The troll and the coward

Somebody called me a coward yesterday.It was a guy who had become a Facebook friend of mine. We'll just call him "M." I didn't know him, but we had a few mutual friends and so when M. requested that we be friends, I accepted.We didn't have any interaction until yesterday, when I posted the following status update on my Facebook page: Matthew 25:31-46: the Christian mandate for social justice. I'll freely admit: this was a response to Glenn Beck's telling his listeners that they should avoid … [Read more...]

That which is different

My brother Don and I were chatting this morning, and I mentioned an evangelical friend of mine who has a "secret" interest in Catholic mysticism. Don, who describes himself as an "agnostic hedonist," made the following fascinating observation: You know, the evangelical movement could do so much good, but people's fear of that which is different just screws things up. Now, in their defense, the fear of "that which is different" is not unique to evangelicals (or to Christians in general). In fact, … [Read more...]