Umpqua Tragedy

Before the victims are named the victims’ tragedies are known as well as the anguish of the families, the stun of students, teachers, staff and administration, and the shock to the community. Reports that the gunman demanded that students identified their religion and then shot those who said they were Christian chills us. Hate can’t [Read More...]

Sharing the Kingdom Task

By John Frye Have you ever had the experience of looking into a mirror when there was also a mirror behind you? What did you see? You saw yourself receding into an infinity of reduced reflections. If we imagined that the space was instead time, you could see yourself in the vast, expansive past. You [Read More...]

Divesting from Israel? (by Michelle Van Loon)

By Michelle Van Loon: I’ve been watching various corporations, universities, NGOs and non-profits respond to the demands of the Boycott, Divest & Sanctions (BDS) movement. The stated goal of the BDS movement is to apply political and economic pressure on the State of Israel in order to “encourage” the two-state solution, but there are a whole lot [Read More...]

Longtown is a Fellowship of Differents

Noteworthy story by Kevin Williams — at the link you can find the whole article: “I know who I am and what I am. I may look white, my appearance is white, but my insides are not. I know I am not white,” Keiser said. He makes it a point to tell anyone who will [Read More...]

Face to Face with Phone … where?

Sherry Turkle: I’ve been studying the psychology of online connectivity for more than 30 years. For the past five, I’ve had a special focus: What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk? I’ve looked at families, friendships and romance. I’ve studied schools, universities [Read More...]

The Sweep of Scripture and The Kingdom of God (RJS)

Over the last several years I have spent most of my commutes listening to Scripture read or performed in order to be immersed in and formed by the story of God’s work in the world. (Far better than spending the time immersed in talk radio (HT T)). Toward the end of what became a rather [Read More...]

Pandering to the Populace

In this blog post “populace” refers to those who sit in the pews on Sundays and who pay the pastor’s salary and by “pandering” I mean that pastors and preachers teach a softer theology than either the Bible teaches or what that pastor believes but fears, if taught, he or she would get sacked. No [Read More...]

Heroin Traffic

Todd C. Frankel: Mexican cartels have overtaken the U.S. heroin trade, imposing an almost corporate discipline. They grow and process the drug themselves, increasingly replacing their traditional black tar with an innovative high-quality powder with mass market appeal: It can be smoked or snorted by newcomers as well as shot up by hard-core addicts. They [Read More...]

Carlos Eire, Castro, and Pope Francis

A blistering set of questions from Carlos Eire about Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba: So, why is it that he refrained from calling the Castro regime and other such failed experiments in materialist totalitarian communism “the dung of the devil”? Is communist materialism any less fiendish? Is communist political and economic repression any less reprehensible? [Read More...]

Tablets and Tables (by Sean Palmer)

Tablets & Tables: Why You Need To Rethink Who You Follow (Sean Palmer) Your pastor is not as edgy and provocative as your favorite blogger or writer, and that’s a good thing. I’m the first guy to advocate Christian preachers and teachers have thoughtful, bold, and worthwhile words to say. I bristle when I hear [Read More...]