Church and State in San Diego

Draconian officials in San Diego seek to prohibit religious freedom. FOX names Pr. and Mrs. David Jones as the victims of County misconduct, told they couldn’t have a Bible study in their home. UPDATE: San Diego County backs down.

“Utter Silliness”

The New York Times on “Angels and Demons. “The only people likely to be offended by “Angels & Demons” are those who persist in their adherence to the fading dogma that popular entertainment should earn its acclaim through excellence and originality.

A New Call

After two years as Associate Pastor of the Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church, a time meant to allow me to reacclimate to the church of my youth, I’ve been called to a new assignment. Starting next month, I’ll be pastor of the North Houston and Spring Creek Seventh-day Adventist churches. We won’t be moving–I’ll just…

Al Jazeera on Military Chaplains

Al Jazeera has aired a report on alleged proselytism by American soldiers, and alleged inappropriate conduct by chaplains. It includes extracts from a documentary, The Word and the Warriors, by Brian Hughes. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is making a big deal of it, saying it “proves proselytization rampant at U.S. military bases.” The film…

Willimon on Seminaries

Willimon writes: Seminaries, at least those in our church, labor under a growing disconnect between the graduates they are producing and the leadership needs of the churches these graduates are serving. This disjunction causes friction in and sometimes defeat of the transition between seminary and church for new pastors. For example, most protestant seminaries have…

Willimon on Borg

William Willimon writes: I recently heard Marcus Borg of the errant “Jesus Seminar” chide us pastors for protecting our congregations from the glorious fruits of “contemporary biblical scholarship.” There’s a brave new world of insight through the historical-critical study of Scripture! Don’t hold back from giving the people in the pew the real truth about…

The Pope at Yad Vashem

Pope’s speech. Reaction. The problem: German pope who was 18 when WW2 ended says nothing about Germany having done it, or about the German Catholics who helped make it happen, or about the legacy of Catholic antisemitism that made it possible.

The Puritans and Sex

CNA carries a story about Catholic author Christopher West’s “Theology of the Body,” and conservative Catholic opposition to him. Unfortunately, both West and his critics engage in misguided and erroneous bashing of Puritans, accusing them of being against sex and against the body. But hold on there. Did the Puritans demand that their clergy be…

Ave Maria, FL: A Town Without a Vote

Special series in the Naples Daily News looks at the governmental structure of Ave Maria, FL. It seems Tom Monaghan got the legislature to pass a special law disenfranchising the residents of his holy city. The law gives Monaghan and Barron Collier Cos. more power than any Florida developer in at least 24 years, power…

Torture, Inc.

ABC reports that the CIA hired two psychologists as consultants to help them devise torture techniques–but they had no prior experience in interrogation.