The Star Spangled Banner Restored

After 10 years, the Smithsonian’s restoration of the Star Spangled Banner is complete, and it will be visible when the museum itself reopens tomorrow after a two year renovation. The flag is in a new display, no longer hanging as it had been for many years.

Confusing?

Chuck Scriven is confused by Trinitarian theology and history. First, some details. The Athanasian Creed is much later than the Nicene Creed, not earlier. The Symbol of Chalcedon is not a creed. He says, “No attempt, however valiant, will resolve the puzzle of how Jesus could have had, at the same time, all the traits…

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…

Gays Continue to Threaten Mormons

Angry gay mobs continue to vent their anger at Christian morality by targeting and threatening Mormons. Mark Shea has several links. Gay Brownshirts on the March! See if you can spot the *real* anti-freedom fascists: …said San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty. “The Mormon church has had to rely on our tolerance in the past, to…

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…

Campbell Brown Talks Turkey to McCain Aides

Even if half of what they are saying about Sarah Palin were true (and CNN has determined it is not), Campbell Brown says all it does is focus the blame for McCain’s loss right where it belongs, right on the very aides who are now trying to blame Sarah. They ran the campaign. They called…

The Catholic Vote

US Bishops give directions–but it appears no one is listening. But what the article doesn’t address is that few bishops actually made an issue of abortion; most bishops were more muddled. And it says nothing about the huge numbers of parish priests, chancery bureaucrats, and lay ministers who think “social justice” issues far more important…

Tolerance in California

Gay activists are targeting Mormon temples in California in a campaign of hate. 1000 converged on the Mormonn temple in Westwood, LA, screaming epithets such as “bigots.” The gay activists and their allies had portrayed opposition to prop 8 as a matter of “tolerance” and “religious liberty.” Hopefully such scenes as these put the final…

Analyzing CA Prop 4 Vote

Republicans, parents, married couples, Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, and church goers all favored CA Prop. 8, which would have required parents to be notified before their children undergo a certain dangerous medical procedure. Democrats, singles, people without children, Whites, and those with no religious background said no.

Grace in Defeat?

When Democrats lost in 2000 and 2004, there was an awful lot of whining. They made accusations of a stolen election. They made t-shirts and bumper stickers that said, “Not My President.” Contrast that with John McCain’s grace in his resignation speech. Now, consider California. Proposition 8 passed on Tuesday, restoring the uniqueness of marriage…

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…

Gay Marriage and Civil Rights

Proponents of gay marriage have tried to make it analogous to the civil rights struggles of African Americans, equating sexual behavior with racial identity. Hopefully they will take a lesson from the passage of Proposition 8 in California that this is not a legitimate comparison–the African American community sent a very clear message, supporting Proposition…