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Another Week Ends: Townes Van Zandt, Hyper-Parents and Filial Competence, Jane Austen, Visible Signs (That You Were A Youth Group Kid), Girls, Christian Athletes, Jonah Lehrer Proves Himself, More Ash Wednesday, St. Paul, and Beck

1. Over at Internet Monk, a thoughtful Ash Wednesday article explores singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt’s legacy in relation to the way Americans process death, depression, powerlessness, or other ‘negative’ emotions: Of course we live in a culture of death — because we are human, and human beings die, and human beings often choose ways that lead […]

Another Week Ends: More Linsanity, IMonk Grace, TechnoSabbaths, Defending Nic Cage, DFW on Corrosive Illusions, Cougarton Abbey and GNR Rumors

1. Just in case you haven’t overdosed on Linsanity yet, David Brooks offers a sympathetic big-picture perspective in his column in The NY Times, highlighting how the culture of achievement and glory in professional sports conflicts with ethical framework espoused by most of the major religious traditions. Some will certainly say that Brooks going overboard, […]

Another Week Ends: Ben Franklin’s Bible, Desperate Millennials, The Costanza Key to Success, Prohibition, Zombie vs. Vampire, Whit Stillman, Craig Thompson and Rango

1. Doubtless you’ve heard, but in a true laugh-or-you’ll-cry moment, Ben Franklin’s notorious “God helps those who help themselves” motto was quoted as Scripture from quite an auspicious, or I should say audacious, pulpit this past week. This just a few weeks after the Atlanta branch of my church put forward an out-of-nowhere (or, you […]

Another Week Ends: Terry Eagleton, Nar-Anon, Crazy Stupid Love, Pottermore, Depression No-No’s, Drones, Speidi & Achtung Baby

1. Over at PatrolMag, David Sessions posted a terrific interview with British literary critic Terry Eagleton concerning, among other things, “Capitalism and the West’s Existential Crisis.” The occasion for the interview is the release of Eagleton’s new book on Marxism. Of course, Eagleton is not your garden variety Marxist (thank God), and regardless of your […]

Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

The long awaited book by the web’s late and beloved Internet Monk was finally released today at

Maybe we can have a thread about this in a few weeks, when we’ve had a chance to read it?  I for one would love to hear what others think.

Millions of Unchurched Adults Are Christians Hurt by Churches

Interesting study on both the scope of the unchurched (100 million in the US) and the reasons why they don’t go (Hat Tip to T19). Two quotes: “Based on past studies of those who avoid Christian churches, one of the driving forces behind such behavior is the painful experiences endured within the local church context. […]

Michael Spencer – The Internet Monk, 1956-2010

We just received the very sad news that our friend and inspiration Michael Spencer, also known as The Internet Monk, died yesterday at his home in Oneida, KY. Please say a prayer for his family. As a writer and thinker, Michael pioneered the Gospel-centered ecumenism that we shamelessly try to imitate/emulate here. His site remains […]

Happy Fun Time + Getting it Together.

I’ve been spending way too much time on youtube today and was going back through some old videos on my favorite list. Thought I’d pass this one along. I saw it at a Lutheran Youth conference a couple years ago and it is an AMAZING illustration of the Christian life. For further reading check out the Internet Monk’s post on Required Reading – Behavior Modification and the Gospel (HT JH).


Mockingbird Interview on The Internet Monk

Check out what just went up over at (one of our favorite websites ever) – a little interview with yours truly about our ministry.

heart and fish,


Another Week Begins: Basil Wolverton, Otaku Pillows, Dash Snow, more Mr. Fox/Wild Things and The Internet Monk

A bunch of great items, mostly from the NY Times: 1. A fascinating review of the new Basil Wolverton exhibition in Chelsea. Just so happens that the gross-out king, nicknamed the “Michelangelo of Mad Magazine” was “a devout churchgoer, [who] hoped to be remembered for his Bible illustrations, not his cartoons.” His Bible illustrations were […]