1. Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist dispels the myth that atheists hate being told, "Have a Blessed Day." No word yet on what atheists say during an orgasm.
2. Over at Huffington Post, Emily Timbol criticizes Timothy Kurek's new book The Cross in the Closet. Excerpt:
What's sad is that every interaction Timothy had during his year pretending was fake. The people he met thought he was something he was not. He was welcomed under false pre-tenses, acting like someone who understood the struggle that his LGBT friends faced. He did not. His heart might have been in the right place, and his intentions might have been pure, but what he leaves is a wake of people lied to. In this case, the ends don't justify the means. Especially not when the ends could have been reached without lying to anyone.3. Shay Kearns asks what radical living looks like. (Spoilers: He's still trying to figure that one out, too.)
4. Matthew Paul Turner explains that the real reason why LifeWay Books won't carry Rachel Held Evans' new book isn't because she said the word "vagina:"
Another reason that we don’t like talking about is because Rachel has a vagina. Let me explain. Even before LifeWay read the first word of Rachel’s book, the fact that she is a female author, limited what those words were allowed to say and also to whom Rachel was allowed to say them to. Being a woman limits an author’s biblical platform according to LifeWay.
5. And finally, Joy Bennett writes a guest post for Seth Haines dispelling the idea that Jesus will calm every storm in your life.