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Should Americans buy Hauwei phones?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:53:59 +0000

The Mate 10 looks like a pretty amazing device and I’ve wondered at times whether I should pick up a Hauwei device to make sure I’m staying on top of things. Last week, U.S. intelligence officials warned citizens about buying devices from Chinese companies such as Hauwei and ZTE over concerns that there are potential […] The post Should Americans buy Hauwei phones? appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



Sumer and the Modern Paradigm

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:59:53 +0000

Modern artists discovered Sumerian art between the world wars, at a time when British and American archaeological missions were working in southern Iraq. But archaeologists like Leonard Woolley, head of the mission in Ur were less fascinated by their finds. They considered Mesopotamian art inferior to Egyptian and to Graeco-Roman art and thought Mesopotamian iconography […] The post Sumer and the Modern Paradigm appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



School Shootings in America Since 2013

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:51:00 +0000

Since 2013, there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America — an average of about one a week. Source: School Shootings in America Since 2013 The post School Shootings in America Since 2013 appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



Baptist Fields

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:58:45 +0000

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to […] The post Baptist Fields appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



“Celebrate Valentine’s Day without compromising your Christian faith on Ash Wednesday”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:53:25 +0000

My advice is that American Christians have much bigger issues to concern themselves with than whether or not they can reconcile Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, so stop taking yourself so seriously… On Feb. 14, many Christians face a dilemma as they try to reconcile their faith with the traditional celebrations of romantic love. How […] The post “Celebrate Valentine’s Day without compromising your Christian faith on Ash Wednesday” appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



Show and Tell: Handling Art at the Wurtele Center

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:45:37 +0000

My time with the incredible finds from Dura Europos at the Yale University Art Gallery are some of my fondest memories… Walking alongside the shelves, one can step from intricate African sculptures to ancient Greek vases to Chinese porcelain to a collection of Picasso ceramics. Opposite the entrance and behind glass display cases are a […] The post Show and Tell: Handling Art at the Wurtele Center appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



Thinking Baptists: CBF’s Illumination Project Recap

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:04:43 +0000

Merianna and I released a new episode of our rebooted Thinking Baptists podcast last night reflecting on our own personal feelings about the CBF’s Illumination Project as well as our own viewpoints regarding church policies at the institutional and local levels… The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson and The Rev. Sam Harrelson break down this week’s […] The post Thinking Baptists: CBF’s Illumination Project Recap appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



“What is the spirit saying here?”

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:10:36 +0000

Good reflection by Julia Pennington-Russell here on the CBF’s Illumination Project work as well as moralism, legalism, and theopolitics regardless of denomination: And many, maybe most, CBF churches are so anxious about jeopardizing a fragile harmony that they avoid even the mildest conversation about human sexuality, even as their LGBTQ brothers and sisters suffer outside the […] The post “What is the spirit saying here?” appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:38:18 +0000

Here are results from the 18-month long Illumination Project that the CBF launched to address its controversial anti-LGBTQ hiring policy back in 2016. Thomas and I did an episode of Thinking Religion last night to share some thoughts if you’d like to know where I stand. To reflect the practice of most of its congregations, the […] The post CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement appeared first on Sam Harrelson.



“Did they worship this car?”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:05:56 +0000

“He wondered what aliens might think if they ever came across the Roadster drifting through space. After all, SpaceX packed other weird items in the car, among them a small toy Hot Wheels Roadster (complete with a miniature Starman) on the dashboard. “Maybe [it will be] discovered by an alien race, thinking, ‘What were these […] The post “Did they worship this car?” appeared first on Sam Harrelson.