Rejection (Dylan Moran)

“I am afraid your letter is most unsuitable for me at the present time, as I’ve just spent the entire weekend writing the novel which you have summarily rejected. I can only presume it is company policy to reject all manuscripts not submitted in ten foot high brail!”

Some mild language, but this is genius. Pass it on to your writer friends. They’ll love you for it.

Affirm, Critique, Transcend

Nancy Pearcey, Saving Leonardo:

Biblical truth is so rich and multi-dimensional that it can affirm what is true in every worldview, while at the same time critiquing its errors and transcending its limitations. In this way, Christianity makes possible the greatest intellectual and artistic freedom.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity:

If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you do have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake.

Flotsam & Jetsam (10/1)

The Blah -“We dumb down our messages, erase the judgement, and amp up the ‘love’. We’re being tolerant instead of truthful. And, sorry, that is not love. This hyper-cautious side-stepping will prevent us from trampling on others’ toes, but is that really what we’re called to do? To avoid toes?” (That noise you’re hearing is thousands of CCM recordings simultaneously exploding.)

#Hashtag – Yeah. #ThisIsPrettyFunny.

7 Pursuasive Pro-Choice Arguments from a Rational, Thoughtful Progressive – In which said “rational, thoughtful progressive” gets absolutely shredded. Matt Walsh, you’re one of my heroes.

The Counselor – With a director like Scott, a writer like McCarthy, and a cast featuring Fassbender, Pitt, and Bardem, I have high hopes for this film. (Don’t watch the preview with youngsters around, by the by; the movie is aimed at adult audiences only.)

Rooted in the Heavens – A good reminder from Pastor Wilson.

Books I Wish I Had Time to Read – Hey, more books for the TBR pile! That’s always a good thing, right? Right? Geez, guys, a fat lot of encouragement you are.

Commodification – “To use a punchy phrase from John Kavanaugh, ‘commodification splits sexuality fromself-hood.’ Sexuality is treated not as the embodied expression of our full self-hood, but merely as an instrument for physical release and recreation.”

Tea for Two – I like this song. It reminds me of Up.

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.” – Tom Bissell