What To Get Your Pastor’s Wife for Christmas

Don’t know what to get your pastor’s wife for Christmas?  Well, I’m here to help!  At pastor-gifts.com, they’ve got a whole section dedicated to the faithful wife:

When trying to decide what to buy, have you wondered what the top Christmas gift for our first lady is? It depends on pastor’s wife you are buying for because each one has her own unique taste and interests. But you should know that our pastor’s wife is woman just like all women have something in common always have some similar interests as well. For example, almost women are interested in exquisite things.

Choosing something that can enrich pastor’s wife and help her relieve pressure will be thoughtful and wonderful. What’s kinds of life does your pastor’s wife have? She choose to be special wife, but how many have you ever know from her heart, sometimes, they must have a bad feeling of fatigue, helplessness, pressure and sorrow, she also needs help and support.

You know person’s biggest need is that for recognition. Our pastor’s wife needs to receive our recognition and appreciation to support her service and value. Let your personalized and thoughtful pastor’s wife giftshelp you express your gratitude and blessing.

There’s some awesome grammar in those paragraphs.  And, if you like poetry, how about the poem on the plaque above:

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God’s Power Is Collaborative, Not Coercive

Jeremy Fackenthal details three ways in which process theology is compatible with feminism.  Here’s one:

Process theology views God’s power as collaborative, not coercive.

Discarding the dominant view of power as power over some other subject, process thought adopts instead an understanding of power as power with another subject.  God does not coerce the world, but rather attempts at persuading the world through God’s patient and loving call.  Humans then have the freedom in each moment of their lives to respond to God’s call or not.  The reason process thinking is able to present this altered understanding of divine power is because it see’s God’s power as necessarily limited (not self-limited, but inherently limited).  While lots of people don’t like this and see it is a weakened form of God, process theology holds the idea of God’s collaborative power as far more worthy of worship than a God who acts unilaterally in the world through coercive force.  I see this reconceptualization of God’s power as compatible with feminist thought because it breaks down deleterious power relations that promote the power of the one over the many, offering instead the opportunity to be collaborators in the on-going creation of the world.  God’s collaborative power promotes justice, equality, and the value of human life.

Read the other two HERE.

Christian Philosopher Takes on the New Atheists

Last week, there was a nice write up on Alvin Plantinga in the New York Times.  Plantinga, whom I’ve long admired, has a new book out, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism.  The Times throws some well-deserved bouquets his way:

Theism, with its vision of an orderly universe superintended by a God who created rational-minded creatures in his own image, “is vastly more hospitable to science than naturalism,” with its random process of natural selection, he writes. “Indeed, it is theism, not naturalism, that deserves to be called ‘the scientific worldview.’ ”

Mr. Plantinga readily admits that he has no proof that God exists. But he also thinks that doesn’t matter. Belief in God, he argues, is what philosophers call a basic belief: It is no more in need of proof than the belief that the past exists, or that other people have minds, or that one plus one equals two.

“You really can’t sensibly claim theistic belief is irrational without showing it isn’t true,” Mr. Plantinga said. And that, he argues, is simply beyond what science can do.

But let me also state, for the record, that I think Plantinga’s defense of Michael Behe and “intelligent design” in his new book is very unfortunate, and possibly undermines his argument entirely.

My 2012 Predictions

Every year, I visit the Doug Pagitt Radio Show to give my predictions about the upcoming year in religion.  I did so on Sunday, and here are my 2012 predictions:

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