QOD

Looks like I’ll be taking a trip in October to attend the Questions on Doctrine conference at Andrews University. Among other things, it will be a chance to see some old friends and professors and to meet some fellow bloggers.

Heaven as a Texas Barbecue

Rod Dreher links to an article in his newspaper about a Dallas barbecue joint that offers something special … Think of it as the Tuesday combination special at Smokey John’s BBQ – brisket and Bible study, prayer and potato salad, sweet tea and sympathy. “It’s real here,” said one woman who has attended the fellowship…

Hurricane Dean

I feel sorry for folks in Jamaica and Mexico, of course, but I am nonetheless very relieved that we are now completely out of the projected path of any of the computer models. From Sunday’s Houston Chronicle, Lessons Unlearned after Rita. E.g., Who should evacuate? We’re far to the west side of Houston, not in…

“Religious ‘Infantilization'”

R. Scott Appleby reviews book by Paul Lakeland, Catholicism at the Crossroads. …. [This is] the best educated and most sophisticated generational cohort of Catholics in the history of the United States, the apathetic majority of whom continue to accept religious “infantilization” within an ecclesial structure that privileges hierarchy at the expense of community, fosters…

Gaillardetz on the CDF on the Church

Catholic theologian Rick Gaillardetz looks at the CDF statement on the church in the latest America. He throws out this hypothetical as “a thought experiment”: Consider the following thought experiment. Imagine a neighborhood with two churches: Grace Lutheran and St. Bernadette Catholic parish. According to the council’s teaching, the Lutheran congregation would be lacking some…