Should we ban bad theology carols?

From CT: “Only with great care. For thousands, carols will be their only link with a church. At the same time, sentimentality is perhaps the single most dangerous feature of our Church and culture—and the sentimental air is never thicker than at Christmas. The Incarnation is messy, dirty, and resonates with the crucifixion. We need [Read More...]

Mumford and Sons

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None Dare Call it … but they are

Michael Gerson, at WaPo, on … Do you think this is spin? Is the sabotage theory a spin? Yet this is precisely what the sabotage theorists must deny. They must assert that the case for liberal policies is so self-evident that all opposition is malevolent. But given the recent record of liberal economics, policies that [Read More...]

Evolutionary Creation 2 (RJS)

The second chapter of  Denis O. Lamoureux’s book Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution provides a sketch of five basic categories for common views on creation, Genesis, and human origins – young earth creation, old earth or progressive creation, evolutionary creation, deistic evolution, and dysteleological evolution.The sketches are designed to highlight the distinctions between [Read More...]

The Baptism Question

One of the fundamental questions many today ask of baptism is this: Does it do anything? Or, is it effective for salvation? Where are you on the baptism questions? What are your clear and fixed points? Are you at the Sacramental end or the Symbolic end of this discussion? Is it possible to construct a [Read More...]

God is in the Manger

I will be posting about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas , edited by Jana Riess. The first week of Bonhoeffer’s book about Advent ponders the first week as Waiting. Bonhoeffer: “Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. … Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting — [Read More...]

Sufjan

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Ryan Messmore on Social Justice

Social justice, Ryan Messmore at First Things argues, is too much about government distribution. So he draws on Jesuit Luigi Taparelli D’Azeglio: His vision of social justice, then, emphasized freedom and respect for human beings and the small institutions through which they pursue basic needs. He held that true justice can’t be achieved without doing [Read More...]

Books of the Year 2010

Here are the 2010 nominations for Books of the Year at the Jesus Creed blog. The awards are given early this year so folks can use this list for Christmas presents. My favorite Christmas present is a book, but I have to admit my family quit buying books for me for Christmas years ago. (So [Read More...]

Patheos Preaching

Patheos is doing some sermons on our site, and I have to send up big signals for the strategy of Daniel Harrell, who is doing a series on preaching through the Fathers. Here he dips into Ambrose’s theory of celibacy … I’m looking forward to this quality of resources at Patheos. [Read more...]


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