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In the Stacks, June 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:57am | 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 ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Europe is the home to a few new world records . First, a German man holds his breath underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. Second, people in Poland launch 12, 740 paper lanterns into the air simultaneously.   Last week Andy Samberg ...

Princess Pop Tarts and LEGO Waffles: The Dangers of Marketing Food to Children
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

There is a dangerous marketing strategy when it comes to food and our children. No, it’s not “sugar” or “fat” or even promotions of “low sugar” or “low fat." Most of the food-marketing ploys aimed at kids ...

QUIRK: President Obama sings "Call Me Maybe"
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

In this clever mashup, the POTUS gives a new take on Carly Rae Jespen's radio hit "Call Me Maybe." While it may not be as endearing as his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Toge ...

Blessing of the Artists: What Is Your Gift?
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

“It’s my privilege actually to use the incense for you as a sign of your dignity and to connect the gift that you have from above with heaven, because that’s truly where it comes from." ~ Father Eamon O&# ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

An award winning new short starring Kevin Spacey -- the most extroverted city in the U.S. -- Wilco releases free e-book -- The Daily Show's coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee -- Jason Schwartzma ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 4, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

Novelists set down the typewriter and pick up the paintbrush -- cross stitching electrical circuts -- beautiful photos of colored ink underwater -- Improv Everywhere strikes again with a car alarm stunt -- Pul ...

A Theology of America's Zombie Apocalypse
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 6:15am | Type: Blog

It seems that America is on the verge of a zombie apocalypse.From movies to video games, Zombies are the big ticket these days. The undead top the media charts, gnawing and clawing their way into the forefront ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XVI
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. Sweet 16 and never been theologically on point. Got some good ones this week. Enjoy. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

A batch of the best new audio and visual stimulation. Roman Mars' podcast explores the craft of Trappist beer -- nature-loving artist trades the electronic equipment for some earthy sounds — Andrew Bird&# ...

QUIRK: New York, the Nanny State and the Impending Demise of the Big Gulp
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, Big Gulps and any other super-sized sugary soft-drinks will go the way of smoking at the Oyster Bar and Times Square peep shows and trans-fat-deep-fried c ...

New, Improved Terrorists!
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Even al Qaeda can use rebranding. EVERYONE CAN USE a fresh start from time to time. When Enco a ...

Chasing the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Scripture teaches that the Spirit of God was in that still, small voice. But every now and again the Spirit arrives with ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption — Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have Mor ...

The Boss's Musical Indictment
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Springsteen sings what politicians won't say: We were robbed and the thieves have escaped justice. ...

Art With a Brutal Heart
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The best parts of the Disney worldview look like the eschatological images in a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; the worst m ...

Chronicling Belief's Strange Wonders
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the country in Between by Jeff Sharlet. WIT ...

From the Hollers to City Streets
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry Stream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat THE VIDEO for the title track of 2/3 Goat’s EP Stream of Co ...

The Sacred Fish
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

D.S. Martin You can’t desire to catch the sacred fish / as much as he desires to be caught / & yet / he darts through the dim depths ...

The Vagina Dialogues
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We've come a long way, baby. Or have we? Is it too much to ask legislators to speak cogently about women's health? ...

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

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

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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Politwoops presents deleted tweets from politicians -- bloopers from The Muppets -- crocheting massive portraits -- mashup of Men in Black III and Wes Anderson -- The Walkmen -- Rainn Wilson's airplane ma ...

In the Stacks, May 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

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 books being publis ...

QUIRK: Mitt Romney = Unicorn?
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

In the Washington Post , Dana Milbank raises the question that has (apparently) been on everyone's lips during this election season: Is Mitt Romney a unicorn? An interesting question, we can all agree. By why are people ask ...

QUIRK: (Figurative) Fireworks at Illinois State House
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It all got a little much for Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost yesterday during a discussion in the State House on pension reform. It all got a little much for Illinois State Rep. Mik ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 29, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Breweries of the United States -- Bicycles and the stages of life -- folk musician Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on NPR -- cassette tape table -- new species of 2011 -- get serious for 30 seconds -- and monk ...

QUIRK: Reggie Watts' Bizarre TED Talk
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Reggie Watts is a comedian and musician who has an intangible style. He mixes hip-hop vibes with stream of consciousness talking and singing. Part satire, part a capella, with plenty of wit and humor, he’s bee ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: In Their Own Words
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Artists are telling it in their own words: through the airwaves, written on paper, on physical walls, etc. Our Friday links feature some notable creatives, new and old, expressing their craft at its finest. Fr ...

Graceland, Apartheid and the 'Deep Truth that Artists Speak'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Twenty-five years after the release of Paul Simon's seminal Graceland album, a new documentary film, Under African Skies, which premieres tonite (Friday, May 25) on A&E, chronicles its creation and th ...

Catholics See Rallying Cry for ‘Religious Freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy is loving it. The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Library of Congress to induct 25 formative sounds into archives -- 20 pictures of funny money -- remake of The Great Gatsby -- stream the new album from Sigur Rós -- and a one minute clip that took six months ...

QUIRK: Yankee Candle Company Targets Men With New Scents
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

According to reports from the Candle Association, 90 percent of candles are purchased by women. In an effort to tip the scales, the Yankee Candle Company recently unveiled a few scents to woo men, in a line of products they're calling "Man ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 23, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The Museum of Old Pop Culture References -- clever commencement speeches -- Ben + Jerry's ice cream lock -- calming manatee -- and Chris Parnell helps bring awareness to cat boredom. See these and more in ...

QUIRK: Man Arrested for DUI After Bringing Pet Zebra to Bar
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

It's not uncommon to hear of someone arrested for a DUI, but when that driver has a zebra and a macaw with him in the vehicle, we've firmly entered the realm of the strange and unusual. Jerald Reiter is a farmer and exotic pet owner, who te ...

When You're Afraid to Be Who You Are
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with an enormous amount of anxiety when meeting new people. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with a ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 22, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

The 2012 Paralympics -- Kristen Wiig's best SNL characters -- Bill Murray narrates a tour of Wes Anderson's new film -- Moog synthesizers -- and Obama and Romney set aside their differences to dance ...

QUIRK: Will Smith as Obama? It's All About the EARS.
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Nearly four years after Smith joked about potentially playing Obama in a not-actually-happening biopic on the president's life, the "Men In Black 3" star is at it again. ...

Public Radio makes 'The Invisible Visible'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Earlier this month, the public radio show This American Life held a wide-scale live event in New York City. I attended the two-hour event via satellite in Washington, D.C. Like its weekly radio broadcast, the ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 21, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

A Day of Video and Song: Pomplamoose pumps out a fun new tune -- upcoming song from Sigur Ros -- turkeys and dubstep -- stop motion paper cut-outs -- Saturday Night Live's "Lazy Sunday 2" -- and ...

In the Stacks
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Weekly 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 books bein ...

QUIRK: Smell Ya Later, Kristen Wiig. We'll MISS YOU!
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

From Huffington Post : Kristen Wiig got a musical sendoff on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live" as the popular and versatile cast member made her exit after seven years. In the show's final sketch, guest host Mick Jagger played ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Volume XIV
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Yes, kids, it’s that time again already. Seems it was only seven days ago when we posted our last batch of weekly church sign epic fails, and here we are again. So let’s get to it: your weekly infusion of bad ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 18, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Marveling at Mr. Smith's world of peach pit figurines. Plus, Jack White and the Guiness Book of World Records -- LEGO art from PBS -- literary maps of the U.S. and U.K. -- how to tattoo a banana. See thes ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Penguin escapes from zoo and is spotted months later -- stereotypes of your favorite 90s bands -- sneaky squirrels nabbing food -- visual history of Europe... read these and more on today's Links of Aweso ...

In the Stacks, May 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

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 many books being ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Memorable commencement speeches from comedians -- Colbert and Stewart on LGBT -- unscientific diagrams of aquatic life -- most bikeable U.S. cities -- Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott "blows some mi ...

QUIRK: Kids Reenact Beastie Boys
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The video to Beastie Boys' classic anthem "Sabotage" features the three members donning sunglasses and fake moustaches as they race around a city creating a ruckus. Now, the spirit lives on as c ...

'Sound of My Voice': Belief, Skepticism and Cults
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

In the feature-length drama Sound of My Voice, Peter Aitken, a 20-something school teacher, is angry at the cultish fanaticism that led to his mother’s death (per her cult’s teaching, she refused to take medic ...

QUIRK: First Person Jesus, OMG!
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Today, Lightside Games debuts a new video game they’re calling “the first-ever video game based on Jesus.” Journey of Jesus: The Call is available now through Facebook, and is an opportunity for people to take ...