A principle of the evangelical church growth movement is that worship should change to reflect the culture–right? So some Baptists in Russia have adopted Eastern-Orthodox style liturgy, complete with incense and icons. Also a church government with bishops and archbishops. (So if the culture likes to worship that way, would church growth advocates adopt it over the contemporary styles they favor, but are perhaps growing stale? You Baptists, is there any theological reason why you could not worship like this? Calvinist Baptists couldn’t, of course, given the Calvinist theology of worship, but how about the rest of you?) [Read more…]
We posted about Glenn Stanton’s “Fact Checker” post at Gospel Coalition challenging the notion that college tends to undermine the faith of its students. Here are some other topics he takes up:
Well, we are getting back to normal now. Our ill-fated road trip is over, and we are back home. The funeral for my father was more like the second kind of funeral I posted about. It was good to see so many old friends and family members there. I especially appreciated getting to re-connect with some cousins who, when I was growing up, were pretty much my best friends. We were sent out, in Milton’s words, “though sorrowing, yet in peace.”
Thanks again for your words of support, consolation, and care. I was astonished at how much that sort of thing helped.
Here is the choice that Congress has, as we approach the “fiscal cliff” next Tuesday, when all of the Bush tax cuts expire. Democrats are willing to renew the tax cuts except for those making over $250,000. The Republicans want to renew the tax cuts for everyone, including those who make over $250,000.
So either everyone’s taxes will remain at the lower rate except for “the rich.” OR, if nothing can get passed, everyone‘s taxes will go up, including those of “the rich.”
Anti-tax Republicans are opposing Obama’s plan to let taxes go up for “the rich” EVEN THOUGH if their efforts to block the proposals are successful, taxes will go up for EVERYONE, including “the rich.” Thus, anti-tax Republicans will be responsible for everyone’s taxes going up.
I know the principles, the ideals, etc., but can anyone explain what good it will do for Republicans to oppose tax increases for the rich when that will mean tax increases for everyone?
I wish all of you the joy of the season and every blessing of the Christ child!
Remember: Keep Christ in Christmas. Keep “mass” in Christmas (by going to church and receiving Holy Communion). Keep the “holy” in “holiday.” Keep the day in holiday. Keep St. Nicholas (the Trinitarian confessor) in Santa Claus. And just keep Christmas.