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July 2010 Archives

Why Are There So Many Different Endings to the Book of Samuel? This Week in the Twible, 2 Samuel 18-24

posted by Jana Riess

Call it Lord of the Rings Syndrome (LOTRS). Remember how we all thought that The Return of the King was going to end with Aragorn’s coronation and the whole company bowing before the hobbits? It seemed fitting. But then the […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Guest Blogger Matt Litton on Religion & Women in Harper Lee’s Classic

posted by Jana Riess

Here at Flunking Sainthood we’re happy to give some time to author Matt Litton, a teacher here in my adopted hometown of Cincinnati. Matt looks at Harper Lee‘s modern classic To Kill a Mockingbird — celebrating its 50th anniversary this […]

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Bonhoeffer for Today: A Q&A with Biographer Eric Metaxas

posted by Jana Riess

Flunking Sainthood is delighted to talk today with author Eric Metaxas, whose study of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer sets a new standard for popular biography. It’s well-written! It’s fascinating! And it’s large enough to insulate your home! Eric, when Thomas Nelson […]

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Why Do the Amish Love Mexican Food? And Other Amish Trivia

posted by Jana Riess

We’ve been way too serious here at Flunking Sainthood lately. And since no one knows how to have fun quite like the Amish, let’s spend some time with them. I have an enduring love affair with the Amish that started […]

Every Member an E-Missionary: The Updated Mormon.Org Site

posted by Jana Riess

This month witnesses a surprising development in the relaunching of mormon.org, the LDS Church’s website for visitors and non-Mormons. (It runs another website, lds.org, which is primarily geared for church members, with links to lessons, talks, lime Jell-O recipes, and […]

Did David Plot His Affair with Bathsheba? This Week in the Twible (2 Samuel 11-17)

posted by Jana Riess

Well, here we go. David’s turning evil. Even here at Flunking Sainthood, where there’s quite a lot of grace for spiritual screwups, these actions sure aren’t ones we want to emulate. David’s downfall happens quickly: he stays home from battle […]

Walls and Immigration Reform: Rev. Ben Daniel in the Huffington Post

posted by Jana Riess

The new Arizona immigration law is set to go into effect next week (July 29), and folks on both sides of the issue are busy marshaling their forces to either protest or implement it. Earlier this week, Arizona governor Jan […]

How Do You Unplug?: “Hamlet’s BlackBerry” and My Weekly Digital Sabbath

posted by Jana Riess

I heard a terrific NPR interview yesterday with William Powers, author of the new book Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. I can’t wait to read the book, because he’s diagnosing a […]

A Glenn Beck Haiku / Contest Can Be Cathartic! / Poetic Justice

posted by Jana Riess

Fun, fun! The Religion News Service blog is reporting that representatives of Jewish Funds for Justice have received over 1,000 entries so far in their Glenn Beck haiku contest.They’re particularly interested in people’s haiku comebacks to Beck’s controversial statements in […]

Why Are Mormon Church Meetings So Dull?

posted by Jana Riess

A couple of years ago I read the memoir Sundays in America by Suzanne Strempek Shea, a Massachusetts novelist. The author’s project was to attend a different religious service every weekend and write about her initial impressions. I felt that […]

King David’s Impressive Resumé: Five Major Accomplishments as King (2 Samuel 4-10)

posted by Jana Riess

You probably know that next week I’m going to rag on David for little things like adultery, murder, bad parenting and the like. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer all the time, though, so I thought I’d devote […]

There Be Witches in YA! A Review of “Beautiful Creatures”

posted by Jana Riess

You’ve probably noticed that I love YA and  read far too much of it, but people find out about my passion and then they keep recommending novels. . . . Darn you, people! And darn you, Kevin Stanford, for recommending […]

Should Moms of Young Kids Get to Skip Church Sometimes? Guest Blogger Ellen Painter Dollar Says Yes

posted by Jana Riess

Here at Flunking Sainthood we’re always open to people telling it how it is. Today we welcome guest truth-teller Ellen Painter Dollar, who blogs for Her.meneutics at Christianity Today, on those days when you just can’t quite rustle up the […]

The Top Ten Ways Authors Sabotage Their Non-Fiction Book Proposals: What Not to Do if You Want to Get Published

posted by Jana Riess

I got another of those book proposals recently (in my day job, Gentle Reader, I am a part-time acquisitions editor at Westminster John Knox Press). The author had spat out something half-baked, and then seemed surprised when I was critical […]

Mormons and Gays After Proposition 8: Guest Blogger Carol Lynn Pearson on LDS Efforts to Build Bridges in Berkeley

posted by Jana Riess

By Carol Lynn Pearson Imagine: A room filled to overflowing with LDS Church members there to listen to several gay and lesbian people speak of their spiritual journeys–Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Jewish, Religious Scientist, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, LDS–and most […]

Thufferin’ Thuccotash!: On Saul, David, and Killing Kings (1 Sam 29-2 Sam 3)

posted by Jana Riess

You know those old Warner Brothers cartoons where Sylvester keeps trying to kill Tweety Bird? It’s a good image for the dramedy that framed last week’s Twible chapters, in which Saul keeps trying (unsuccessfully) to murder David, his usurper for […]

Demon Seeks Exorcist, Good-Looking, 25-35: Casting Call for New Show on the Discovery Channel

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, I received the casting call below from Stephanie Frasco, who asked me to post it to the blog. The Discovery Channel is seeking a swashbuckling young exorcist type to co-host a documentary series on eeeeeee-vil. So if you dream […]

Attendance is Down, But Giving is Up? Good and Bad News in Recent Research from the US Congregational Life Survey

posted by Jana Riess

Yeah, I admit it. I enjoy wonky sociology books about religion–how many adherents, where they live, what they believe, what they eat for breakfast. So I knew I’d be pretty interested in Cynthia Woolever and Deborah Bruce’s Field Guide to […]

Finding God (Again) After Losing Your Job: Guest Blogger Bob Fryling

posted by Jana Riess

I’m working in Nashvegas for most of this week, so Flunking Sainthood welcomes two guest bloggers (the other will be Carol Lynn Pearson on Saturday). Today we hear from my dear friend Bob Fryling, who has recently written an excellent […]

Yes, Robert Pattinson, There Really Are Mormon Themes in “Twilight”

posted by Jana Riess

I hate to disagree with Robert Pattinson. He’s just so darn beautiful. But when His Hunkiness goes public with ignorant statements like the following, I have to beg to differ. And hope that he won’t crush my skull. “I think […]

The Red, White & Blue Envelope, Please: Answers to Our July 4 Quiz

posted by Jana Riess

On Tuesday we interrupted this blog’s usual silliness to bring you an actual history quiz, based on a terrific book I’m editing: Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? by John Fea. The book will be out in February. If […]

How Long Does It Take to Turn Evil? David, Saul & the Dark Side in This Week’s Twible (1 Samuel 22-28)

posted by Jana Riess

We’ve all heard the saying: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s come home to me anew in this week’s chapters of the Twible. How long does it take for political leaders to turn sour? Political leaders who start […]

The Eclipse-d First Filler Novella of Stephenie Meyer: A Review of Bree Tanner

posted by Jana Riess

You’ve got your work cut out for you when you’re Stephenie Meyer. When you dare to write an in-between novella, the same people who criticized your doorstopping tomes of old now complain that you’re holding out on them by penning […]

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