Rob Bell vs. Team Hell (cont'd.)

Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Has Ever Lived went on sale yesterday and the backlash and criticism hasn’t yet peaked. The more I read of this criticism, the more I’m struck by the way everything Team Hell is upset with Bell about, or [Read More...]

Learning to drive

In one of the early meetings of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard spoke about the need to help congregants “sacralize” their everyday lives. If we want people of faith to care for creation as part of their faith, the rabbi said, then we need to help them think of things [Read More...]

Heavenly exegesis

So I wound up thinking a bit more about that hypothetical debate between Dr. Kroeger and my grandmother (who believed women were forbidden to preach) in the Heaven we sometimes imagine (which surely isn’t right, but maybe isn’t wholly wrong) and I realized that the idea didn’t make much sense. If that’s anything like what [Read More...]

Massive earthquake, tsunami strike Japan

Give. Pray. Hope. Remember. Love. News item: “Red Cross responds: region on tsunami alert” The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies describes the situation: A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake – the seventh largest recorded in history – struck the eastern coast of Japan at 14:46 local time today, 11 March. The earthquake’s epicentre [Read More...]

Robots and stylebooks

That video, created and posted to YouTube by lonzo625, perfectly captures not just the retrofuturistic theme of the song  — “(It’s the ’80s, Where’s Our) Rocket Packs,” by the band Daniel Amos — but the way its own “futuristic” sound itself now seems like a time-capsule relic from the early 1980s. I’ve thought of that [Read More...]

Mi casa es su casa

Let me first say that I have been humbled to have learned anew how important the TypePad site was to many people as a safe space, a home — or an inn, at least, or oasis — where one could be and connect without being reminded at every turn that there are others, far too [Read More...]

Re-reading Woolman after 20 years

The Journal of John Woolman is online. I guess that makes sense. It’s in the public domain now. But reading Woolman’s Journal online seems strange to me, since it’s one of those books I turn to now and then when I’m looking for respite from online buzz and bother. His gentle, unpolished reflections — it’s [Read More...]

Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger (1925-2011)

Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger has died. Kroeger, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, helped to change the world for the better by founding two valuable and necessary organizations, Christians for Biblical Equality and PASCH (Peace and Safety in Christian Homes). Here is her Boston Globe obituary, and a memorial post from Christians for Biblical Equality. [Read More...]