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About Skippy R

Skippy R is retired after toiling as a scribe for a large denominational newspaper in Texas for about 40 years. He's written for The Wittenburg Door and Beliefnet. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Mrs. Skippy, and leads a Bible study in his home. Mostly spends time running after his grandkids. He is -- what are they calling it now? -- a Jesus follower.

‘Audacious in their Conjectures’: Why ‘MemeWatch’ Doesn’t Work

Conspiracy theories are in the news again. Actually, it seems like they’re everywhere. As I was binge-watching “Money Heist” on Netflix the other night, I noticed all the talk on that show about “sticking with the Plan” and “trust the … Continue reading

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Noah’s Lockdown Quarantine Blues

It was day 123 of the Ark lockdown, and Noah was having trouble finding distractions for his beleaguered family. Not seeing any other faces but their own was starting to wear everybody down, and tensions were running high. Noah – … Continue reading

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Memes and Facebook’s Truth Problem

I’m starting a new feature in my Facebook newsfeed called “Meme Watch.”  It will periodically investigate the accuracy of those pesky posts that pop up, devoid of sources, originating from questionable sites, claiming outrageous things or spinning conspiracies and rumor.

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Weekly Beastie: Godly, biblical names key to 2020 election

In past election years, conservative evangelicals have wisely gone beyond positions, platforms, policy papers, competence and character in evaluating a presidential candidate. Some have scrutinized their candidate’s favorite scriptures for insight into their souls. Others have simply opened their Bibles … Continue reading

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‘A Heart of Many Chambers’ (in the age of social media)

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”                          … Continue reading

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