Do No Harm–It’s My First Rule of Bookselling

Posted: January 15, 2021 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

Remotely Intellectual

The other day, this lovely young woman came in to the bookstore and asked if we had any Christian books.

Ahem.

It was kind of awkward… because we have a spirituality section. But let’s just stay it leans heavily toward Buddhism, general spiritual pursuits (mindfulness, crystals, auras), and witchcraft. We do have a few Christian books. But they’re ones folks happened to donate. Which is to say, it’s certainly not a well-curated selection.

And, unexpectedly, as I was looking at this rather earnest young woman, I felt really bad about that.

My dance with Christianity has been long and storied. And, let’s suffice it to say that I have closed the chapter on that part of my spiritual journey. But, as often happens when you’re grieving a loss (and finally understanding that your childhood religion will no longer work for you–that it’s actually causing you great harm–is a loss), I…

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Dehumanity from Andersonville Civil War Prison

Posted: October 4, 2020 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

25th Amendment, Section 4

Posted: September 29, 2020 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

Tonight the President of the United States was given the chance to condemn white supremacy, and he did not.  Instead, he said to a white supremacist group, the Proud Boys, “to stand back and stand by.”

Tonight the President of the United States was asked to tell his supporters to refrain from violence regardless of the outcome of the election, and he did not.  Instead, he told them to patrol places where people would be going to vote, and he told the moderator that the election “would not end well.”

Your move, Mike Pence.  Here’s the appropriate place in the Constitution for your reference.

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

“Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.”