Bulletproof Faith

Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians By Candace Chellew-Hodge San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThere's a book called UnChristian, by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons, which provides an eye-opening look at how young people who are non-Christian perceive Christianity. The single most common descriptor that the outsiders used to describe their perception of Christianity was that it is anti-homosexual. Not just that most Christians … [Read more...]

Why Should Evangelicals Read the Mystics?

My co-worker and fellow Lay-Cistercian Jacquie alerted me to the following essay (and blogger's commentary thereof):Why Should Thoughtful Evangelicals Read the Medieval Mystics?Christian History Blog: Prominent Reformed Evangelical Promotes Medieval MysticsSince I'm not an evangelical (in the sectarian sense of the word), I'll refrain from commenting on these essays, other than to note that I since I don't share the perspective from which these writers come from, naturally I don't share … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

I am certainly no judge of television, since I have never watched it. All I know is that there is a sufficiently general agreement, among men whose judgment I respect, that commercial television is degraded, meretricious and absurd. Certainly it would seem that TV could become a kind of unnatural surrogate for contemplation: a completely inert subjection to vulgar images, a descent to a sub-natural passivity rather than an ascent to a supremely active passivity in understanding and love. It … [Read more...]

Going Up?

Going Up? By Zehnder Monster Palm Entertainment, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanA generation ago, Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman plaintively wondered, "Why should the devil have all the good music?" Those of us who were around when Norman was in his prime — and who have watched Christian music evolve from the naivetë of the early "Jesus Music" years (think 2nd Chapter of Acts and early Phil Keaggy), through the awkward adolescent years (Stryper!!!) to the perfectly enjoyable if more pr … [Read more...]


Wordpress (the engine that drives this blog) has a cool new interface that makes it easier for me to post Twitter-like status updates: just like this one. I think I'll be having fun with this... … [Read more...]

I need a Hebrew scholar to help me with a passage in Isaiah

If you are reading this blog and you are a scholar of Hebrew — or know someone who is — please get in touch (or have your friend get in touch) with me. I'm interested in the following passage, which I am going to present in three different English versions: first, a Jewish translation, then two Christian renderings. The passage in question is Isaiah 45:4-5.For the sake of My servant Jacob, Israel My chosen one, I call you by name, I hail you by title, though you have not known Me. I am the LOR … [Read more...]