- American Indians balance native customs with Christianity: Some people assume Jason Thunderbird prays to eagles. Others are convinced he worships rocks. They seem disappointed, he said, when they learn he spends Sunday mornings reciting liturgical texts from a church pew. (Minnesota Public Radio)
- Pope Francis won the Internet. Literally: It’s official: Pope Francis is the most talked-about person on the planet. (CNN)
- The Unlikely Alliance That Ended Sunday Mail Delivery … in 1912: When the U.S. Postal Service teams up with Amazon to offer Sunday mail delivery, the move will mark the first Sunday mail delivery the U.S. has seen, with a few exceptions, for a century.
- Why is Calvinism so influential and not Lutheranism? There are lots more Lutherans than Calvinists. And Calvinism has all of those scary doctrines like double predestination and the limited atonement, whereas Lutheranism is, well, happier, with its emphasis on the certainty of grace, Christian freedom, and its affirmation of the secular realm as God’s hidden kingdom. And yet it’s Calvinism that has been so influential in English and American Christianity and the culture as a whole. (Gene Veith)
- Eat Like the Pilgrims this Thanksgiving. I think we’ll try some seal meat this year. And if you want to know why your favorite Thanksgiving dish isn’t on the list, check out The Not-So-Ancient History of 10 Thanksgiving Dishes.
Just for Fun
- Insane Domino Tricks. This is oddly mesmerizing.