Beer and Wine Sales in Keene?

Keene, Texas, is a dry town–but a  group called Citizens for the Growth of Keene is circulating a petition calling for allowing sale of beer and wine, saying it would attract business. Hmm. Keene has 5000 residents, a Seventh-day Adventist university, high school, and elementary school,  a Seventh-day Adventist church with 2,880 members, and a…

The Eyes of Texas

The eyes of Texas are now on the presidential race. Today a couple of campaigns kicked off their Texas push–we went to Ron Paul’s rally in his hometown of Lake Jackson, where he gave his stump speech that basically comes down to “the Constitution still matters.” It was a diverse crowd–young, old, white, black, Hispanic,…

On the Soul

National Catholic Reporter has an article on understanding the soul, calling into question the Platonic notion of the immortality of the soul that has dominated Christian history, and showing the relevancy of the Biblical understanding of creation and resurrection.

Antisemitism in Lithuania

Christianity Today points to an article in The Forward about the pre-Lenten traditions in Lithuania. Instead of pancakes or beads and licentiousness, the tradition is ugly–people dressing up as caricatures of Jews (and as gypsies) in parades, and children going door-to-door (as they do here on Halloween). When Simonas Gurevicius, the 26-year-old executive director of…