Archives for April 2013

One Shirt for 100 Days?

Here’s a shirt and the company says you can wear it 100 days without washing it. Who even knows. The creators of Wool&Prince are claiming that you can wear their wool button-down shirts for days on end without them wrinkling, smelling or showing any dirt. Frankly, that sounds ridiculous, but maybe? Testers recruited by Wool&Prince all unsurprisingly [Read More…]

Just Like Me? (RJS)

We all prefer friends who are just like us … personality, age, education, social class, marital status. This is simply human nature it appears – with both good and bad consequences. We tend to self-segregate. Should the church be any different? I read an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science [Read More…]

Empire in Rome

Before one can ask if Christians are opposing empire as a movement and in their preaching and in their writings, it is good to grasp how the Roman empire understood itself. In our co-edited book, Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies, Joe Modica and I solicited the classics scholar [Read More…]

Restrictions at Eucharist?

Joel J. Miller takes exception to Gene Robinson’s claim the Catholic church is doing politics at the Eucharist when it says some are not to be communicating at the Table if they don’t get their faith right. What do you think? Here are Joel’s opening lines… Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, says [Read More…]

A Survey: 40+ and the Church

Michelle van Loon did a 10-question survey; she’s not a social scientist. Here’s her survey. Here are two summaries: one and two. These are her conclusions, and I ask: What do you think? I’ve already noted that I’m not a social scientist or a statistician. But the number of the responses, and the fact that [Read More…]

So What’s an Anabaptist?

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. For many today a progressive politics is Anabaptist; for others it means being either Yoderian (John Howard Yoder) or Hauerwasian (Stanley Hauerwas). Fair enough, but [Read More…]

Rick Warren: Demographics

Rick Warren from his interview at CT: More resources are expended on evangelism in America than in almost any other nation. Yet surveys say the country is becoming less Christian. What’s your take? Cultural Christianity is dying. Genuine Christianity is not. The number of cultural Christians is going down because they never really were Christian [Read More…]

Fifth Sunday after Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More…]

Mom Said the Policeman Will Help

While taking a vandalism report at an elementary school, an officer was interrupted by a little boy about six years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, he asked, “Are you a cop?” “Yes,” he replied and continued writing the report. … “My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, April 27, 2013

Chicago’s flooding… this might be the original MacDonad’s, no? Speaking of Chicago, this from my student and friend, Phil Jackson, at Lawndale Community Church: “If you have never held a mother, father, or crying child who has had to bury a family member because of gun violence, you might not understand the need to make [Read More…]