Tony Cartledge Blog

Wrecking forests, facing gods

Climatologists tell us that last year was the hottest on record, further evidence that global warming is not some figment of a liberal’s imagination, but a reality we all must live with. A geological history of periodic ice ages, shifting continents, and seas...

Now that’s (not) a trip …

Shopping just became more convenient in the Raleigh area, as the online retailer Amazon made it the 25th city in the country with a local warehouse and “free” two-hour delivery for “Prime” members (who pay $99 per year) within a range of zip...

For the birds

The news doesn’t seem to get any better lately: recent numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that women ministers make, on average, 76 cents for every dollar male ministers make for comparable work. That’s even worse than the 83 cents...

. . . and home of the mean?

Any perception that I’ve fallen down on blog-writing lately is right on the money. Other work and writing demands have something to do with that, along with the need for a break over the holidays, but that’s not all. The issues that most need addressing...

Beware the tube of demons

The Internet has been abuzz this week with mind-boggling footage of two prosperity preachers  defending their need to have private jets. In a recent episode of Kenneth Copeland’s “Believers’s Voice of Victory” talk show (Dec. 29, 2015), he and...

Of weather, and such …

Those who deny the reality of global warming are having an increasingly harder time of it as much of the country basks in 70+ degree temperatures during the week after Christmas. Thunderstorms and heavy spring-like rains tracked across the South, while Christmas Eve...

Let there be lights …

I’ve never been one to go whole hog for Christmas decorations, especially the outdoor variety. Our external decorations consist of a wreath on the door: inside, nativity sets on the mantel. The only lights are on the Christmas tree. The more stuff you put up, I...

Free at last …

  I sat down to write a blog today and realized it has been more than three weeks since the last one — not a good record if you want to keep an audience. It’s been a hairy time of the year, with Thanksgiving travels followed by books to proofread,...

Positivity

I always enjoy attending the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting (this year in Atlanta), but when days are long and folks get tired, it’s easy to become a bit ill. I’m not ordinarily a cantankerous person, but sometimes fall victim to grousing...