Ellen G. White in the Light of Catholic Theology of Revelation

Some folks have asked how I could re-embrace Adventism after having some very specific disagreements with it–for example, regarding the role of Ellen White. Well, I must say that here is a good example of how my years in the Catholic Church helped me to better understand and appreciate some aspects of Seventh-day Adventist teaching.…

“A More Generous View”

As a response to Phil Johnson’s poster parodies, Emerging Grace provides alternative posters which represent “a more generous view” of “emerging church” principles. Via Emergent Village blog. And I gotta say, I don’t see what’s really so controversial about most of this “emerging church” stuff, especially as summarized in Grace’s posters. Now, I’m coming at…

Clueless in Australia

The Australian government wants to provide “safe sex” info to participants in next year’s Catholic “World Youth Day”–the same info it has provided for the Sydney Olympics, the Gay Games, and Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Catholic Church is not interested, and government officials are put out. It can’t see that a gathering…

“Emerging Church” Gathering in Austin

One of the regional gatherings, Emergence 2007: The National Conversation on the Emerging Church, will be at Gateway Community Church in Austin October 19-20. Scot McKnight lists reasons for attending. Registration. I had thought about attending, but we’re having something that weekend that I need to attend in Houston instead.

Shakespeare Time

It’s summer, and time for the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year’s plays are “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “Romeo and Juliet.” We’re planning on going the next two Thursday nights, if anyone would like to plan on meeting us there.

Adventist Spirituality

Christian spirituality, at the simplest level, is the lived experience of a personal relationship with God. It includes the day to day things we do to express and nourish that relationship, including prayer and the reading of Scripture. It includes the inspiration we find to keep us going, to help us make choices. It’s about…

Camp Meeting 2.0–God the Father

Alexander Carpenter has some comments regarding God the Father at Spectrum blog, as part of the “Blogging the 28″/Camp Meeting 2.0 series. You may make comments over there. Some years ago I wrote a review of a wonderful volume edited by Alvin F. Kimel, Jr., Speaking the Christian God: The Holy Trinity and the Challenge…

Controversial Acts?

I was surprised by statistics cited in an ABC report about breast-feeding showing a majority of Americans to be opposed to this most normal and natural of activities. … 57 percent of Americans said women should not have the right to breast-feed in public. Seventy-two percent said it was inappropriate to show a woman nursing…