Houston subpoenas sermons

Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston, is cracking down on churches that are opposing “HERO,” the latest city ordinance that forbids discrimination against homosexuals.  She has issued subpoenas of pastors’ sermons to see if they are preaching against the bill, which could be construed as politicking from the pulpit, which in turn would endanger congregations’ tax-exempt status.  See Bryan Preston, who quotes the mayor’s tweet:  “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A.”

Some pastors are refusing to send in their sermons, citing their First Amendment rights.  But Lutheran pastor Chris Thoma is calling on pastors to deluge Houston’s city hall with sermons. [Read more...]

Pestilence update

A second nurse in Dallas who took care of Thomas Duncan, who died of the disease, has been diagnosed with Ebola.  A further problem is that she was on a flight from Cleveland the day before she was admitted to the hospital, exposing 132 passengers.

The Dallas hospital that treated Mr. Duncan now admits that it was improvising protocols “on the fly.”  Instead of actual haz-mat suits, health care workers were apparently using ordinary paper masks, regular disposable gowns, and two pairs of vinyl gloves, leaving quite a bit of face, hair, and skin exposed. [Read more...]

The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series!

The Kansas City Royals, which taught me to love baseball long ago, have hit the fewest home runs in the major leagues, relying on speed, defense, and pitching.  But they swept the mighty Orioles, after also sweeping the mighty Angels.  And now they are in the World Series. [Read more...]

Invitation to the Feast

The New Testament reading for last Sunday was the parable about the king’s invitations to the marriage feast–those who turned them down and those who were brought in off the streets (Matthew 22:1-14).  You’ve got to see what our pastor did with this. [Read more...]

Synod says, look for the good in gay & non-marital unions

More from the first working document from the Catholic synod on the family:  The Church should “appreciate the positive values” that can be found in gay unions and with couples living together out of wedlock.  Traditional marriage, it says, is “ideal,” but the synod is raising the question, “What good can we find” in non-marital unions? [Read more...]

The Nobel Prize winners

After the jump, a complete list of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners.  Which do you find especially significant? [Read more...]


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