Reading the Times (May 10, 2011)

“For Some, Helping With Disaster Relief Is Not Just Aid, It’s a Calling” A fascinating article in the NY Times by Kim Severson. She examines the extensive involvement of Christian and other religious groups in disaster relief efforts. The Southern Baptists are have a particularly effective and extensive ministry. Here’s how the article begins: The [Read More…]

Reading the Times (May 7, 2011)

Electronic Devices Redefine Quality Family Time In “Quality Time, Redefined,” Alex Williams reports on the impact of digital devices on family relationships. Here are some provocative excerpts: CERTAINLY, people have been hyper-wired as long as there have been laptops, and the tendency became more pronounced with the advent of wireless Internet. Nearly 60 percent of [Read More…]

Reading the Times (April 30, 2011)

Ah, Hell! Columnist Ross Douthat offers a defense of the Christian notion of Hell. According to Douthat: Doing away with hell, then, is a natural way for pastors and theologians to make their God seem more humane. The problem is that this move also threatens to make human life less fully human. Persecution of Christians [Read More…]