The week of Reformation Day: “Reformation Day and Schism”

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Today begins the week that includes, October 31, the day that Protestants have traditionally called "Reformation Day." For it is the day that in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. We are now only 4 years away from the 500th anniversary of those earth-shaking events that transformed the trajectory of Western Christianity. During this week I will be posting links to several articles in commemoration of Reformation Day. These articles either deal … [Read more...]

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Caution! Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” is historically flawed

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Read the review of the book over at The Catholic Thing. The reviewer is David G. Bonagura, Jr., who teaches theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York. Several years ago I penned a piece on O'Reilly and his theological acumen. Entitled, "Don't Know Much About Theology," you can read it here. … [Read more...]

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“Don’t call it a pullback; we’ve been here for years.” Why I love Russell Moore; he appropriates LL Cool J

You can read it here on National Review Online. As for LL Cool J, here's what I'm talking about. … [Read more...]

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Bob Dylan’s amazing live version of Mr. Tambourine Man from 1995

When my brother, Jim, and I saw Dylan in Vegas on May 13, 1995, he sang it just this way during that live performance. … [Read more...]

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Redskins, Racial Slurs, and Social Justice

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That's the title of my latest installment over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: During halftime of an NFL game broadcasted on NBC on October 13, sportscaster, Bob Costas, opined that the ownership of the Washington Redskins should change its name.  Following the lead of President Obama, who said that he would change the team’s name if he were the owner, Costas argued that “Redskins” is “an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent.”Team owner, Dan Snyder, reactin … [Read more...]

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A question I didn’t think anyone was asking: Where did all these Calvinists come from?

Read all about it at The Gospel Coalition. BTW, I think it's a great question! … [Read more...]

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Great cover of Bob Dylan’s pro-Israel song, “Neighborhood Bully.”

The band is called "Daniel Israel and Blood on the Tracks." The lyrics to the song follow: Neighborhood Bully (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan)Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bullyThe neighborhood bully just lives to survive He’s criticized and condemned for being alive He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to … [Read more...]

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My cousin Tony Sclafani’s new book: Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History

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My cousin Tony Sclafani recently published a book, Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History (Backbeat Books, 2013). Here's a summary of it: The Grateful Dead rose out of San Francisco's 1960s underground rock scene with an unprecedented sound and image. The group's members were steeped in rock, folk, classical, and blues, and their instrumental prowess and refusal to bow to commercial conventions helped originate jam band music. Unapologetic in their ad … [Read more...]

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The Underground Thomist: J. Budziszewski’s scholarly website

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J. Budziszewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, has a new website, The Underground Thomist. I was perusing it this morning. It is really amazing.  You should check it out.  … [Read more...]

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Gerald McDermott: Is Evangelical Liberalism an Oxymoron?

Just saw this essay this morning on First Thing's On the Square. Here is Professor McDermott's conclusion: The lesson Evangelicals should learn from this new dust-up over evangelical theology and modernity is that sola scriptura is necessary but not sufficient for maintaining theological orthodoxy. Only a “single-source” view of scripture and tradition in which hermeneutical authority is given to the mutual interplay of Scripture and orthodox community—the method that the church practiced for mo … [Read more...]

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