Archives for August 2012

Speaking of Douthat

Yesterday we bounced off of a recent book and post by Ross Douthat (and also Diana Butler Bass), and today Douthat is back, and this time he’s complaining about a lack of a sense of genuine religious freedom among what he calls the “leadership class”: What do you think? Do you believe some of the [Read More…]

Context is Key (RJS)

Ted Davis, Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College, had an excellent post on the BioLogos Forum this week. Professor Davis is a senior Fellow for BioLogos and writes for the Forum approximately every other week. All of his posts are worth reading, but this one struck me as particularly relevant to many [Read More…]

Which Paul?

My friend Mike Bird is the editor of a new book called The Apostle Paul, one of the more important Counterpoints books produced by Zondervan. What makes the Counterpoints series so helpful is that readers are given four committed authors who interact with one another, sometimes at razor’s edge because what they wrote in their chp [Read More…]

The Other Way to the Olympics

Missy Franklin‘s way to the Olympics was from home: One of America’s new sweethearts is rewriting the conventional rules on how young athletes and their families must sacrifice for their sport. The 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin did not follow the standard, and much derided, formula for training. She did not abandon her home [Read More…]

King Jesus Gospel for Kids

This is by Ben Irwin, and is a beautiful rendition of the king Jesus gospel, written for his daughter Elizabeth. The King Jesus story It all began with God. God made everything you can see. (And even some things you can’t see!) God made the world to be his home. Then God made the very [Read More…]

Church Decline in Canada

By Margaret Wente, who sounds a bit like Ross Douthat: Two weeks from now, the United Church of Canada will assemble in Ottawa for its 41st General Council, where it will debate church policy and elect a new moderator. The top item on its agenda is a resolution calling for a boycott of products from [Read More…]

Trust and Religious Institutions

From NPR: Is it possible to follow Jesus and turn away from the church? Something is happening when it comes to religion in America. Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup pollshowed that just 44 [Read More…]

Douthat, Bass and Christianity’s Culture Wars

Ross Douthat, whose book Bad Religion I posted about on this blog, has been given some serious pushback by Diana Butler Bass, whose book Christianity after Religion I may well blog about too. (Here’s a recent post by Douthat linking to the others.) Two claims: Douthat thinks mainline Christianity’s demise is due to its lack of moorings [Read More…]

Preaching: Raiding or Reading?

I have a very brief post, and it concerns how and what we preach. Observing internet sermons, reading sermons by famous pastors and the like, I see two sorts of preaching (there are of course more and nuances between them — and good lectionary preaching is a combination of both): Do you think we need [Read More…]