Archives for April 2013

The Church and Social Justice

Poverty, homelessness, AIDS — how should the Christian help? How should the local church help? What is the “help” done by Christians to be called? (This matters to me; some don’t care what it is called.) David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw, in Prodigal Christianity, play off of two tendencies but here is where they will end [Read More…]

Chicago’s Toughness

Top stories in the Chicago Tribune: [Read more…]

Angry God, What kind of person?

From Stephen C. Webster: People who believe in an angry, punishing God are much more likely to suffer from a variety of mental illnesses, a scientific study published in the April edition of Journal of Religion & Health finds. The study, conducted by Marymount Manhattan College Assistant Psychology Professor Nava Silton, used data from the 2010 Baylor Religion [Read More…]

Wrath Reconsidered, by Jason Micheli

Wrath Reconsidered – Amos 7 I’m sure you’ll know what I mean when I say that being a pastor is a lot like having a family member who is constantly in the tabloids. I mean: here I am with this public relationship with someone who routinely shocks and outrages a reliable percentage of the population. [Read More…]

4th Sunday after Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Wrigley Field and Lance Berkman

The Texas Ranger evidently doesn’t like our home field: “If they’re looking for a guy to push the button when they blow the place [Wrigely Field] up, I’ll do it,” Berkman told the Star-Telegramand Dallas Morning News. “It’s one of the worst places in baseball for, well, just about anything. I really don’t like it. I read [Read More…]

Yoga: Christian or Not?

From Ed Hird, an Anglican minister in Vancouver, who thinks Christian and yoga do not belong together. What say you? You may find this a stretching article in body, mind and spirit.  I have intentionally avoided writing this article for years, because I knew that it would be unavoidably controversial.  With genuine reluctance, I faced [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, April 20, 2013

It’s Spring and Kris and I are looking forward to the growth in our garden and backyard, including hope that our wisteria will flourish this summer. Speaking of wisteria, here’s an image of a monster wisteria! Pope Francis goes universal on appointments: “VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named eight cardinals from around the globe Saturday [Read More…]

A Prayer: In Boston as in Heaven

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Slippery Slope Redux

John Frame, at TGC’s blog, is clipped to say these important things about the almost always fallacious use of the slippery slope. First, he defines it well: A true and valid reductio must be distinguished from its fallacious imitators, one of which is the ‘slippery slope’ argument. A slippery slope argument goes like this. ‘If you take [Read More…]