1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’
The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering.
2. Lipstick and Seminary
“During seminary, I paid close attention to ways men acted in and outside the classroom. Playing by their rules helped me fit in…I guarded what I considered feminine-seeming parts of my personality — creativity, emotion, and relational ways of perceiving and acting. I got A’s, but my soul was wilting.”
3. WATCH: A Million Ways to Die in the U.S.
Jon Stewart puts concerns over ISIS and Ebola in perspective. “The American government has a sacred obligation to do whatever it takes to save American lives…unless it’s stopping the things that are actually killing Americans.”
4. The Meditations of Europe’s Last Brewmaster Nun
Says Sister Doris: “As Saint Benedict wrote, ‘in all things God may be glorified,’ and that is also true of beer.” Say we: "Amen."
5. World’s Politest Protesters
"The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous. What, then, is different about these Hong Kong demonstrators? And how might their almost exaggerated politeness help them against the notoriously severe Chinese Communist Party?"
6. Sojourners Is Offering Our Ebook Reference: 'I Believe You:’ Three Essays for a Broken World
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the next 4 days, Sojourners is offering the ebook resource on sexual violence and church for FREE on Amazon. Please share, listen, teach, and help us break the silence.
7. The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson
Wyatt Mason profiles the prolific writer, novelist, and religious scholar in her Iowa home. “I hate to say it, but I think a default posture of human beings is fear. ...Fear has, in this moment, a respectability I’ve never seen in my life.”
8. The Health Effects of Leaving Religion
A loss of faith manifests itself not just in the mind, but in the body.
9. 'God and the Gay Christian:' Discussion with Rachel Held Evans
Evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans is hosting an ongoing book discussion on Matthew Vines’ recent look at homosexuality and Christianity. Worthy reading for all perspectives.
10. Why Yoga Pants Are Incredibly Dangerous to Today’s Youth
“Why do I wear yoga pants, you ask? To seduce my non-existent male co-workers and distract them from their jobs? The reason I wear yoga pants is that they are comfortable, end of story. And because I can. And I still get paid. And I still advance in my career. And I am a woman."