If Jesus Spoke Like Some of His Modern Followers

And here’s a reminder that not all of Jesus’ followers sound like that. Some, I think, sound rather more like he did. A friend shared this quote on Facebook: praying together as a class in school isn’t christian. and the pledge of allegiance is NOT christian. and plastering bible verses on walls of public buildings [Read More…]

Why I’m Glad Matthew’s Infancy Narrative Isn’t Literally True

In the wake of tragedy, we may view things differently. While some at church this morning spouted offensive platitudes (despite the pastor’s explicit mention of the pain they cause and their inappropriateness), I found myself thinking about the text of the sermon, about the massacre of the innocents in Matthew 2. In the story, it [Read More…]

Profiting from Tragedy

As always, when some individual or groups pull out their guns and mow down innocent victims, as happened today in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there are people who will try to profit from it. I'm not talking here about the makers and sellers of guns, although they do indeed profit both at [Read More…]

Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. — Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more…]

Does Life Begin at Creation?

“Life begins at conception” is a common phrase to encounter in discussions of abortion and related issues. Despite what those with short memories may genuinely believe, the issue of abortion and the view that it is murder have not been the views of most Evangelical Protestants for all that long (as we’ve been reminded recently [Read More…]

Religious Freedom and Healthcare

In recent weeks I've regularly heard Catholic bloggers and commentators complain that the new healthcare legislation infringes on their religious liberty, since it will require them to pay for coverage which will allow their employees to get contraception and other things that are against Catholic teaching. Something didn't sit quite right with me. Today I [Read More…]

Excellent Speech on Gay Rights

Via Gawker (HT Joel Watts on Facebook) I heard a brief speech before the Springfield City Council about homosexuality and gay rights, delivered by Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church in Missouri. Listen to it all the way to the end. UPDATE: Others have since shared the video, including Bob Cargill, who adds some [Read More…]

The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More…]

Opposing Mix-It-Up Day: Bigotry and Isolationism in Jesus’ Name

The New York Times has reported that the organization that calls itself the “American Family Association” is opposing Mix It Up Day – a day during which children are (get ready for it) encouraged to sit with someone that they would not normally, outside of their comfort zone. American Family Association, and anyone who keeps [Read More…]


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