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September 2008 Archives

Now and Later

posted by Patton Dodd

To the 11 of you who have discovered this blog so far: My launch timing could hardly have been worse. Posting has been and will continue to be light until October 9 because Beliefnet behind-the-scenes work is booming–with results you’ll […]

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Collect: Prayer for the Week

posted by Patton Dodd

Sometimes the timing of these things is uncanny. I spent part of the weekend with my stomach in knots and my head in fits over the news about the economy. The macro-level questions about the near future of our national […]

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Killing the Buddha All Over Again

posted by Patton Dodd

Killing the Buddha was one of my favorite web discoveries in the years just after college–a site packed with essays on religion that combined pained skepticism with genuine desire for human renewal. There was often a real humility to the […]

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We Forgot that Borrowers Have to Be Able to Repay

posted by Patton Dodd

Barry Ritholtz observes that one way to look at the current economics crisis is as a five-year hiccup in our approach to lending.  Over the entire history of human finance, the underlying premise of all credit transactions — loans, mortgages, […]

Dick Staub – “The Islam I Know”

posted by Patton Dodd

I admire Dick Staub a lot, and a few years ago had the pleasure of signing books in his company when we both had titles out from the same publisher and were joined in a conference booth. He’s hilarious and smart. […]

Mad Men – Joan’s glass ceiling and the early days of television advertising

posted by Patton Dodd

i should begin by writing lofty posts, but instead I’ll go with what’s most on my mind: “Mad Men.” I watched Sunday’s episode last night, and wanted to think about Rod Dreher’s question–Who is your favorite Mad Men character?–with a […]

Soft Pre-Launch

posted by Patton Dodd

The sidebar over yonder tells you all you need to know about the readiness of this here blog. I have not had time this week to get things up and running as they should be (and just think of all […]

So You Think Christians Can’t Dance? (still testing 123)

posted by Patton Dodd

One reason I love my church: We hardly ever do offertory hymns like this.

Should Christians Be Concerned about McCain? (testing 123)

posted by Patton Dodd

This is what it’d be like to use the “Post to MT” toolbar widget. Hmm. http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2008/09/is-the-ninth-commandment-a-les.html

This is only a test. Do not adjust your browswer.

posted by Patton Dodd

Stay tuned for a series of tests. If, in your lonely middle of thenight Internet Wave Riding, you should happen across this blog, notabene that it is only a test. A sidebar is coming, complete with neatowidgets. Real posts are […]

David Foster Wallace, R.I.P. (testing 123)

posted by Patton Dodd

The news that David Foster Wallace hung himself this weekend came as such a shock not only because it was the news of great loss for literary and academic culture–which it is–but also because it seemed like such a contrary […]

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The Last Text Message
Today is my last day with Beliefnet, and my last day as the author of this blog. The Text Messages archives will remain live at this location, but posting will cease. If that sounds gloomy, it's an accurate reflection of my mind this afternoon. I've chosen to pursue new opportunities, but I'm n

posted 3:47:12pm Feb. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Quitting Church: A Q&A with Julia Duin
Why do people stop going to church? This big question is the subject of Julia Duin's small book, Quitting Church: Why teh Faithful are Fleeing and What To Do About It. Duin is not a disinterested observer of the phenomenon of church-dropping; rather, she's a churchgoer who wants churches to work wel

posted 4:03:51pm Feb. 03, 2009 | read full post »

Rob Stennett vs. Marilynne Robinson
I'm overjoyed that my good friend Rob Stennett has won the Award of Merit from Christianity Today for his novel The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher. (Here's CT's review of the book.) Stennett's hilarious book is about a real estate agent who joins a suburban church in order to reach the Christian h

posted 2:36:44pm Jan. 30, 2009 | read full post »

What is spiritual restoration?
Slate asked for an essay on Ted Haggard's spiritual restoration. I'm okay with what I came up with for now, but the more I think about it, the more I think we need better thinking on what restoration looks like for very public, outspoken, influential men and women like Haggard:Most people who fail n

posted 9:00:56am Jan. 29, 2009 | read full post »

It's Not TV; it's Ted TV
A blog might not be the best medium for an essay like this. But I want to offer some more considered thoughts on Ted Haggard and his HBO documentary; I hope this performs some kind of service in a story that I hope will end--in its public iteration--very soon. This was written as a stand-alone essay

posted 3:57:44am Jan. 28, 2009 | read full post »

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