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…