Thinking Religion 94: Any Religious Left or Any Religion Left?

Thomas and Sam discuss the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, and what that means for the country’s religious landscape.

 

Thinking Religion 93: “All we have to do now is to take these lies and make them true (somehow)”

Thomas and Sam kick off the 2017 season of Thinking Religion.

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  • Sam’s January 1 “sermon”I think I realize now that the author chose to include the massacre of the infants in the nativity story of Jesus to establish not only Jesus’ claims to being the Messiah or to connect Jesus with Moses and the Exodus, but also to plant the seed that Jesus was born into a broken world that has always slaughtered innocents and still does. Jesus’ challenge to the authority of his time ended with his own slaughtering.”
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Thinking Out Loud 130: The Next Iteration

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How have my goals changed? Have I failed or succeeded? How do I know if I have failed or succeeded? Elisabeth and Merianna reflect on 2016 and share their dreams and plans for 2017.

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Thinking Out Loud 129: If You Are Going to Be Crazy, Find Some Friends

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Should I take time to edit and draft my manuscript today? Aren’t there more important things that I need to get done? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about allowing yourself the time to explore your creativity and engage the things that enrich your soul, but sometimes you can’t do that without a friend to help you out.

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Thinking Out Loud 128: Finding Truth

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What is truth? Is the author’s intent knowable? Elisabeth and Merianna talk trying to discover truth as they wade through their own manuscripts, talk about the Gilmore Girls Revival, and reflect on the presidential election results.

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Thinking Out Loud 127: Violence and Trigger Warnings Creating Authentic Worlds

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Does the world you created ring true? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how and when to include violence in your manuscript and why it is important to not be gratuitous as you include tough subjects. Are you brave enough to write about tough subjects?

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Thinking Out Loud 126: Virtual Realities (Creating Believable Worlds in Fiction and Fantasy)

Where are we? Authors have the ability to create new worlds and new experiences for their readers. Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the research, time, and effort it takes to create these worlds in fantasy, fiction, and nonfiction. The tiniest crack in world creation can throw readers off and create a disconnect rather than a connection to your audience. Do you have what it takes to create a whole, new world?

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Thinking Out Loud 125: How To Get Things Done

What do you do when you have some down time and are in between projects? Get things done! Elisabeth and Merianna talk about tools to keep you on track and remind yourself that there’s always something you can be doing to help your business or writing process.

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Wunderlist
Remember the Milk
Freshbooks
Rescue Time
What to Do When it’s Your Turn by Seth Godin

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