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What’s Good // What’s Bad

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

•  First, Christians didn’t want to bake wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples, but now a right-wing pastor, Lance Wallnau, is claiming that an ‘anointed cake’ freed a man from homosexuality. What’s next, donuts that cure heresy? Wait, I may need a dozen of those. Either way, this is Pat Robertson level craaaaazy. [JMG]

• An Alabama church wants to have their own armed police force. I thought the Bible was supposed to be the sword of the spirit, but apparently, someone’s been watching a little too much John Wick. This is what happens when the non-violent Jesus isn’t sexy enough and the church feels that all of this trusting in God business is way easier when you’re packing heat. Who would Jesus Shoot – WWJS [Huff Po]

• Enough of all the bad, want to hear a story about how the government is actually working together to make a positive change? Full Frontal with Samantha Bee aired a segment about the passing of a bill that will allow thousands of rape kits to be tested. This renewed my faith (briefly) in humanity and government.

•  We’ve got Nerf darts all over our house, but I’ve never once picked one up and thought, “I bet this can break the sound barrier.” Apparently, I was wrong. So much for being soft and safe.  [Uproxx]

If you see any snark-worthy news that’s either good or bad, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Everyone beware the dastardly anarchists of Portland! They’re sticking it to the man and creating havoc by… fixing potholes on the city streets? Yep, you read that right and Portland is having nothing of it. Join the resistance and fix something that helps the greater good. [Huff Po]

• A rabbi, a priest, and an atheist smoke weed together and talk about religion. Yep, it sounds like a joke, but it’s a beautiful picture of different viewpoints bonding (and bong-ing) around a common table. How about giving up preconceived notions for Lent. Anyone with me?

• We can’t have all good on the list this week with Trump’s new proposed budget torpedoing everything left in the government that was compassionate and beneficial. With planned cuts to the EPA, the Endowment of the Arts and even Meals on Wheels in [NPR] & [Huff Po]

• So guess what? While the governmental good gets the ax, the military and the wall get funded? Yeah, that’s a bad as bad can get. [ProPublica]

• Need some palate (or soul) cleansing after those last few points, how about some Bonhoeffer? Read about how Dietrich Bonhoeffer can speak to life in the Trump age. It’s an outstanding reminder of how we can (and should) learn from history and those that came before us. [Englewood Press]

If you see any snark-worthy news that’s either good or bad, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad: Kids Edition

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Life happens, especially when you have kids. It’s rarely expected, often embarrassing, but ultimately you just have to laugh. Take this example of a rogue kiddo as he interrupts a weatherman mid-broadcast to offer his own weather prediction, “There are farts everywhere. And toots!!” Someone hire this kid pronto. I want him to give me the weather every day.

• As a parent, we’ve always had those moments when the kiddos crash the party, interrupt a phone call or say something inappropriate (that they learned from us). This instance of a kid-tastrophe happened live during a BBC interview. I definitely believe this deserves to be in the parenting hall of fame. Hats off to Professor Robert E. Kelly, of Pusan National University in South Korea for keeping it together. Bonus points for his wife for cleaning up the hilarious carnage. We’ve all be there.

• Say hello to Madison, the newest viral video star. After winds swept through the state of Ohio last week, they had power outages and mass destruction. The winds were even enough to make four-year old, Madison Gardner fly.

• Can twenty-one kids take on Trump and the fossil fuel industry?  I truly hope so.

There’s a showdown a-brewin’ in the courts that has Trump taking on a group of organized and motivated young people from the advocacy group,  Our Children’s Trust. Per their website, “Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations.”

From Mashable: “If successful, this first-of-its-kind lawsuit could force even a skeptical government to curb carbon dioxide emissions and help communities adapt to the effects of global warming.”

Can I get an amen?

 

If you see any snark-worthy news that’s either good or bad, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

Discover What Materializes Between a Billionaire and Jesus

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Ever wonder what a conversation would look like between Jesus and President Donald Trump? Well, wait no longer. Here’s the Snarky Faith interpretation of a hypothetical interaction between the heavy-weight savior and the orange-light-weight POTUS. If you didn’t catch this on our show, here’s the dramatic reading of Karl Giberson’s satire “Jesus at Trump Tower.”

Enjoy.

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You can find Karl’s original piece here: [Huff Po]

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.28.17

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Did you catch the Oscar flub heard ’round the world? I loved the look on Warren Beatty’s face when he looked at the incorrect card… it sooo reminded me of what it looks like when my mom tries to take a picture with her iPhone. It’s almost as laughable as the fact that Mike Pence uses an AOL email account. That should be grounds for something…

• Oh, Iowa state Senator, Mark Chelgren… you made quite the faux pas when you decided to post in your government website bio that you had a business degree, when in fact, all you had was a certificate from a Sizzler restaurant’s training program. When asked about this ‘mistake’ Chelgren replied that he was confused with the terms  “…because apparently a degree and a certificate are different.” I worked at Chuck E. Cheeses when I was a teenager, does that mean that I’m a licensed animal control officer? Perhaps.  [WaPo]

• Peeps are now an annual Lenten/Easter tradition. This year, they have debuted a new, limited edition Oreo Peeps. While that is news in itself, folks are noticing that eating these processed delicacies have had quite the reaction. Not only does it dye your tongue pink… it also has a similar effect on your poo. Does it count if we give up regularly colored poo for Lent?  [Huff Po]

• Looks like Jesus needs to give up escalators for Lent…

• Jesus isn’t the only zombie you’ll encounter this Easter season, Randolph county residents in Indiana had a bit of a scare when emergency radio alerts of a zombie attack were broadcast last week. They were later deemed to be the product of a joke/hack, but it’s gotta make you wonder. Stranger Things do happen in Indiana…

Either way, stay vigilant, my snarky friends and remember the quote from Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead, “Humans who believe they have outrun their undead pursuers might do well to remember the story of the tortoise and the hare, adding, of course, that in this instance the hare stands a good chance of being eaten alive.”  😉

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If you see any snark-worthy news that’s either good or bad, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.21.17

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This weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Ken Ham, you saucy minx of a creationist. You have truly outdone yourself this time… and I don’t say that lightly. This past week, via Twitter, the Answers in Genesis poster-boy debuted a new exhibit in his Kentucky’s “Ark Encounter” theme park that features humans, giants, and dinosaurs battling to the death in a Roman-style arena. Sure this sounds crazy, but you know what’s worse? The fact that they dropped $101 million to create the Ark Experience to push their new earth agenda. Hey Ken, sometimes the answers are not in Gene$i$, they’re apparently in your wallet. This smells like someone is taking a page out of Jim Bakker’s playbook. Heritage USA anyone? 

 

• After that ark madness, want something truly great to bring a smile to your face? Sure we all do. This may go down in history as one of the best post-game interviews ever. Check out pool player, Naoyuki Oi’s post-match interview in all its broken-English glory. It’s pure joy. The British interviewer couldn’t even handle himself as he simply responded, “I’ve not ever done an interview quite like this…”

• I’ll be the first to admit that I incidentally, yet routinely butcher people’s names. It’s not my strongest suit, but, I’m also not the White House press secretary. Feel like, having Sean Spicer butcher your name? With the help of the Sydney Morning Herald you too can be spicer-ized. Spicey dubbed me Stubbins Delt. Drop your ‘new’ name in the comments section below.  [SMH]

• If you enjoy the wilted delights of canned veggies, you may want to read this interesting article that dives into the FDA’s Defect Levels Handbook. It’s reassuring to know that we have acceptable lives of large and mildew in our food. Yummers! [Huff Po]

• Ever want to see Donald Trump eat his own words? Well, are some wise words from candidate Trump speaking about the failings of President Trump (sort of). Retroactive hypocrisy has never been so much fun. Thanks Stephen Colbert!

• Looking for a great read? You should head on over to Kimberly Stover’s great blog post entitled, “If Being a Christain Means XYZ, then I am NOT a Christian.” That’ll preach.

• Living in Trump’s world can be pretty taxing and stressful for a lot of us. Living in the bizarro world is never easy, but I’ve got a great way for you to relax. Electronic singer-songwriter, Moby, has created some amazing ambient music for this just issue. To put it in his own words, “over the last couple of years I’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when I do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic.  I ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.”

Who doesn’t like free music?  [Download Long Ambients1 by Moby here]

If you see any snark-worthy news, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.14.17

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This  weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Oh, John Oliver, we missed you. Returning from hiatus, the Last Week Tonight host came back with the bang that we all needed. John may have found one of the few ways to influence our megalomaniac Orange POTUS… through a slew of commercials (made by Oliver and his team), set to air on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox news against their morning news shows in the Washington, D.C., area – because we know Trumpy uses cable news as his official daily briefing. Enjoy.

• Need some inspiration? Need a pep talk? Check out Denzel Washington’s eloquent speech a the Image awards. It gave me all the feels. Thank you, Denzel!

• Can we save the planet, one burger at a time? Pat Brown seems to think so. NPR did a fascinating story of one man’s journey to make the best veggie burger that looks and tastes like a real burger. Is this a step towards saving the planet? Yes, and it’s a delicious one. [NPR]

• I’m not sure if I’m disgusted or impressed. “Hammer Head” John Ferraro crushed his way to a record earlier last week for the Guinness World Book of Records. What did Ferraro do? Well, he pounding 38 nails into a board with his skull in under two minutes. Yep, you heard me correctly. And we all thought our President was thick headed…

• Lastly, you can stream Ryad Adams’s new album, Prisoner over on NPR. It’s beautiful, vulnerable and heartbreaking. I may be a biased, fanboy, but I really loved this album. You’re welcome (in advance). [NPR]

If you see any snark-worthy news, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.7.17

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This  weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Need an escape from the orange turd-tornado in Washington DC? How about a shark-filled tornado instead? Yes, the fifth (you read that correctly) installment of the craptastic film (if we can call it that) series, Snarknado, is coming back for more. This escapism at its made-for-tv movie finest. Five different shark-infested tornados? If there was ever proof that climate change is real, this must be it. [EW]

• Oh, Fox and Friends, why, oh why, do you try to act like snarky theologians? That’s my job you silly little tools. They were trying to mock Rev. Al Sharpton who tweeted last week that Jesus was a refugee, which, in fact, he was (read Matthew 2:13). If you’re going to try and throw shade at Rev. Al, at least get your facts straight. Even Pope Francis said in 2014, “He [Jesus] was a refugee.” Sounds like someone (and their friends) needs to go back to Sunday school.

• Anyone want to see what it looks like to have a civil dialogue between an atheist and a Catholic? Check out the interchange between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Both are respectful but stand their ground. This is what civility and respect should look like. We need more of this in our world.

• Looking for a good, informative read? You should check out The Atlantic’s piece on the rise of Putin’s America. It’s informative and frightening about how Trump’s ventriloquist became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere.  [The ATL]

• Want some good satire? You should go and check out Karl Giberson’s new piece called “Jesus at Trump Tower.” Just like the title suggests, it’s a fictitious conversation between the Son of God and the POS POTUS. It’s beautiful, it’s snarky, it’s everything… plus Karl is on our show next week.  [Huff Post]

• Did you catch this in the news? Mc Donald is looking to erase the separation of church and state? Yep, that’s a thing… a scary thing. [Huff Post]

• I loved Netflix’s new Stranger Things ad, but really? Are we supposed to wait until the end of October for this? Com’on! #firstworldproblems

• Hopefully, you caught this during the Super Bowl. If not, you should really spend the five minutes to see 84 Lumber’s full Super Bowl ad? It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking story about a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens. Deemed too controversial to show in its entirety, you can see the whole video here. Enjoy.

If you see any snark-worthy news, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!

 

Blessed are the meek, for yours is the Kingdom of God

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Guest post by Darius Abyecto //

What happens when we talk about Scripture? Our words lay a path that points our feet in a certain direction. Or perhaps, our feet are pointed in the direction laid for us by the words of others. Often, these words follow a trajectory around our centers of gravity, which are points of reference in our immediate context. We tell ourselves stories that flow around these cultural centers, following the path of least resistance. More specifically, we pick and choose those points of reference that correspond to the ways that we understand ourselves in our context. These notions are not revolutionary: that we each read scripture with a lens shaped by our own perspectives and the influence of our tribes.

If we accept this presumption, how might we understand Jesus’ words here? Some have interpreted Jesus’ teaching (or rather, the subsequent Christian tradition) as delaying justice for existing suffering into a transcendent Kingdom. Similarly, some have understood such a subversion as weaker people creating a moral system so that they can exert power over stronger people. Some read this passage as an imperative that the followers of Jesus be meek, whether in possession or in desire. Each of these readings aids in constructing Christian identity, either from the outside as critique, or from the inside as a participant. Is it possible to read this scripture as an imperative to abandon our quest to further construct identity? Is this a case of losing our lives in order to find them?

The Kingdom of God belongs to the meek, as Jesus denotes possession in his statement. Thus, if one does not belong to “the meek”, then one does not possess the Kingdom of God. Jesus also uses a present verb to describe this possession. Jesus did not say, “Blessed are the meek, for yours will be the Kingdom of God.” Unless something has changed since Jesus spoke these words, the meek currently possess the Kingdom of God. Jesus capitalizes this statement of possession by emphasizing that the meek are blessed.

I take away several points of emphasis from Jesus’ statement here, and each point leads me further from a quest to construct some sense of identity. In fact, this statement challenges that quest in its essence. First, if I am not meek, then the Kingdom does not belong to me. Now, as mentioned above, this notion has lead people to reconstruct their identities as “meek” in the past. However, I read this to mean that if I am not meek, then I am sojourning in someone else’s territory when I step foot into the Kingdom of God. I have become the foreigner, the stranger, and the wanderer. Neither bible study, nor donation, nor volunteering, nor virtue purchase a plot of land in this Kingdom.

Subsequently, the ones who possess the Kingdom are blessed. Channeling the ancients, blessed refers to a life of divine favor, or a life to be sought after. If we want to envision “our best life”, then, at least in part, we should expect to be meek. I remember listening to a pastor talk about spending time with a local businessman who had become a multi-billionaire because he wanted to learn from someone who “obviously” had the wisdom and blessing of God. Clearly, this is not what Jesus envisioned. Meek refers to someone who is bent over, cowering, low to the ground, impoverished, and destitute. In other words, the meek are those who have been put on the opposite of a pedestal; they have been put into the pit. Laying low, the meek are often imperceptible in our field of vision. We pass by the meek every day, either averting our eyes so that we can avoid inconveniencing our routine self-affirmations, or simply gazing through the meek, as they are unworthy of our attention. The meek are a difficult group to pose for our standard, as they are invisible to our eyes.

So, if I am not meek, then what am I? Jesus’ teaching makes me become a question to myself. Rather than declaring myself blessed, I ask for mercy, because I am not the blessed. Rather than asking to be sought out or listened to, I would rather seek out and listen to those who are nearly impossible to see. I need to see rather than be seen. In an age of pictures, opinions, rationales, posts, likes, subcultures, logos, brands, bylines, and buzzwords, Jesus’ words here tear down rather than construct. I am not. Or maybe, I need to learn from those who don’t quite have an “I am”, or whose “I am” sits like Lazarus being licked by the dogs. Rather than build a temple to myself, should I not search under every stone to find the meek, the blessed, sitting just outside the gate? These are the ones who possess the Kingdom, and these are the ones that are our blessed.


Darius Abyecto
Polymath, zenarchist and all around monkey wrencher. My passions include reading the fine print, making lists, and the Bourse du Travail. I always learn from the mistakes of others who take my advice. Currently pursuing a PhD in the architecture of pits and wells.

What’s Good // What’s Bad 1.31.17

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This is a new weekly feature giving you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• When one thinks about the state of Mississippi, what comes to your mind? Progressive thought? A full mouth of teeth? Perhaps, indoor plumbing? Well, none of those may be standard in MS, but State Representative, Tom Weathersby, has finally found the key to fixing the armpit of the United States and [spoilers] it’s not deodorant or education. Weathersby’s contribution is putting a stop to… [wait for it] saggy pants. God bless our public servants their ineptitude knows no bounds! [Huff Post]

• Like Starbucks coffee and immigrants? Well, this is for you. Starbucks has said it will hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in next 5 years. It’s a beautiful, bold move that has some boycotting the franchise. Well done, Starbucks… you’ve always had my gold-card-love business and will continue to do so!  [NPR]

Stranger Things won big at the SAG awards with is amazing in itself, but David Harbour’s (Chief Hopper) speech brought the house down. It was eloquent and timely. Bonus points for Winona Ryder’s coked out reactions while on stage. Wino Forever! Sadly, no one thanked Barb for her sacrifice. RIP Barb. You are not forgotten.

• Feeling like you took a bottle of crazy pills when you read the news lately? Well, all I can offer you is some delightful escapism. Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police as an anthem of dissent. It’s beautiful, haunting and timely. Adams finds gold in the ashes & fire of our current crisis.

• I know that everything seems wibbly wobbly right now, but David Tennant assures us that everything will be alright. He is The Doctor, so I’m inclined to believe him. Allons-y!

If you see any snark-worthy news, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!