Justifying ourselves

I am reading a book that is blowing me away:  Living by Faith by Oswald Bayer, the contemporary German theologian who is sort of the Lutheran answer to radical orthodoxy.  Instead of reading it all, then writing a formal review, I am so excited by this book that I thought I would write posts about what I am finding so interesting as I am reading through it.

Bayer begins by showing that the concept of “justification” is not an arcane theological concept.  Rather, it’s something we are preoccupied with all the time.  We are always engaged in trying to justify ourselves.  We are always maintaining that we are right, particularly when other people say that we are wrong.  At work, in our casual conversations, in our relationships with others, we are always defending ourselves, making excuses, scoring points, and seeking approval.  I mean, you see it in the comments on this and other blogs. [Read more...]

In Europe, only outlaws have guns

In Europe, owning a firearm is pretty much illegal.  But a huge black market has arisen in military-grade weapons, making them easily available to criminals, gang members, and terrorists.  Proving the adage that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns. [Read more...]

Twins!

I have two more grandchildren (for a total of 11), as my daughter Mary in Oklahoma had her twins!  The complication is that they came 8 weeks early.  They are in a neo-natal intensive care unit in Oklahoma City.  They are doing fine, considering, and they are big for their extremely young age, weighing 4 lb. 4 oz. and 4 lb. 12 oz., so from what we are being told, the prognosis is good.  Thank God for today’s medical technology.  They have been baptized.  We’d appreciate your prayers for little Anastasia (“Resurrection”) and Dorothea (“Gift of God”).

Church attendance statistics, state by state

Gallup has done a study of church attendance in each state.  See the results after the jump.  Is there anything we can do with this?

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Magic, science, & religion

Charles Lane discusses the big dietary reversal on cholesterol, in the course of which he recounts a hilarious scene in Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper and cites anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski on the way people tend to confuse science with religion (they put their faith in it) and magic (it can do anything), making it really disorienting when science changes.  Go to the link for the joke, but I quote the anthropology part after the jump.
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New Dr. Seuss manuscripts discovered

Not only are we getting a new book based on the discovery of a long lost manuscript by Harper Lee.   We are also getting a new book based on the discovery of a long lost manuscript by Dr. Seuss!

It’s called What Pet Should I Get, will be released on July 28, and features the same brother and sister from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  As of right now, it’s already #17 on the Amazon bestseller list.  Two other manuscripts were found in the same cardboard box and will also be published. [Read more...]


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