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 what have you.) For years, mormon.org has presented a slick and carefully manufactured view of…

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 one spring (what’s that old saying about idle hands?), and wanders out to the palace…

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 Brewer announced that she’s directing $10 million in federal stimulus money to border cities and…

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 problem I see in my own life: all of these time-saving methods of communication have…

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Jana Riess

Jana Riess is the author of Flunking Sainthood, a 2011 book about failing at twelve different spiritual practices. She is also currently working on The Twible, a three-year Twitter project with humorous daily Bible updates for your amusement (find her on Twitter as @janariess). She has a few silly degrees from swanky schools but was never once able to climb the rope in gym class. Her spiritual director is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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