Making Christianity strange again

Russell Moore thinks the persecution of Christians around the world might bring American Christianity back to life.   Tagline to his post:  “Christianity in this country is big, powerful, and familiar. We need it to become strange again.” [Read more…]

Preventing Christian groups from hiring only Christians

In what could be yet another attempt to secularize religious groups that work with the government, the Obama administration is getting lots of pressure to require that religious organizations that take federal funds not be allowed to discriminate according to religion when it comes to hiring.  That would mean Catholic or evangelical charities operating under a federal contract or grant would have to hire people who do not hold to the organization’s faith. [Read more…]

The woman condemned to die for her faith is released!

A Sudanese court has released Meriam Ibrahim, who had been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her Christian faith!   (HT:  Paul McCain) [Read more…]

Theological flowers

Calvinists sum up their theology, as well as their Dutch connections, with the acronym TULIP.  That stands for Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints.

Southern Baptists are currently in the midst of a controversy between their Calvinist members and their more Arminian brethren.  So to compete with the TULIP faction, as Bill Leonard reports, the non-Calvinist Baptists have come up with a flower of their own:  POINSETTIA.  That stands for “Pursuit unconditional, Own guilt, Inclusive atonement, Natural responsibility, Spontaneous regeneration, Election available, Temperate foreknowledge, True freedom, Indestructible security, Almighty gospel.”

Your task:  Come up with a flower for other theological traditions (Catholics?  Orthodox?  Pentecostal?  Methodist?  Non-Denominational?), turning it into an acronym or a symbol for its distinct teachings and practices.  After the jump, the flower of Lutheranism. [Read more…]

Presbyterians (USA) vote to allow gay marriages

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to revise its Book of Order to redefine marriage as being between “two persons” rather than between a man and a woman, thereby fully sanctioning gay marriages and gay weddings.  The revision must be approved by a majority of presbyteries, but congregations in states that have legalized gay marriage may now perform them. [Read more…]

Text and context on women’s ordination

The Australian theologian and Bible scholar John Kleinig said that women’s ordination used to not be a big deal for him–until he studied 1 Corinthians 14 and realized that it is far more forceful on the issue than most people realize. [Read more…]