A Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.† [Read more...]

Lausanne 2010

No one description will work, but Margaret Feinberg is a friend with a voice I understand, so here’s a clip to her beginning. I hope you can read her article: Over the course of the last week, I’ve joined more than 4200 representatives from 198 nations to listen to dozens upon dozens upon many more [Read More...]

Getting Back to Basics

One of my seminary professors said to me privately, when I mentioned a monster commentary I had recently seen, that commentary writing had become vulgar. He was referring to length. There is a place for someone to write hundreds of pages on a short epistle, say Titus, but there’s something profoundly weird about such intensity [Read More...]

Go to church, be healthy

Did you see this? Christopher Hitchens’ atheist manifesto was subtitled “how religion poisons everything,” but a new polling analysis challenges that notion, finding that very religious Americans have higher levels of well-being than the rest of the country. The most religious Americans show the highest levels of well-being as measured by factors ranging from physical [Read More...]

Prayer of the Week

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Anyone Know this study?

From Charles Blow, at NYTimes: Private schools by their very nature discriminate. Their students are literally the chosen ones — special, better. This sort of thinking has a way of weaving itself into the fibers of a family and into the thinking of the children, particularly young boys in a male culture where even the [Read More...]

Jack Cafferty, who knows…

Jack Cafferty posted about the correlation of hair/looks and candidates running for office successfully. Yikes. The Americans and Indians accurately predicted the outcomes of these political races to a surprising degree – based on nothing more than the candidates’ faces. According to the study, just by knowing which candidate looked better, researchers could accurately predict [Read More...]

The Day Metallica Came to Church 2

This is the second and final part of David Opderbeck’s interview with John Van Sloten, author of The Day Metallica Came to Church.  The first part of the interview is here. Dave: So let’s talk a bit about theology for a moment.  In Chapter 3, you use the term “co-illumination.”  What are you getting at here?  How does [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Hey, where’s summer gone? Joseph Epstein, who calls himself a “media vegan,” on news: “What, you might wonder, do I do with all the time I don’t spend in endless swamp of ephemeral news? Well, I’ve made a little rediscovery of a marvelous invention called books, which I’m told are going out of style but [Read More...]

The Atheist Hymnal, and Hymn

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