Archives for April 2012

Lunch Break Indeed

From AP, by Jona Kallgren: STOCKHOLM (AP) – Some workers in Sweden have found a rather offbeat way to spend their lunch hour. Actually, on-beat is more like it. Dripping with sweat and awash in disco lights, they dance away to pulsating club music at Lunch Beat, a trend that started in Stockholm and is [Read More…]

Russ Moore’s 3d Way

From The Christian Post, by Russell Moore: Russell Moore here argues that the way of political power is not the way of Jesus. I agree with him on that one completely. Morals are not determined by who wins the vote. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — A respected pro-family organization has announced a boycott of Starbucks coffee. The [Read More…]

The Gospel of Acceptance

The gospel can be viewed from a variety of angles, and undoubtedly the most widely disseminated angle is that of its benefits. That is, we describe the gospel by what it accomplishes for us. We appeal to “felt needs” in humans. No one in their right mind questions the beneficial dimensions of the gospel, and [Read More…]

Baptism: How Early?

This post is for (or about) credo-baptists, or for those who don’t practice infant baptism, and are discussing at what age a person can be baptized. That is, at what age does a person become responsible enough to be baptized? Traditionally, many baptize at “the age of accountability,” which often means about 12 or so. [Read More…]

Fasting and Desire

I was reading Rob Moll’s piece on fasting in the recent online edition of CT and it occurred to me again that the early church captured fasting as a way of curbing desire. Fasting and all other spiritual disciplines are not simply reminders of other more important things. We may use hunger like a string [Read More…]

Jesus and Healthcare Reform

By John Blake at OK, I want to say just two things: to implicate Jesus in this debate requires patient study of ancient culture, the texts of the Gospels, and it also means we have to understand how the economy works. It’s not a simple “Jesus gave to the poor so vote for health [Read More…]

So where’s the Bible belt?

From Gallup: [Read more…]

Palm Sunday’s Readings

From the Gospel: Mark 11:1-11 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie [Read More…]

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [Read More…]