The Midwestern Crank

Rebranding Coming Soon

Sometime in the near future I’ll be doing a semi-routine rebranding of the site. (To quote the Goth girl Raj flirted with on Big Bang Theory, “Not that anyone cares.”)

The style will most likely stay the same, but the title will change from “The Midwestern Crank” to something less… cranky.… Read the rest

Anatomy of a Modern-Day Political Ad

Ominous music plays

Did you know that (Opponent name) (supports / opposes) (abortion / gun control / same sex marriage)? Even worse they want to (raise / lower) (your / upper class) taxes.

Cheerful music plays

(Candidate name) doesn’t, (he / she / they / xi) promise to stand up for you and your right to (abortion / gun control / same sex marriage).… Read the rest

Book Review: Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Being new to attending, and possibly joining, my local ELCA church, I was quick to ask which books would aid me in understanding Lutheran theology. I was pointed toward Accidental Saints by “Rockstar Lutheran” Nadia Bolz-Weber. I wasn’t unfamiliar with her ministry, having seen a few of her “blessed are…” videos online.… Read the rest

Book Review: “Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home”

I started reading this book some time ago and put it down. I picked it back up a couple days ago and remembered why I initially took a break from it.  From my published review on Goodreads:

I have personally walked away from evangelicalism.

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Little House on the (Title Redacted)

Purging Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Canon

One problem with censoring and expunging certain books and authors for their retrograde attitudes is that, ironically, it covers up and blinds us to the very evils they are accused of.

Some anti-slavery books, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Huckleberry Finn, are now considered racist because of their racial language and their “stereotypical” depictions of black people.  And yet these were the books that woke up Americans to the evils of racism!

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We aren’t a Christian nation, and we don’t act like one either.

From today’s ELCA daily bible reading:

For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors forever and ever.

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