Free Speech and Respect: Pope Francis

NPR: Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it comes to someone’s religion, in comments that made reference to the deadly attack last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis defended freedom of speech, calling it a fundamental human right, but said it must not cause offense. “It is [Read More...]

America’s Day to Re-Dream

Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. I am happy to join with you [Read More...]

To the Church that Baptizes that Baby (Jason Micheli)

To the Church about to Baptize My Baby: Be warned. It’s all cuteness and lace now, but in no time at all, my little baby boy- after a brief sojourn in childhood- will hit adolescence. His hormones will kick in and quickly conspire to undo all the good you’ve done in him. These will be [Read More...]

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Almighty God, Whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, That he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and [Read More...]

Jonathan Merritt Interviews Andy Stanley

RNS, by Jonathan Merritt, where you can read the rest: The pastor of one America’s largest churches is peeling back the covers on topics that might make some Christian squirm. Andy Stanley, pastor of the 30,000+ member North Point Ministries, addresses a range of issues from human sexuality to pornography in his latest book, The New Rules for Love, Sex, [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Kyle Strobel

Book Review by Jim Salladin:              Strobel, Kyle. Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation (T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology). [Also see Kyle Strobel's review of an Edwards book here and another of Kyle's books here.] The current interest in Jonathan Edwards has created a flurry of new books outlining the Northampton pastor’s theological vision.  One of [Read More...]

Beware the Tales

Ron Charles: Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey. The best-selling book, first published in 2010, describes what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma [Read More...]

Announcement: Canon Theologian

From C4SO: Scot McKnight Appointed Canon Theologian The Rev. Dr. Scot McKnight has been appointed by Bishop Todd Hunter as a Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. This appointment was unanimously celebrated by the other diocesan canons and deans. Canon McKnight was ordained by Bishop Hunter to the Sacred [Read More...]

The End of the World (RJS)

There are a number of topics worth some thought and discussion – topics where our current understanding of science plays a role at some level. The questions of origins and of miracles top the list, but the nature or possibility of an “Age to Come” with new heavens and a new earth also raises questions. [Read More...]

Some Good News

Source: What good news do you hear about your educators? LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Harrison County elementary school principal has received national recognition for raising money to buy shoes for 200 low-income students. Heth-Washington Elementary School has one of the highest poverty levels in the county, at 75 percent. “We’ve had several students who have had [Read More...]