Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp A Film by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2006 Review by Carl McColmanVladimir Lenin said, “Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” Yes, it’s a scary thought – and that primal intuitive sense that it’s wrong to brainwash or indoctrinate children lies at the bottom of the emotional power driving this non-fiction reality film about children who attend a charismatic/fundamentalist Christian summer camp deep in America’s heartland. … [Read more...]

Martha Ainsworth’s Contemplative Webpage

It's a little out of date, not having been updated since 2002, so a number of the links on it are broken. But it's a very pretty site, and a nice clean introduction to the contemplative world: Contemplative Spirituality: a Guide. … [Read more...]

Letter for Mike

My friend Margarita, who is a conservative Christian, has a friend of hers named Mike who is interested in Celtic culture and so she decided to give him a copy of 366 Celt. But, since the book has such a strong Pagan focus and she herself is hardly a Pagan, she wanted to give him a sense of the book's back story. So she asked me to write a letter to the young man, situating the book both in my own spiritual journey and in my ongoing efforts to balance my devotion to Christ and Catholicism with … [Read more...]

Scary Sexist Homophobic Christian Preacher of the Day

From the blog of Peter Rollins I learned about this horrorshow video on church planting and the discipleship of men, featuring a west-coast pastor named Mark Driscoll:Okay, am I missing something here? I can agree with Driscoll's idea that young men need Christ's message more than any other segment of society. But his is a pandering and gynophobic strategy to evangelize the guys. By implicitly endorsing many of our culture's homophobic and patriarchal assumptions of what it means to be "a … [Read more...]

Why the Christian Right is Wrong

Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future By Robin Meyers San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006 Review by Carl McColmanThis is one of those books where the titles says it all. Based on a speech that UCC minister Robin Meyers gave at a college rally that took on a life of its own thanks to the Internet, Why the Christian Right is Wrong throws down the gauntlet for anyone who is tired of the way that bad right-wing politics hides … [Read more...]

That Catholic Show

Some friends of mine have created a video podcast called That Catholic Show. Five episodes so far, each providing a lighthearted look at one aspect or another of the Catholic faith. The most recent episode is a little fuzzy on its history (the script writers seem to have the Middle Ages and the Renaissance confused), but theologically it's spot on — and it includes footage shot at my place of employment, the Abbey Store. … [Read more...]

Chapels in the Shrine

Here are photos of my two favorite chapels at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: the Crypt Church and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. … [Read more...]