Automattic… it’s a thing. And it’s now a rapidly growing and expanding thing, to the tune of $1.16 billion. As someone who pays their bills building websites with WordPress, I have a vested interest in Automattic and it’s vision for the future of the internet and WordPress specifically. I’m also really impressed with this 30-year… Read more My Commentary on the Forbes Interview with Matt Mullenweg
I’m an idealist. There’s not a soul out there that makes me lose faith in humanity (well, more or less… don’t get me started on the Westboro Baptist “Church”). I do believe we are all fragile, frail, and failing in general. But I also know that we all want the same things: happiness, peace, and… Read more What it Means to Give My Work Away
LINK: After vandalism at Lincoln Memorial, cleaning and questions Much remains unanswered as cleaners work to return the statue to its untarnished splendor. It really is horrible that someone felt it was important, or funny, or significant at all to just splash paint on the Lincoln memorial. I believe graffiti can be a legitimate form… Read more It’s Vandalism, not blasphemy
Taxes Go to Rebuild Houses of Worship Yesterday, Wednesday February 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 592, which will amend a previous bill to enable houses of worship to apply for federal reparations aid from FEMA. Here’s a couple things to keep in mind first: The bill it is amending already allows federal monies to… Read more Taxes Go to Rebuild Houses of Worship
Staying An Ash Wednesday Execution Wesley Allen Mercer is scheduled to die today by lethal injection in the state of Louisiana. Mercer beat his 6-year old son to death back in 1992 and has been on death row ever since his conviction. Considering Louisiana’s capital punishment laws It is no surprise that he is scheduled… Read more Staying An Ash Wednesday Execution
A handful of Arizona legislators would like to enforce a “loyalty oath” on graduating High School students. The Bill (HB 2467) says this: “Before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited… Read more “May God Help You Be an American!”
Congressional Chaplains Attend Anti-Obama Breakfast before Inaguration As the Presidential Inaguration is quickly approaching, Congresspersons are preparing an event called “The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast”. On the surface it seems like a well-intentioned, toothless form of civil religion. But a closer look at the schedule and featured speakers shows that it’s slated full of Obama… Read more Congressional Chaplains Attend Anti-Obama Breakfast before Inaguration
Church Politics Just as Ugly as State Politics An excellent piece that navigates how church politics are influenced by the public sphere over dogma and polity. Heady stuff, but it hits the sweet spot of the cross-over between Church/State. Enjoy!
Congregants get what Cardinals Don’t Amen to that!
New Holiday: Giving Tuesday Let’s start a NEW Holiday (because November/December just doesn’t have enough of them, right!?). Forget Black Friday, forget Cyber Monday. Let’s celebrate: GIVING TUESDAY Today, Giving Tuesday, let’s give to local and international charities out of our abundance and in thankfulness. Let’s give because much has been given to us. Let’s… Read more New Holiday: Giving Tuesday