VBS

We’ve been busy with Vacation Bible School this week, using Group’s Galilee by the Sea. A lot more fun–and complex–than I remember VBS being when I was a kid. The premise of this program is that the kids are in a Galilee village in the time of Jesus; they are part of a “tribe,” and…

Defending Religious Liberty

New York Times reports that under the Bush administration, the Justice Department is finally treating religious discrimination as a serious matter. The shift at the Justice Department has significantly altered the government’s civil rights mission, said Brian K. Landsberg, a law professor at the University of the Pacific and a former Justice Department lawyer under…

“To See Ourselves as Ithers See Us”

A Month of Sundays: Thirty Writers Visit God. The Seattle Stranger sends thirty writers to check out religion in Seattle (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Adventist, Calvary Chapel, Mars Hill, etc., etc.). At times irreverent, blasphemous, and crude, the authors nevertheless give us some insight into the secular mind, and how our worship services may…

Fraud: “Emes Kosher-Jel”

May 2, 2007, CNBC expose on “Emes Kosher-Jel,” a fraudulent company which produced what it said was a vegetarian “gelatin.” Come to find out, it was exposed as a fraud a decade ago, by a scientist at Loma Linda, but word never got out. The pressure increased in 2005, and the company, always a shadowy…