LaSierra and the Church

In an earlier post, I expressed concern about the action of the Michigan Conference relating to LaSierra University. The denominational school (which I attended as a graduate student when it was part of Loma Linda University) has been accused of promoting evolution; the Michigan Conference Executive Committee voted that they would not offer the usual…

The GC Session–A Family Reunion

I just returned from my first General Conference session. The session itself (the every five year global gathering of delegates from throughout the Seventh-day Adventist church) will continue through next weekend; I went for a chaplains’ meeting that preceded the GC, and stayed the first weekend. I wasn’t one of the 2400 delegates, merely one…

How a GC President Is Elected

Steve Logan, a delegate to this week’s Seventh-day Adventist General Conference session from the UK, expresses frustration at how the president is “elected.” I’d like to see a report about how the process went in the committee. Would it have been to much to have given the delegates some basic info about the person nominated…

A Blow to Religious Liberty–and Campus Ministry

The Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian group, demanding that it conform to pro-homosexual policies on a law school campus. They have said that a school’s politically correct policies trump the First Amendment. Another post. They have said that a school can insist that Christian groups allow persons practicing and advocating immorality to be…

An Insight into Catholic Ecclesiology

Folks imagine the Catholic church is a monolithic organization, with all bishops in lockstep conformity to the pope. In fact, each bishop is “vicar of Christ” for the local church he leads–they have the fullness of orders, and have the role of apostles. This gives a bishop tremendous freedom, and protects him both from undue…

“If Only Women Were in Charge”

Charlene Spretnak at NCR writes, “Compromised hierarchy needs relational wisdom of women.” The relational wisdom of women is desperately needed if church leaders are to demonstrate that they have truly absorbed the implications of the sexual abuse scandal and are committed to a concomitant level of change. The crisis has destroyed whatever rationalization there was…

Church and State, Catholic Edition

Cardinal George went ballistic at last week’s bishops’ meeting–his target, Sr. Carol Keehan, CEO and president of the Catholic Health Association. He blames her for the passage of Obama’s health plan, and accuses her of setting up a parallel magisterium. He says her efforts, and those of “other co-called Catholic groups” have “have weakened the…

“Catholic Anarchism”?

An article about the “Catholic anarchism” of the “Catholic Worker” movement. Seems these folks need to go back and read some things Jesus said about “Rendering unto Caesar.” And Romans 13.

Are We Worshipping?

Hugo Mendez (former SDA, turned Catholic) has a series of reflections on Adventist worship (starting with this post). He raises some interesting issues. I’ll be doing a post (or series of posts) sometime soon on this topic myself; not so much to rebut Hugo, as to offer my own thoughts, inspired by his critique.

Jewish Genetics

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein looks at genetic studies that smash the myth that Ashkenazi Jews are not Semitic–a myth perpetrated in our day by Arthur Koestler. He links to a NYT story that reports, The shared genetic elements suggest that members of any Jewish community are related to one another as closely as are fourth or…

Indulgences

The Vatican is offering a special indulgence for the ending of the Year for Priests. An article I wrote on the subject: Indulgences and Satisfaction.

Adventists and “The Emerging Church”

There have been some discussions about the so-called “emerging church” at Adventist Today, with contributions by Herb Douglass, Monte Sahlin, and yours truly. The subject now graces the cover of the Adventist Review, with articles by Fernando Canale and James Coffin. Canale dismisses the “emerging church” as liberal compromise with postmodernism and Catholicism. He goes…

Helen Thomas

The “dean” of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, shocked lots of people this week by her appallingly antisemitic remarks. The story went around the world, her agent dropped her, her co-author abandons her, the association of White House reporters rebuked her … but some have come late to the story. The Washington Post…

Creation and Salvation

Some suggest that the controversy over the teaching of evolution at LaSierra University is irrelevant to the question of salvation. But Creation has much to do with Salvation! Creation tells us that we were created by a loving Father, who created mankind sinless and deathless and put us in Eden; that man fell, and this…

Spiritual But Not Religious. Right.

The Center for Progressive Christianity has a children’s curriculum out. TCPC is made up of a bunch of old school liberals: UCC, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, ELCA, etc. It says of this curriculum: There is little progressive Christian curriculum that is inclusive, inter-spiritual, joy-full, compassionate, and intelligent. In fact, many people are finding that the curriculum is…

Religious Liberty Denied in Egypt

Egyptian court says Coptic Church must allow divorce, remarriage. The court ruled that the Christians who make up 10% of the country’s population have the same right to marriage and remarriage as their Muslim neighbors, and Christian churches, regardless of their religious doctrines, must allow divorced people to remarry. The decision cannot be appealed. Another…