“To See Ourselves as Ithers See Us”

David Kinnaman Reveals How Young Non-Christians View Christianity (via Alexander Carpenter). I’ve got a project I’m working on with some others–a brief video of on the street interviews with young adults to get a sense of their spiritual hunger, practices, and what they think of the way Christians are trying to meet them. What questions…

Rod Dreher on Frank Schaeffer

Rod Dreher and Frank Schaeffer are both adult converts to Orthodoxy. Frank is the son of the late evangelical theologian and philosopher, Francis A. Schaeffer, founder of L’Abri. I was a fan of Schaeffer’s writings in college and heard Francis and Edith speak perhaps 25 years ago in Massachusetts. Rod writes briefly and vaguely about…

David Ring

I’ve been at a pastors’ meeting this week, hence the light blogging. One of the highlights was a talk by Baptist evangelist David Ring: “I have cerebral palsy–what’s your problem?”

Virginia … A Land of Unreality

Virginia school bans all touching. All. Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder. That landed him a trip to the school office. Among his crimes: hugging. All touching — not only…

Paul Potts

Simon Cowell was skeptical when mobile phone salesman Paul Potts stepped to the microphone of “Britain’s Got Talent” and said he would sing opera. He was left speechless. See two videos here. Commentary at the Sunday Mirror. The final was tonight–he won.

Lutherans

It’s the season for ELCA synod assemblies. The New England Synod defeated a resolution that would have withdrawn a synod statement in favor of homosexual blessings, and defeated a resolution expressing concern about communing those who are not baptized. 07-08 (Resolution on the Distribution of Holy Communion) DEFEATED This resolution raised a concern about the…

Taguba Speaks

Seymour Hirsh reports how the Bush Administration treated an American hero, MG Antonio M. Taguba, who conducted the thorough report on the torture of enemy prisoners of war by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. Taguba acted with honor, did as thorough a job as he could under the military’s constraints, while the Bush people lied…

The Scala Santa

CNS story: Scala Santa chapel: Under the soot and grime, a visual treasure. This is about a renovation of the chapel at the top of the Scala Santa, the stairs said to have been part of Pilate’s palace, said to have been climbed by Jesus during his passion, said to have been transported by Helena…

A Twitch upon the Thread

[Sermon I preached June 16, 2007, at the Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church. Revised and updated to include what has happened since. I’ve also added some clarifying remarks, inserted in brackets and italics.] This moment has been a long time coming. For nine years my wife and kids attended this church without me. I came…

“The Decline of the Sabbath”

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway writes in the WSJ about “the Decline of the Sabbath.” Her assumption from the get-go is that Sunday is “the Sabbath.” But Sunday is not the Sabbath. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church admits: 2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week …. Her assumption…

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…

Kellogg’s Goes Healthy

Kellogg’s will change its ways, and its cereals, to promote healthy living. Ironic, isn’t it? Because Kellogg’s started as a health food company, founded by Will Keith Kellogg, promoting foods developed by him and his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, in harmony with the health reform teachings of the young Seventh-day Adventist Church. Kellogg ended…