Response to Some Questions

A reader of this blog has asked a couple of questions (rather unpleasantly). Tonight, having just returned from the World Religions class I teach, I have decided to take the time to respond like Hillel instead of Shammai. First, he says the Seventh-day Adventist church is pro-abortion. Second, he says the Seventh-day Adventist church was…

After Candles, Blase

A Catholic tradition most Protestants have probably never heard of is connected with the feast of St. Blase (Feb. 3). After the candles are blessed on Candlemas, they are used the next day to bless throats. Two candles are crossed, and tied with red ribbons, and then thrust against the throat of the person whose…

The Media and Religion: Rural Churches

Time looks at problems facing rural churches. One response to the pastor shortage is “yoking” two congregations to share a circuit-riding minister–and one salary. And that’s news to Time? Many denominations are exploring ways to allow laypeople to preach. And that’s news to Time?

The Theological Significance of Ground Hog Day

It’s Ground Hog Day, the day a little animal looks out of his burrow, predicting the weather by the presence or absence of his shadow. Where did this come from? From the Catholic festival celebrated February 2, The Presentation of Our Lord. When Jesus was presented, Simeon exclaimed, Lord, now you let your servant depart…

Spiritual Disciplines–The Sabbath

Mark Driscoll talks about the Sabbath in a series on Spiritual Disciplines. His history is laughable, but his presentation of Reformed theology of the Sabbath (Sunday) is straightforward. By contrast, consider a recent book by a Seventh-day Adventist theologian: Jon L. Dybdahl, Hunger: Satisfying the Longing of Your Soul (Review and Herald, Autumn House, 2008). …