge, Johnny Football, Smug Liberalism, Choose Your Own Failure, Alcoholic Wine, and Hobbes & Me

Click here to listen to the accompanying episode of The Mockingcast. 1) Hard not to start off with this amazing story of grace in practice, of an accused criminal sentenced to 24 hours in jail, and accompanied the whole time by his judge. The Washington Post tells the story of Green Beret veteran Sgt. Joseph […]

Hockey Rocky: Imputation and All-Star John Scott

A doozie of a story from the wild world of sports last Sunday as John Scott took the ice in NHL hockey’s 2016 All-Star game. To bring you up to speed, the trixy hobbits of the internet got involved with the sport’s All-Star voting this year, where top voted hockey players would be sent to […]

Scripting Others: Stephen Covey on Imputation?

Despite my instincts to steer clear of self help literature, I recently read Stephen R. Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Can anything good come from the self help genre? To my surprise, yes, especially this excerpted section below on “Scripting Others” from Habit 7: Sharpening the Saw (basically, self care). In […]

Ricky Linderman Is Among Friends

Have you ever seen My Bodyguard (1980)? Not exactly the apex of American movie-making, but it does contain a pretty powerful instance of grace. The movie tells the story of a teenager named Clifford who moves to a new school and immediately runs into trouble with bullies (the lead one played by Matt Dillon, in a dry run for his Outsiders peak). Out of desperation Clifford decides to befriend a kid that even the bullies are afraid of, a guy named Ricky Linderman (a young Adam Balwin aka Jayne in Firefly). Rumors are that Ricky killed someone. As their touching friendship develops, it becomes clear that Ricky is a tortured kid, extremely withdrawn and unhappy. Come to find out, Ricky accidentally shot and killed his younger brother when they were playing with guns as boys.

Clifford takes Ricky to meet his hotel-dwelling family, warning him beforehand about his eccentric Gramma, played by the immortal Ruth Gordon (also known as Maude from Harold and Maude). The following interaction ensues, ht JAZ:

Where Clifford (and Ricky) see death, Gramma sees life (Luke 20:37-38), and that small act of imputation, which even has the slight ring of dementia to it, is the beginning of healing. The brief smile we catch in that last shot is the first we see on Ricky’s face in the movie.

From Stickers to Likes: Validation, Authenticity, and Social Media for the Children of the 90s

Modern Reformation’s May-June issue is out! If you haven’t already picked up a copy, this issue, entitled “Wired and Tired,” deals mostly with this our age of technology, and the unexpected weight it has brought to its users. Coming from the angle of identity and authenticity, one of the featured articles comes from yours truly. […]