This will drive Sunday School teachers mad — Every analogy of the Trinity is heresy

March 23, 2014 | 2 comments

I’m late posting a St. Patrick-themed video, but if you are or ever have been a religion geek, you’ll get a kick out of this anyway.

A couple simple Irishmen ask St. Patrick to explain the Trinity to them…and then call him out for heresy…

Condensing books of the Bible into single, minimalist illustrations [15 pictures]

March 10, 2014 | 3 comments

When not serving in his primary role as a Presbyterian pastor and liturgical studies Ph.D. student, Joseph Novak is a freelance graphic designer. Novak notes,

In an age of information overflow, sometimes we need to strip away the many words which obfuscate meaning and rely on simple symbolic shapes to introduce us to themes beyond the text.

To that end, Novak has reimagined most of the books of the Bible as pieces of minimalist art…

6 Job

He’s quick to clarify, “The Minimum Bible is not trying to replace the Bible. Rather, it serves as a sort of visual diving board back into the text.”

You can purchase prints of any of the 60 pieces in the series over at Minimum Bible. Here are some examples…

Genesis — The 7 days of creation

1 Genesis

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Sweet little girl directs church choir with all her emotional heart

March 4, 2014 | 1 comment

A youngster feels the music in a Kyrgyzstani church and lets it flow out of her hands…

(via Gawker)

There is no Devil, and it’s all because of Obama

February 18, 2014 | 3 comments

You may remember that when the miniseries “The Bible” came out last year there was a bit of a social media firestorm surrounding the fact that the Devil in the show looked not unlike our President…

Obama and Satan

The producers didn’t want to relive that embarrassment, so when they re-edited the show to condense it into a movie, they made some slight plot changes. And guess what? No more Satan!

Thanks a lot, Obama!

What the creationists at the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate want to say to evolutionists [13 pics]

February 5, 2014 | 101 comments

At the debate yesterday between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, apologist for young earth creationism, Matt Stopera asked a number of those there in support of Ham to jot a quick note to those who don’t believe in creation.

Here are several of their responses…

Creationists' Notes to Evolutionists - 01

Creationists' Notes to Evolutionists - 02

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Handy flowchart shows when you’re allowed to have sex (if you’re a man in England in the middle ages)

January 28, 2014 | No comments

From the 7th to the 11th centuries, many Anglo-saxon priests kept documents called penitentials. These were lists of sins and the required penance you had to endure in order to be absolved should you participate in that sin.


For example…

If any bishop slays someone, he is to forfeit his orders and fast 12 years, 7 on bread and water, and for 5 years 3 days each week, and on the others partake of his food.

The lists were tediously strict, specific, and extensive. And of course, along with many other areas of life, sexual experience was thoroughly covered by the penitentials’ prohibitions.

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These dogs won’t eat dinner until a prayer has been said for fellow dogs who still need loving homes

January 21, 2014 | No comments

Many people pray before their meals, but not many dogs participate in this tradition.

These two are the exception. Watch as they wait to eat the food in front of them until a prayer has been said asking that “all the dogs in the shelter get a warm embrace in a new loving home”…

(via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Transgender woman asks city councilman to barbarously execute her…or change his mind

January 20, 2014 | 1 comment

After a lone member of Shreveport’s city council introduced a bill to repeal a recently passed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, Shreveport citizen and transgender woman Pamela Raintree stood before the council and invited that councilman to follow through on his claim that “the bible tells you homosexuals is an abomination”…

After this visual aid, along with an hour of additional public outcry, the motion to repeal was withdrawn.

Fire-and-brimstone preacher blasts an appalling kids TV show, doesn’t realize it’s satire

January 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Wonder Showzen was a short-lived sketch comedy show that aired on MTV2 in the mid-2000s. The humor was dark, often offensive, and clearly for adults, but the running gag that set the show apart was that it was filmed like a children’s public television show.

Even though parody can be ruined when it’s pointed out, the makers of Wonder Showzen didn’t take any chances and began each episode with this warning…

Wonder Showzen contains offensive, despicable content that is too controversial and too awesome for actual children. The stark, ugly, and profound truths Wonder Showzen exposes may be soul-crushing to the weak of spirit. If you allow a child to watch this show, you are a bad parent or guardian.

Despite this, at least one person didn’t know the show was a fake children’s show. Wild Baptist pastor Danny Castle didn’t notice it was satire and took his congregation through a clip scene by scene bemoaning that this what we let our children watch these days. His unfounded outrage just gets funnier and funnier throughout…

(via Boing Boing)

Pastor performs a 1-minute church service so he can watch the 49ers play

January 13, 2014 | 2 comments

Yesterday, Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Montana had a schedule conflict…

On the one hand, he wanted to see the 49ers play the Panthers in the playoffs, and on the other hand, he was somewhat obligated to hold his church’s second Sunday morning service. Both were supposed to happen at 11:00.

His solution? a 60-second service…

(via Digg)