Tag Archives: Pinned

Posts I think are worthier than the rest, for easier reference instead of simply scrolling through the flood.

“Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” — Eph. 4:26


I had a bit of a realization regarding this passage. In my youth, I heard Phyllis Diller say this meant, “Stay up and fight!” which was a comic line that got a laugh. Funny how things you hear in your youth can pollute the meaning.

I think she’s almost right (and she probably knew it), but this morning’s thought is: don’t nurture and burnish your anger. It’s false comfort to do so. You may not get your issue resolved, but you should at least bring it up for discussion. Anyway, anger is a secondary emotion. It comes from something else, like hurt, fear, a sense of injustice, etc. It’s ok to be angry, but watch what you do with your anger. And maybe be aware of what’s under/behind it by the time you go to sleep, since sleeping on it might sort of cement it in place.

I know, blithe statements from the Bible and (pseudo-) wisdom from a fool. But, still.

Also, from one commentary (Oxford Bible Commentary), on “deceitful desires”: “the desire which constantly promises but never fully satisfies.” Hmm. Like… burnished anger?

There’s racial bias in our police systems. Here’s the overwhelming proof. – Washington Post

“There’s racial bias in our police systems. Here’s the overwhelming proof. – Washington Post” https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/opinions/systemic-racism-police-evidence-criminal-justice-system/

Racial disparity and over-policing in our criminal justice (“justice”) system, among other things.

I know I mentioned this particular article before, but I can’t find it on a search. Fortunately, Google still serves.


Faithful and Inclusive- The Bible, Sexuality, and the United Methodist Church | Institute For Discipleship


I was fortunate enough to participate in this small-group study, and I really recommend it. It’s not particularly Methodist, and there’s a link to a really good handout with questions to consider. Maybe consider plunking down for this, if you have the cash.

[Update: here. I’ll save you a click: https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Faithful-and-Inclusive-Participant-Guide-042720.pdf]

Elie Wiesel: We must take sides


You can find this quote a million places on the web, 850,000 of them being beautiful images which cannot be text-searched. I choose to pin this one, repeated by a well-known presidential biographer. (At least, that’s how I think of him.)

Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) Tweeted: The truth of this from Elie Wiesel is especially clear now:

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”

These disinformation researchers saw the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ coming


So… we need curated debunking sites that we pay for? Are there such things already? Where are they? How do I find them?

«The early notion that users could be both producers and consumers of information has turned platforms into information landfills, where people are forced to sift through increasingly dangerous garbage in the search for real information.»

«”More people intentionally — because they want to mislead or due to their own confirmation biases — are picking and choosing information that is misleading and spreading information that may be leading us away from the best collective understanding of what’s going on.”

Conspiracy theories are powerful because, unlike science, they are uncomplicated and explain a chaotic world in a way that gives the believer a feeling of control.»

Ok, this is cool, after googling “curated debunking”: https://www.dw.com/en/fact-checking-a-curated-guide-to-resources-and-ideas/a-54509776

And, yes, I already knew about snopes, but it always seemed aimed at some particular piece of crazy chain email your Republican aunt forwarded you.