Over the New Year holiday, my wife and daughter and I took a trip to visit the town where my parents live (I refer to it that way because, although I grew up visiting it frequently to see grandparents and other relatives, my parents didn't move there until after I'd left home for college).
I've had the start of this post lingering in my Drafts folder for months. Oddly enough, I started writing it back when certain politicians were making absurd comments on rape, comments ranging from psuedoscientific to theological in nature.
Like most folks on the web, I've been watching the ebook shift with great interest over the past few years.
One of the defining things about the experience of reading online is that it is completely impossible to read everything, or even everything that would be interesting to any specific person.
I didn't plan on writing about 9/11 this year. I wrote about it last year (and in 2001, linking to the article I tracked down last year, though my thoughts from back then are lost in a Comic Sans archive of messiness), and I assumed I wouldn't have more to say this year. But while I still believe that the September 2001 article I reposted from the vocalist of Ballydowse is the best response to the event, I think there are words to be said about our national response since then, and it is those I decided to give attention to.
Recently, the fine folks at Homebrewed Christianity started asking guests, and also listeners, to talk about the biggest challenge facing American religion.
We all know that Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces the other day.
Like many others, I've been following Egypt's revolution the past several days, and Tunisia's before it.
Since I started blogging I have planned to write something for the Martin Luther King holiday, but I'm finally getting to it this year, and want to publish today, on his birthday.
In light of Thanksgiving yesterday, Black Friday today, and the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons, and maybe to a greater extent than normal because of the impending birth of our first child, I've been thinking about the connections between these holiday seasons, our prevailing civil religion, and injustice.
Jonathan Stegall is a web designer and emergent / emerging follower of Jesus currently living in Atlanta, seeking to abide in the creative tension between theology, spirituality, design, and justice.
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