Torture

Keith Green used to say, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.” Or wemight say, sitting in church is no guarantee that you’ll soak anything up. A sad Pew study reinforces this point. But it isn’t just an indictment of churchgoers–it’s an indictment of…

Re-Up

I’ve been thinking about it a long time. At one point I had decided that it wasn’t likely. Resigned myself to some good memories. But then a friend’s commissioning got me to reflecting some more, as did some conversations with some folks from Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries. And a visit to Killeen finalized my determination. I’ve…

“Jesus Killed Mohammed”

That horrible phrase is the title of Jeff Sharlet’s current cover story in Harper’s. Allegedly, some soldiers had it written in Arabic on their vehicle. The story, which you can read at the newsstand, is about what he calls, “The crusade for a Christian military.” Yes, there are some problems. But he really gives an…

“Faith in Flux”

New study looks at changes in religious affiliation. Interactive chart. Executive summary. Those who were raised Catholic or Protestant who are now unaffiliated “just gradually drifted away” for the most part. Those who were unaffiliated and now go to a church did so largely to get their spiritual needs met (51%), but for 23% it…

Revisionist History

Robert Duncan posts an article by one Richard Frank on the atomic bombs. Frank says, Most Americans today are surprised to learn that in 1945 and for approximately two decades thereafter no significant controversy accompanied the use of atomic weapons to end the Pacific War. Opposition only surfaced in the 1960s, he claims, from “critics”…

Newsweek and Religion

Secular authors tend not to understand any variety of religion. I think this article in Newsweek, “Two Pastors Haunted by Columbine,” is a good example of this. Lisa Miller and Matthew Philipps try to make this a liberal/conservative thing. It isn’t. It’s about how to minister in a time of crisis. Of course a minister…

“Spirituality” in LA Public Schools

The folks from the Kabbalah Centre of commercialized pseudo-Jewish mysticism have managed to infiltrate LA public schools. Lots of folks are upset. Among those concerned, LA Times reports, is … Orthodox Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, an adjunct chair in Jewish law and ethics at Loyola Law School, who doesn’t believe the program belongs in public schools.…

SONscreen

If you are in LA this weekend, don’t miss the SONscreen film festival–especially the Saturday afternoon panel featuring Barbara Nicolosi and Ryan Bell.

Kurt Peterson, RIP

Ken Grant posts a tribute to our classmate Kurt Peterson. Obituary. Kurt always reminded me of Alan Alda for some reason. I guess it was the acerbic wit. Oh, the times we had together … the Seminary coffee shop, the “Blue Parrot,” hanging out in his room or ours, usually in the company of Steve…

Polls.

Barna claims most American Christians don’t believe the Holy Spirit exists. Problem is, they used terms like “living force” and “living entity.” These are the pollster’s terms, not the terms of Christian theology.  I don’t believe the Holy Spirit is a “living force”–that’s a term out of Star Wars. I wouldn’t call him a “living…

Sikhs in the Military

Sikhs have served in the militaries of many nations–but they face problems in the US. Accommodations are made from time to time for the wearing of the beard, uncut hair, and turban, but not consistently. The Sikh Coalition is asking for a consistent policy that would permit Sikhs to serve.

How Spiritual Are America’s Jews?

New study by Synagogue 3000. The first-ever comparative national study of spirituality among American Jews and Christians demonstrates that young Jews are more spiritually inclined on every available measure than their elders. The historic large gap in spiritual orientation between Jews and others is narrowing, especially among younger adults, those 35 and under. The S3K…