Archives for January 2011

A FB Comment (now even more public)

I don’t know how to retweet FB status updates, but here’s a sign of wonder: “As a Coptic orthodox Egyptian I can say that never in my life have I seen Muslims and Christians come together in Egypt as they are now. I cried on Orthodox Christmas hearing about how Muslims protected churches from extremists [Read More…]

Health Care Plan Struck Down

From [A federal judge in Florida, named] Vinson dismissed the key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act– the so-called “individual mandate” requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face stiff penalties. “I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with [Read More…]

Lenten Reading

What will you read this year for Lent? Many Christians don’t even bother with Lent, thinking that time of year is for high churches and the liturgicals. Some churches don’t bother with Lent because they’d rather not interrupt the series they already have planned. But Lent has been a part of the Church life from [Read More…]

Seeking God in Haiti

Kent Annan’s new book on Haiti, After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken, records his deeply personal search for God — for the reality of the Christian God — in the rubble of Haiti. Kent has been connected deeply in Haiti for nearly a decade, had returned to the USA not [Read More…]

American Political Mythbuster

David Sehat set out to “bust” apart some myths about the American political process in this new well-written and finger-pointing book: The Myth of American Religious Freedom. He goes after three myths that are both historically inaccurate and yet — because asserted so often and so well — are influencing American culture and the political [Read More…]

Melting Snow (cheaply)

Did you see this? If there ever was a sign that we’ve had more than enough snow this winter, here it is. Bergen County, New Jersey administrators found themselves in quite a pickle this winter. With their plowing budget quickly running dry, they’ve come up with a juicy solution. Bergen County is just across the [Read More…]

Obama’s Options

Kai Bird, at Slate, on Obama shadowing Carter’s decisions about Iran: President Barack Obama has a “Shah problem” in Egypt. Recent events in Egypt recall the street protests of 1978 in Tehran when President Jimmy Carter had to decide whether to remain loyal to the Pahlavi regime, a long-standing American-backed dictatorship—or whether the time had [Read More…]

Egypt’s Options

From WaPo, by Elliott Abrams, a former aide to President Bush: In 2003, George Bush asked: “Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never [Read More…]

What’s Natural?

By April Diaz … When we signed up to adopt to kids back in July 2009 we knew it would be hard. Most every parent we’ve talked to since then has knowingly chuckled, sighed, or pitied us when we told them we were adopting 2 little ones at the same time. We’re grateful for those [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week: 4th Sunday after Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]