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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

How to prepare for an outdoor movie – famous people caught wearing Bill Cosby sweaters – Abraham Lincoln band aides – famous art recreated from torn magazines –how to impersonate Barack Obama. See these and mo ...

QUIRK: Politicians Who Look Like Disney Characters
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

When you're in the public eye, it's only a matter of time before you're known, not by your name, but as "that guy who looks like Pinocchio." In this hilarious compilation of look-alike ...

Is Hating My Body a Sin?
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

Hating one’s body usually involves sin: a distortion of the relationship God desires to have with us, and the relationships God desires for us to have with others and with creation. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

95 seconds of 90s television nostalgia – Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass prepare for the release of their first feature film Sleepwalk With Me – Arrested Development set to film in one month – Earnest Hemingway&# ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 11, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

John Hodgman reads a story of aliens buying the rights to all of humanity's music – Face Math – The United Shapes of America – rising R&B star Frank Ocean – 1,000 parachuting teddy bears for free spee ...

Book Reviews: Four for the Summer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

expect in an Anne Tyler novel (it's her 19th): Lovable, socially awkward characters. Family ties ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 7:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

QUIRK: How to Top 'The Dog Ate My Homework' Excuse
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

According to the Associated Press, a 22-year-old student in Brazil claimed she was abducted and held hostage for 24 hours. She later confessed, saying: "she 'didn't want to upset her mother ...

Hotel Replaces Bibles with Kindles
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

According to CNN: Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, hotels, where they are a ubiquitous sight i ...

Ron Howard on What He Learned from Andy Griffith
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

In a poignant first-person essay in today's LA Times, actor and director Ron Howard, who as a child played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, tenderly remebers his mentor and friend Andy Griffith, who died T ...

Leonard Cohen's Stellar New 'Old Ideas' Explores Spirituality, Mortality
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

The years between 2004's "Dear Heather" and his latest album "Old Ideas" have built Cohen’s status to a Zen guru presence. For weeks there has been anticipation about this new record n ...

Faith (Not Pea Soup) Takes Center Stage in New 'Exorcist' Play
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES — Mention the word “exorcism” to most people, and you get descriptions of levitating bodies, spinning heads, oozing green bile and hissing serpentine tongues. But don’t expect to see these eye-popp ...

‘The American Bible’ Collects Texts That We the People Argue About
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

There are certain speeches, songs, books, letters, laws, and axioms that Americans appreciate enough to argue about, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. Abraham Lincoln’s “Get ...

In the Stacks
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many ...

Duke Special's Deep Soul Shines on 'O Pioneer'
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Duke Special writes for the areas of deep soul and the dreams of an arts community get aired on "Stargazers of The World Unite"; the hopes of justice and a new world order by the Occupy Movement chal ...

Gone Fishin': Andy Griffith Has Died
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

According to USA Today: Andy Griffith died this morning. Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m. Friday, ...

Holy Biofuel & Justice Juice: A Musical Review of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

Sadly, too much of today’s so-called “praise-and-worship” music sucks the humanity out of our adoration and contemplation, leaving us with a sugary synthetic salvation that’s all Easter lilies and neutered lam ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

"Sun Boxes" a solar powered outdoor art installation of music – life size Hot Wheels track earns World Record –belt buckle flask –summery fruit sculptures –man plays typewriter in symphony –realistic ...

QUIRK: Ten of the Most Bizarre Laws Effective July 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

We’ve reached the halfway point of the year, which means states across the nation are adopting a variety of new laws at state and local levels. While most of the new provisions and amendments were about taxes, ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XX
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. We’re 20 weeks into the Church Sign Epic Fails series and going strong. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. W ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Resources to help you raise happy and engaged kids. Resources to help you raise happy an ...

Witness
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maritza Rivera "There is nothing casual / about casualties of war." There is nothing casual about ...

Evil is as Evil Does
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Microsoft was an extortionist, but Google is a pickpocket. FOR MORE THAN a decade Google ...

Screening Relevance
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three highlights from Full Frame are films that mingle mature cinematic craft with ethical depth. ...

The Party of Ayn Rand's Discontent
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

crusader, CNBC financial broadcaster Rick Santelli, who suddenly began ranting on the air on Feb. 19, 2009, ...

Hiking Through Heartbreak
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed on writing and walking her way out of grief. WRITER ...

Wondrous Cycles of Life
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Calvin B. DeWitt Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt ...

An Indie Call to Worship
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Joshua Witchger Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records. ...

Born to Pedal...
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Like Jesus, I'm saving a lot of money on gas. THE FIRST BUG was a surprise, glancing off m ...

Beauty and Liberation
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

E. Ethelbert Miller A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett WHENEVER I entered a museum gallery and saw sculptu ...

July 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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The Nights Were Flamed With Fire
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

When I heard Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets for the first time, they were performing on the main stage at Wild Goose Festival 2012, opening up for established artists Jennifer Knapp and Phil Madeira. I had heard good things about them f ...

QUIRK: A Little Poetry for the Weekend (Category: Bacon)
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

That about does it for us for the week. We send you off to the weekend with prayers for safety and blessings — and a bit of bacon-inspired poetry for the journey. That about does ...

QUIRK: CNN Wins Race to Incorrectly Report on Health Care Decision
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

From The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: "The Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act, and CNN races with Fox News to see which news organization will be the first to report the great decision." ...

QUIRK: Affordable Care Cat
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Now, take a little time to celebrate by smiling along with the latest Internet meme craze, "affordable care cats." Curre ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Nick Offerman reads more tweets from young female celebrities — Amy Poehler answers odd questions in front of a large audience — 10 nerdy bathrooms — Star Wars family car decals — Ira Glass on Car Talk reruns ...

Top 10 Nora Ephron Moments: A Sojo Staff Tribute
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Sojo staff’s top 10 Nora Ephron golden nuggets. The Sojo staff loves Nora Ephron. We already have up a contributor’s beautiful tribute to her life HERE . But we wanted to share ...

For Nora Ephron
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Ephron brought us joy. She was a keen observer of the human condition, of living, growing older, and facing death with grace. She advised us not to postpone our joy. There are som ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

A load of links to counter those mid-week blues... a video of Wild Goose performers Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets -- an Arrested Development art show -- Alec Baldwin interviewed by Terry Gross -- lists o ...

QUIRK: 'Harry Potter Theme' Performed on Water Glasses
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps you’ve tried to circle the rim of a wine glass with your finger to create some high pitched tones (often times I’d be scolded for doing in in restaurants). Well, in this video, you can take a look at a ...

In the Stacks, June 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

This week's book reviews of interest. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There a ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Watch the new trailer for the Monsters Inc prequel, Monsters University. Plus a man with no legs climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro and CNN streams a new documentary on Bruce Springsteen. Read these in today's Links ...

In the Stacks, June 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

This week's books of interest. Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too ...

QUIRK: Pizza Vending Machines
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

Pizza in a vending machine? That’s right! The franchise Let’s Pizza is opening up an office in Atlanta later this year, which means that their infamous pizza vending machines shouldn’t be too far behind. ...

Religious Groups Vie for Internet Space in Domain Name Grab
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. But now they’re targeting real estate in a less tangible sphere: cyberspace ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 19, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Seven summer camp movies to set the tone for your summer adventures — watch the craft of making flamenco guitars — children spraying dads with a hose — people behind their cereal mascot — new track from Child ...

Why It Matters Whether a Toy is Thin and Sexy (Or Not)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Every toy/image transformation does some basic variation on the theme of “thin down and sex up.” So the ‘t hinner-and-sexier evolution ” series is kind of winding down, as there ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Duck flash mob takes over a street in China – Pictographic rock band posters –Jack McBrayer learns insults at a hot dog shop – and San Diego's annual dog surfing tournament. See these and more in today� ...