Stupor Bowl

I think I used to like football. Until about 7 o’clock Sunday night. I got past the weeks of pre-game build-up, past the hours of pre-game talk. I got past the “sports commentators” saying things like (and I had the closed captioning on to make sure I was getting this right) “a guy...

I Didn’t Get What I Wanted for Christmas Either…

I’ve been to Atlanta, Georgia, a couple times. Except for the red dirt (which, I’m sorry, is just weird), it seemed like a pretty cool city. Nice architecture, nifty cultural establishments, quirky little news outfit (CNN), super-friendly people. I didn’t meet Zach, though. If I had, I...

In Glock We Trust?

According to Greg Horton of Religion News Service, a senior pastor (and assistant police chief) in Pryor, Oklahoma, is pioneering a new outreach program for his church: teaching members and would-be members how to handle a gun. Pastor Derek Melton defends his decision, saying: “The disciples carried...

Good for the Soul, and the Bottom Line

A new study shows that people are more generous when they feel guilty about something—but that’s not the most interesting part. People are most generous (to others, their churches, and to charity) when they feel they’ve been forgiven for something they feel guilty about. We’ve all felt...

The Blues of Autumn

I’m a school nerd. As a kid I looked forward to the beginning of the school year—labeling those multicolored folders, decorating my desk or locker, and (rapture!) cracking open those glorious textbooks. I was that troublemaker who was always asking for extra credit work, who did the even-numbered...

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