Pope: Luther’s “Faith Alone” OK. Sort Of.

Pope Benedict XVI said that it was OK for Catholics to accept Luther’s idea that we are justified by faith alone–depending upon what you mean by “faith alone.” Zenit has the text of his remarks. The wall — so says the Letter to the Ephesians — between Israel and the pagans was no longer necessary:…

Kid Shares Lunch–School Fined $1800

Alvin ISD was fined $1800 by state of Texas because a kid at Manvel High School shared his lunch. It violated a state rule. Report. Another. Gone are the days when you could swap a baloney sandwich for tuna. The food nazis want you to swallow their baloney only.

No Greater Glory

One of the highlights of fall in Houston is the Jewish Book Fair. I was out of town for most of it, but managed to stop by one day last week. I picked up just two books. One of them I found on the sale table for half price: Dan Kurzman, No Greater Glory: The…

Loose Cannon

Paulson begged for $700 billion dollars from Congress for a specific purpose that he said was vitally necessary or disaster would befall the world. Now he’s changed his mind and wants to take that money and spend it elsewhere. Jim Inhofe is right–this loose cannon needs to be tied down.

Farewell, Bloglines

I’ve used Bloglines for my blog subscriptions for many years. No more. The service has been out all day today. No attempt has been made to offer an explanation or an update. We don’t even get the graphic of the “Bloglines Plumber,” just a cheesy bunch of colored dots and a statement telling us what…

How Not to Talk to the Media

A former vice-chancellor of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese used to say that most of the phone calls he received led to him saying either, “Have you tried praying for Father?” or “Father, have you taken your medication today?” This priest was in California, but his bishop is probably asking him the latter question.

Tolerance

Gay radicals disrupt church service in Michigan. Why is this not being prosecuted as a hate crime? Gay protesters scream at old woman in Palm Springs. Police are trying to convince her to file charges. Gay activists force out theater director because he made a private contribution to support prop 8 (which was posted on…

Going Home

I’m sitting in the Las Vegas airport looking out at the lights of the city. The incessant ringing of slot machines throughout the airport is just a reminder of why I’ve always passed quickly through this town. I had a very nice visit last night with Marv and Lynn Nordhagen. I’ve known Lynn eleven years…

A. T. Jones on Christology in the Book of Hebrews

As I’ve mentioned, I’m taking a  class this week on the Development of SDA Theology from George Knight in Walla Walla, WA. Today we were talking about Christological issues, including the teaching of A. T. Jones in the 1890s. Jones based his understanding of the human nature of Christ on Biblical exegesis, especially on texts…

Feeling Old

The Baby Boomers had two presidents (both of whom represented different aspects of the angst of their generation); now the torch has been passed to Generation X (those born 1961-1981). Suddenly I feel old and tired, now that the president is my age. More importantly, I wonder which aspects of our generation’s angst will reveal…

Election Night in a College Town

Twenty minutes after John McCain conceded, I was in the Starbucks in downtown Walla Walla. It was crowded with young adults, most of whom were discussing things other than politics. Those that were discussing the election were saying things like, “I voted for Nader.” As for me, the only candidate I was passionately for was…

Walla Walla

I’m in Walla Walla, WA, for the week. I arrived yesterday, at the end of a long day of traveling, flying from Houston to Las Vegas to Portland (quick stop) to Spokane. I met a friend’s parents for lunch at the Spokane airport, then enjoyed the sunny drive down to Walla Walla. I checked into…

Pray for the Living

Some are praying for the dead today. I think it best that we remember what Scripture says: “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment.” And, “The living know that they will die, and the dead know not anything.” So pray for the living, who still have a chance.

Best War Book/Movie

My vote for the best war story: We Were Soldiers Once … And Young, by LTG Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (made into a movie by Mel Gibson). Now Moore and Galloway have written a sequel: We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields. About war, soldiering, leadership, and reconciliation.

WSJ: “Security Should Be the Deciding Issue”

In this time of economic crisis, a Wall Street Journal op-ed says we can’t let economic issues make us near-sighted. As the scale of the economic crisis becomes clear and comparisons to the Great Depression of the 1930s are tossed around, there is a very real danger that America could succumb to the feeling that…