Bankers and Hell

From Florence at The Economist, where a sketch of art reveals that the recent assault on bankers is nothing new — in fact, there’s biblical warrant for some of this. DO BANKERS inevitably go to hell? What many people today merely hope will come to pass was for Christians in the early 1400s a matter [Read More…]

A Christmas Story

Susan Donaldson James: Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support. Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded in an Oct. 19 five-car accident in Tucson. The 21-year-old’s [Read More…]

Liberals and their Morality

Peter Watt gets after the liberal outcry over David Cameron’s pro-KJB speech, here’s the link to the full speech, and here’s Peter Watt: I have been a bit disturbed by the reaction of some to David Cameron’s speech on Christianity.  Let’s start with the obvious.  It was a speech at an event to commemorate the [Read More…]

Church in New Modes

From Wendy McCaig: While both Erin and I see ourselves as somewhat of an anomaly, I think there is a reason for our weirdness.  We are both women who pursued our theological training in a Baptist setting.  Female Baptist seminarians have a far greater challenge than most seminarians in finding positions within local church settings.  [Read More…]

Global Warming Sign?

From The Independent by Steve Connor: Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the [Read More…]

Incarnation is the Theme

Pope Benedict XVI provides a template for more to reflect this year on the Incarnation and the virginal conception, a reality that drives the believer to an act of God unlike any other act and the divine-human Son of God. (I’d only add to the Pope’s theme that God chose to become Jewish flesh, a [Read More…]

Marriage Declines

From NPR: The share of all U.S. adults who are married has dropped to a record low 51 percent, according to a new report. If the trend continues, the institution will soon lose its majority status in American life. The report being released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center finds new marriages dropped a sharp 5 [Read More…]

Jim Wallis, Fox News, and Christmas

From SoJo, and I agree with Jim Wallis that Fox News’ “defense” of Christmas goes not much deeper than the protection of businesses to use traditional Christian Christmas greetings. Christmas celebrates the humiliation of God in becoming one of us, “who became poor for us so that we might become rich in him,” and our [Read More…]

Presidents and Church Attendance

Amy Sullivan, at Time, explores the ups and downs of church attendance by Presidents. What do you think? The new internet era of politics has changed a lot of things about the way Presidents go about their daily lives. A stray comment captured on tape can instantly ricochet and cause havoc. Post-9/11 security concerns combined with [Read More…]

Peter Hitchens on Christopher Hitchens

I am surprised Peter Hitchens, an evangelical Christian, would weigh in on Day One of the death of his famous atheist brother, Christopher Hitchens. In the reflection, Peter wandered from their stormy but mostly pacified and workable relationship to the courage of his brother, a courage Peter admired. Here are some of Peter’s words: There, [Read More…]