It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @THR) After all of the rhetoric and debate of the last week, I found this to be a mostly refreshing and surprisingly balanced approach to how a noted Democrat is handling his post-election letdown.
Historically, the office has always changed the man more than the man has changed the office. Every president has talked about how it affected him from the very first day. They find that, suddenly, the consequences of their words are … consequential. I think we saw the beginning of this awareness when our president-elect met with our president. A very different-sounding Donald Trump talked about it being “a great honor,” wanting to seek President Barack Obama’s future counsel and calling him “a very good man.”
(via @thebabylonbee) If you’re not subscribing to The Babylon Bee, you’re missing out on one of the greatest gifts to evangelicalism in the past century (1. Billy Graham, 2. ESV Study Bible, 3. Babylon Bee, 4. Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Great Adventure album.) Sadly, I’ve observed churches for whom this satire isn’t too far from reality.
Citing a desire to make visitors to Main Street Baptist Church feel welcomed, invited, and loved, Pastor Joseph Randall asked all first-time attendees to stand and be recognized, and to remain standing for the duration of the service Sunday, horrified visitors confirmed.
“If you’re new here, we just want to offer you a big Main Street welcome,” a smiling Randall said from the stage. “So please stand, and let’s give you all a big round of applause just for showing up today.”
(via @laughingsquid) How’s your day going? Good? Feeling comfortable? No case of the willies? Hmmm…let’s see if I can fix that for you.
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