Archives for January 2011

Leaving Fundamentalism (Taylor George)

Be Not Afraid, Be Very Not Afraid                                    -by Taylor George “I hope the Lord takes me home before I see a piano in this meeting,” sobbed one of our elders in a Sunday evening sermon. A piano in a church service. A piano. In a church service. The piano, if it were to come, [Read More…]

Dennis Kucinich … yougottabekiddin’me!

From Washington (CNN) –Dennis Kucinich is no fan of pit-filled olives – and now he’s doing something about it: Taking one of Congress’ cafeterias to court. In 2008, the Ohio Democrat purchased a sandwich wrap filled with those olives at the cafeteria inside the Longworth Office Building. After biting into the wrap, he cracked [Read More…]

Faith, Law and Culture at Seton Hall

The third “Faith, Law and Culture” series lecture at Seton Hall University Law School will take place on Thursday, February 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Library at the Law School in Newark, New Jersey. The speaker is Eastern Orthodox theologian and writer David Bentley Hart.  Dr. Hart’s topic is “Christianity, Law, and Modern [Read More…]

I agree with Anne Lamott

It’s about time, finding time, fighting for time, saying no to intrusions on time — it’s about time alone, long days alone, at the desk writing or in a chair reading … day after day …and missing a whole lot of things … and not doing things I really like (golf) … and not being [Read More…]

Church Membership Requirements

Many are disputing the value of church “membership” today. Some think if we are “in Christ” we are members — whether we are on a list or not. Others wonder what’s the “value added” benefit to being a “member.” Some today are advocating instead for church “covenant” commitments. It seems to me that “membership” matters. [Read More…]

The Lord Alone 3

What does “You shall have no other gods before me” mean? Are there any reliable or insightful indicators when we have crossed the line of this command? Or, as too many have suggested, is this really only about being a monotheist — a person who thinks there’s only one God? Are we assaulted with temptations [Read More…]

Catalyst West

You won’t want to miss the Catalyst West Conference, happening March 2-4, 2011 in LA, where 3,500 young leaders will converge, including high-octane speakers, powerful worship, innovative programming, and an experience unlike any other. Hear from leadership authorities including Andy Stanley, Dave Ramsey, Matt Chandler, Rev Run, Judah Smith, Christine Caine, Britt Merrick, and Nancy [Read More…]

Rahm’s Back — maybe

We go by the rules here, as long as you know the rules and know how to use them. The state Supreme Court today said it will decide whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago and ordered election officials not to print any ballots without his name. The high court’s action, which came [Read More…]

On Bonhoeffer

From Alan Wolfe’s exceptional study/review of the recent Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer: It is important to note that Bonhoeffer’s criticisms of theological liberalism would hardly make him an ally of today’s versions of religious conservatism. He would, one imagines, be utterly scornful of the politically tendentious piety of Pat Robertson, who sees little or no [Read More…]

Creation and Worldview (RJS)

I received a book from the publisher last week, Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins by Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III. (Actually, the publisher sent it to Scot in December and Scot passed it along last week.) This book provides another angle on the question of creation and the [Read More…]