Archives for September 2012

Jesus Creed, the Harder Life

Time to return to the basics: Jesus reduced the Torah to its essence when a scribe asked him what the greatest commandment was. Jesus responded by saying there are two: Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with [Read More…]

Getting in Sync

From WSJ by Sue Shellenbarger: Could you pack more into each day if you did everything at the optimal time? A growing body of research suggests that paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help pinpoint the different times of day when most of us perform our best [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Religion as Natural

By Robert N. McCauley, and I have clipped bits from his longer piece, which come from his book on this subject: Suggesting that natural science is unnatural and that religion, which traffics in the supernatural,is natural seems to turn things upside down. Sorting out these paradoxes, though, will offer insight about both enterprises. The “naturalness” of cognition is [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Ann Voskamp: “My Dad had said we’d never see anything like it again — not in our life times. 120 combines lined up around one field — 160 acres of soybeans. A harvest of less than 12 minutes. An attempt at a world record. All crop donated to world hunger. They were calling it a harvest for hunger.” Allan Bevere [Read More…]

What Kind of Evidence?

Fr Dwight Longenecker is right: What kind of evidence does the atheist want? What would be the knock-down argument/evidence? The most frequently asked question by atheists who come to this blog is “What evidence do you have for the existence of God?” My reply is always to ask what sort of evidence they require, but [Read More…]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: John Frye

“But isn’t [being subversive] dishonest? Not exactly, for I’m not misrepresenting myself. I’m simply taking my words and acts at a level of seriousness that would throw [the congregation] into a state of catatonic disbelief if they ever knew.” How can the pastor be subversive and sustain his vocation? Eugene Peterson wrestles with who is [Read More…]

Protestants and Missional

No one questions that the Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox have a high(er than average) view of the church; it is the Protestants who struggle with forming a robust ecclesiology that is not just liturgical but also missional. As I said before, what we need is a good textbook that is theologically conversant with a [Read More…]

Is this accurate?

I’m seeing this theme at times — namely, that Republicans are creating obstacles for voters, especially if they can establish policies that could lessen the Democrat vote. Is this piece by Elizabeth Drew accurate? The Republicans’ plan is that if they can’t buy the 2012 election they will steal it. The plan, long in the [Read More…]

Americans and Dependency

From Matthew Spalding: Do you think benefits ought to entail working for them? Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that 49% of the population lives in a household where at least one person gets some type of government benefit. The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks government spending and creates a weighted score [Read More…]