Obama, FOCA, and the Catholic Health Care System 1

This series concerns Barack Obama, the Freedom of Choice Act, and what FOCA might mean for health care in the USA. The series is by Mary Veeneman, professor of theology and a Christian ethicist at North Park University. The issues that could flow out of FOCA — which Obama has said he will support — [Read More…]

A Sad Day in Illinois

Rod Blagojevich, who rode a wave of replacing George Ryan (now in prison) to clean things up in Illinois, received a phone call at daybreak informing him of a warrant for his arrest. US Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, informed the public later of the charges — basically using power for bribery in order to secure a [Read More…]

Acts of Advent 8

The second act of advent is activism in the kingdom work of God. We now look at what Mary thinks the kingdom will bring and so today I bolden the Magnificat’s appropriate portions that spell out what that kingdom means: 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my [Read More…]

More Books for Christmas

In our last post on new books we listed some top-notch new reference books and commentaries. Today I want to mention seven new books in theology and Christian thought. I begin with what is becoming an international argument: the relationship of theology and biblical studies. The issue is not only who gets the first or [Read More…]

Acts of Advent 7

The first act of advent is adoration; the second is “activism” for the kingdom of God. It is far too easy for some to “spiritualize” the word “kingdom” so that it means personal relationship with God; it is far too easy for others to “socialize” the word “kingdom” so that it means social activism. The [Read More…]

The Third Way

There is a Third Way, and this post officially kicks off a series of occasional reflections about the Third Way. The Third Way approach to the orthodox Christian faith is one that gets beyond the fighting and between the fighters in order to carve out a middle way. The Third Way captures and sustains the [Read More…]

Can You Top This One?

All of us, I suppose, have stories about our medical system. But this one from our son is better than anything we’ve ever had. Lukas and Annika recently gave birth to a son — Aksel — and this is the medical bill’s explanation of benefits that Luke and Annika received after they submitted the hospital [Read More…]

Acts of Advent 6

The first act of advent, which we looked at last week, is “adoration,” the second act of advent is activism. By that I mean this: a genuine commitment to the advent vision of the Bible is a commitment to active participation in the vision of advent. A good place to begin our “activism” actions is [Read More…]

Second Week of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace. From the prophet Isaiah: “For a child has been [Read More…]

Prayer: Second Week of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More…]