Archives for February 2012

We’ll miss ya, Davy Jones

What’s your favorite Monkees song? memory? [Read more…]

Go Blue Students are Clever

From AP: ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Officials are puzzled over a mysterious hot tub that was installed – and then removed – from the roof of a building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. But a group of “creative” students are believed to be the culprits, Computer Science and Engineering building [Read More…]

Evidence Screaming Reconsideration

Did you see this from To what end? What have we accomplished? By Larry Shaughnessy Keeping one American service member in Afghanistan costs between $850,000 and $1.4 million a year, depending on who you ask. But one matter is clear, that cost is going up. During a budget hearing today on Capitol Hill, Sen. [Read More…]

Anabaptists: What, who, what?

I am often asked “What is an Anabaptist?” and “Who are the Anabaptists?” If one listened to everyone who claimed an anabaptist connection, it would be easy to be confused. So today I want to sketch the view of the one description of Anabaptism that shaped the 20th Century the most. I refer to Harold [Read More…]

Religious Freedom: Under Assault?

Evangelicals and Catholics Together, a well-known attempt to find common ground without whisking away differences, has recently issued a statement on religious freedom. Read the whole statement here, but the paragraphs below are the paragraphs that document the threat against religious freedom today and the strategy ECT recommends. (There’s much to say about issues surrounding [Read More…]

Franklin Graham’s Apology

From the RNS: WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham apologized Tuesday (Feb. 28) to President Obama for questioning his Christian faith and said religion has “nothing to do” with Graham’s decision not to support Obama’s re-election. Graham’s apology came after a group of prominent black religious leaders criticized the evangelist for saying he did not know [Read More…]

What would you say?

Adam McHugh, author of a fantastic book called Introverts in the Church, just prayed in the House of Representatives in DC. If you were asked to pray, what would you say — knowing they “vet” your prayer? Gracious God, we acknowledge and praise you on this day that you have made. We are reminded that [Read More…]

Homeschooling vs. Public Education into Society

From Conor Friedersdorf: What this shows is that some see public education as social engineering, and what it also shows is that some want freedom to educate as they believe, and that diversity is a good for society. What do you see here? In a controversial Slate article published last week, the talented education journalist Dana [Read More…]

Paul’s (First Century) Use of Scripture (RJS)

The apostle Paul was a first century Jew. This should not be a controversial statement. Paul was a first century Jew educated in the Hebrew Scriptures. Paul used the Scriptures in the manner common to his day, age, and culture. Paul was transformed by his experience of the crucified and risen Lord. After this experience [Read More…]

Admitting Ignorance

So what does orthodox theology say about “hell”? To answer this question we might want to ask another question, one that Tony Thiselton raises in his sketch of classic German liberal thinker: If love is a permanent feature of God, and wrath is not a permanent feature of God, then how can hell be eternal? [Read More…]