Who Else Wants to Be a Whistleblower in Church?

Worship Week continues here on Bill inthe Blank at Patheos with a guest post by Barbara Buzzard claiming I am a whistleblower in the church. You can find out more about her family's ministry mission here. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:I am very grateful to the writer for his honesty.He has a kindred spirit here. I once heard a pastor say that he wanted us to get "mellow" via the music before his sermon. Not me. Mellow is the last thing I want to … [Read more...]

Review the Facts: The Brief Against Obama by Hugh Hewitt

Hyper-partisan fans of the President won’t like Hugh Hewitt’s latest book The Brief Against Obama: The Rise and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency, published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. But those seeking a candid review of the facts from a seasoned attorney and communicator will find it indispensable for deciding votes this November.Hugh’s strategy for the book is clear enough. He cites law partner Gary Wolensky to frame the task: “If you promise to show t … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Freedom and End Slavery: The Nomi Network

As we celebrate America’s independence this week, freedom is front and center. But it’s not so readily available for the many women around the world today who have little hope of escaping the modern-day slavery of sex and labor trafficking.The Nomi Network is working to change that.They are a new generation of abolitionist with the hearts of a Wilberforce and the business savvy of modern global entrepreneurs. They help free woman vulnerable to sex-trafficking by enabling them to pro … [Read more...]

Waiving Away the Law: God, Obamacare, and Immigration

President Obama once again this past week took action that raises a question that sounds like a child’s joke – but it’s no laughing matter. In fact, it reminds me of the fifth and final reason I believe God objects to the health care law commonly known as Obamacare.For those just arriving, you can find more about me here and my latest project here. I am passionate about connecting real life with real faith.The question raised by how Obamacare has been enforced and by the President's lates … [Read more...]

Why Obamacare Fails to Get God’s Vote (Part 3)

Often as we probe real life with real faith,  there are no easy answers. Only shades of grey. Not fifty of them, thank God, as my friend and author Joel J. Miller points out in his critique of that latest fad.  But there is a vital need to maintain a healthy balance between two equally essential values that exist in tension with one another. And that’s not a bad thing.My home site is here for now for those who want to know more about me. My latest project is here. My passion is connecting rea … [Read more...]

Why Obamacare Fails to Get God’s Vote (Part 1)

I know. I know. It’s not officially called Obamacare. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by any other name still fails to get God’s vote. And the reasons might surprise you.Hi. I’m Bill.It’s a privilege to partner with the cogent Christian thinkers and leaders who make up Patheos Evangelical. If you don't regularly visit these pages, you should. You'll find passionate and sincere writers that make you think deeply about life and faith.They say cool stuff, too. … [Read more...]