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QUIRK: Male Gymnast Performs Woman's Routine in 1981
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

The uneven bars is an Olympic event that only women compete in. (Men compete in variations on the event, in the single horizontal bar and the parallel bars.) But back in 1981, U.S. gymnast Paul Hunt decided to ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

Jesus Phelps: Why Miracles Aren’t Enough
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

Although Michael Phelps did miraculous acts, I attribute his physiology and gifts to God. So is what he does in the Olympics a miracle? I was fascinated by Jesus’ miracles as a ki ...

QUIRK: The Time Conan O'Brien 'Pushed the Envelope on Late Night Television'
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

God bless our media! What follows in the video below from the flying squirrels at Team Coco is the collective reportage from various broadcast media outlets about late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien Scott Cronick & David Gorshein ...

Gore Vidal and the Death of Refined Public Repartee
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Buckley and Vidal were erudite enough that there was true substance to their “bitter” (and fun) exchanges. The ideas arrived before the witty, cutting remarks that were added like icing on the cake. Today’s pu ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

A 14-year-old kid meets John Lennon and interviews him in I Met the Walrus --- creative ways to re-purpose labyrinths and skeeball machines --- P is for Pixar --- indie rock music's Trade Deadline Day. Se ...

QUIRK: Westboro Baptist Haters vs. Zombie Counter-Protesters (Guess Who Won?)
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

From Huffington Post: A Westboro Baptist Church protest was overshadowed last Friday when demonstrators dressed as zombies gathered at a DuPont, Wash. military base to counter the radical group's efforts ...

'The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul'
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Muriel Nelson On Proverbs 8 ‘The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul’ On Proverbs 8 My saints wo ...

Nothing But the Blood?
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathryn Reklis What vampires can teach us about consumer capitalism and human desire. IF YOU’VE EVEN casually ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We are HyperGiants by Gowe / Dreaming by Barbara A. Holmes / Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey / Greening Spaces for Wo ...

A 'Guitarmy' for the Working Class
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tom Morello's approach to politics is as unique and incisive as his best guitar solos. ...

Satire and Political Shadows
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Dictator, amid its crudity and over-the-top stereotypes, asks us to reimagine democracy. I ...

How To Reclaim A Rigged Economy
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins ...

Murals and a Great Divide
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Concrete, Steel, and Paint, directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza THOSE OF US who ar ...

Plunging into the Political Fray. Or Not.
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Remind me again what lawyers do. I forget. THE TAR SANDS in Alberta, Canada, have been in the n ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

August 2012 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Product

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August 2012 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Monkey finds hidden camera, photographs self --- IKEA slumber party --- The Hobbit to be three films --- funniest faces in the Olympics. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

QUIRK: Johan's Ark, a Museum That Follows Biblical Proportions
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the measurements outlined in the book of Genesis. A wealthy Dutchman builds a replica of Noah’s Ark, following the mea ...

In the Stacks, July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Books of note. 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 books being publ ...

GODSPEED: Female Swimmer Accused of Doping, Found Not Guilty
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

For those of you who don’t speak in sports lingo or Britishisms, that translates to “Chinese coaches reject claims that their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, has been taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.” ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 30, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Arrested Development filming continues --- recap July entirely in charts --- the wonders of a felt-tipped pen --- hairchitecture. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

MedalCount.com Customizes the Way You Follow the 2012 Olympics
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

If you're following the 2012 Summer Olympics, you probably know that China currently holds the overall team-lead with 14 medals in total. But if you're looking to see how many medals Djibouti or Bang ...

Video Monday: 'Wagon Wheel'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Old Crow Medicine Show 's Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua first met in the seventh grade in Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County, and began playing music together. They performed open mics at the Little Grill diner which was "really th ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Olympic enthusiasts beware: here's a video of slow motion, French music, and men throwing rocks with their non-dominant hand --- 2012 Newport Folk Festival --- the wisdom of Ralph Wiggum --- Arrested Deve ...

QUIRK: Justin Buber and Other Philosophical Pop Stars
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

Step aside Reinhod Bieber, there’s a new 20th century philosopher/pop star in town: Justin Buber. That’s right, the Bieb’s popular songs and tweets and Martin Buber’s existential Jewish thought combine in a wa ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Highlights of the 2012 Euro tournament are reenacted with string --- Tim Heidecker beats Bob Dylan in releasing a song about the Titanic --- Philadelphia to open world's first Pizza restaurant and museum ...

QUIRK: Some Londoners Slow to Catch the Olympic Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Billions will tune into the Summer Olympics in London over the coming weeks, excited to see their favorite athletes competing for those coveted Gold Medals. Hundreds of thousands more will brave the wind and rain of the traditional British ‘summer’ ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Watch the 30 minute documentary Baseball in a time of Cholera --- NASA's vegan food plans for 2030 mission --- edible cookie cup for coffee --- which Bryan Cranston character said it? --- new form of soci ...

Bryan Fischer: Blame Darwin, Liberals, Gays for Aurora Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

In Fischer's estimation, because of our sexual moral decay and his consistent and ongoing attack on the virtues of evolution, James Holmes killed more than a dozen people in a suburban movie theater in Co ...

QUIRK: Mary Poppins to Fight Voldemort in Olympic Opening Ceremony?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Yahoo Sports reports: "If a British newspaper report is correct (and, oh, how we hope it is), Mary Poppins and Lord Voldemort will clash in a tense battle scene during Friday's Opening Ceremony of th ...

QUIRK: Stop Motion Super Mario in Post-Its
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Using 7,000 Post-it notes, this bored employee takes "playing video games at work" to a whole new level. In this stop-motion animation, Super Mario comes to life around the office, dodging clocks and ...

Some Assembly Required: A Conversation About Faith and Family
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 8:27pm | Type: Blog

as a single mother after her son Sam’s birth. When Sam turned 19, he told his mom that he and girlfriend ...

Olympics Won’t Include Memorial Moment for Murdered Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:29am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's (July 27) ...

Colbert, Cardinal Dolan to Match Wits in Comedy Slam
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — So who is the funniest Catholic in the Western world: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert? It's a tough call for anyone who has followed either man's i ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Bruce Springsteen surprises memorial concertgoers in Oslo with a performance of "We Shall Overcome" --- Banksy's controversial Olympic art raises questions in London --- Lord Voldemort's Su ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

She Said: What's Not to Like About 'The Dark Knight Rises'?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

What's not to like about The Dark Knight Rises? Nolan relies on some of his favorite actors (and composer) for an exciting finale to one of the most celebrated superheroes of both print and the big screen ...

He Said: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is a Redemption Tale
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

"The Dark Knight Rises" is a story about redemption. It is a tale of finding courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, in spite of overwhelming physical and spiritual suffering. ...

The Age of Innocence: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Originally Posted: 07/22/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

I liked this film so much I've already seen it twice. "Moonrise Kingdom" is so good, in fact, I almost couldn't bring myself to write about it for fear of not doing it justice. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

What's in the water? A crocodile or a log? --- Dancey tune to begin the weekend, from Hot Chip --- the art of local coffee --- children judge books by their covers --- and women are dropping "the F b ...

Let's Talk About (Complementary) Sex
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

For those unfamiliar, there are (at least) two camps in the Christian conversation about gender roles, one of which we can call “egalitarian,” and the other calls itself “complementarian.” The implication of t ...

Links of Awesomeness: July 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Carpenter Nick Offerman takes another break from his workshop to read tweets from young celebrities --- Pete Seeger stops by WNYC to talk about his new book --- Fictitious Dishes photo gallery features meals f ...

Nobody is Quite Ready for Tomorrow: The Advent of ‘The Hybrid Age’
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

In their book, "Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization," Ayesha and Prag Khanna examine how we have reached this moment, and what that means for our futures, and for g ...

Mandela: An Audio History
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

This award-winning series was produced by the audio collective at Radio Diaries and was broadcast on NPR in 2004. In Mandela: An Audio History , the voices of activists ...

St. Paul Saints Baseball Team to Become ‘Mr. Paul Aints’ on Atheist Night
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group. For one hot A ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Sax Grams, adventures of a traveling saxophone player --- indie drummer releases solo music --- Detorit native golfs across his city --- wine cork portraits --- Tom Waits narrates life of artist John Baldessar ...