Alone yet not Alone is one of those small but ambitious “faith-based-films” that usually get little traction in the Hollywood world. Some of my students and people I know here at Patrick Henry College worked on it. But I don’t think anybody expected it to win an Oscar nomination, which it did for “best original song.” Listen to All 5 Tunes Nominated for the ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar.
You may have heard about the little boy who wanted to distribute to his class candy canes with messages about they symbolize Jesus and the Gospel. His teacher wouldn’t let him. So Glenn Beck, Fox News, and many Christian activists have been excoriating that teacher.
But Hillsdale professor Korey Maas says that the teacher first consulted her principal, who told her that the school did not allow that kind of “witnessing” in class. And she is far from being a militant secularist or the worse things she is being called.
In fact, she is herself a pious and confessional Christian, though it would be impossible to discern as much from the coverage of much Christian media.
I know this because I was present at her baptism; I participated in the catechesis leading to her reception into the theologically (and, overwhelmingly, politically) conservative Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; I preached at her wedding; my wife and I are godparents to her children, as she and her husband (who is himself on the faculty of a Christian university) are to our youngest. Needless to say, I have complete confidence that her far less dramatic version of events is much the more accurate account. [Read more…]
Congregations that want to attract the millennial generation are now being told to ditch their contemporary worship services and to bring back the historic liturgy. Also, it turns out that young adults today have a “sacramental yearning.” Church growth enthusiasts, take note. [Read more…]
The Beatles are hailed as icons of the Sixties counter-culture. But in a lot of ways they were quite conservative. Economics columnist Neil Irwin looks at their song lyrics and how they handled their money, drawing out what we can learn from the Beatles about taxes, retirement, and change. [Read more…]