Vegetarian Restaurants in Houston

1. Field of Greens has been in Houston a long time–I don’t know why it took us 12 years to find it. I’ve gone twice by myself for lunch, and took the wife and son there yesterday. There are lots of vegan options (and many of the vegetarian items can be easily modified). The food…

Getting Serious about Diet

Maybe it’s time to start a food blog. Or maybe not quite, but I’m in the mood to do some blogging about food. I think I’ve decidedly gone vegetarian now–even largely vegan. The final straw was a recent physical that showed my cholesterol was still at 211, despite a largely vegetarian diet. The problem was,…

How Not to Eat

Take a look at the nutritional info in a SmashBurger (a chain that has recently opened stores in Houston). One burger has 1010 calories, 62g of fat, 1743mg of sodium! Notice also that a few things are missing from the list–cholesterol, for instance. “Zero” here doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any–only that the report doesn’t…

“A Vegetarian for a Month”

Chef Robert St. John, writing about the difficulties of catering for vegans , says he was a vegetarian for a whole month.  “It wasn’t easy,” he says. “I actually became a carbotarian and lived on bread, cheese, and milk.” How does a chef, who should know all about these things called fruits and vegetables, eat…

Vegetarianism in the News

The New York Times recently has an article questioning whether vegans or vegetarians should serve meat at their weddings for the sake of carnivores who attend. The comments section includes rants from guests who complain that they need to eat “real food,” and that the wedding isn’t about the couple, it’s about the guests, etc.,…

A New Lutheran Church

The North American Lutheran Church was officially organized today, formed by Bible-believing Lutherans leaving the apostate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Paul McCain (LCMS) wishes them well.

New English Mass Translation

The Vatican has announced that the new English translation of the Roman Missal will be implemented in Advent 2011. GetReligion looks at coverage of the story. See also the USCCB page, especially the Order of Mass. It’s a more literal translation, with both the imagery (and the theology of sacrifice) much clearer than in the…

“Imagine There’s No Heaven”

Guardian reports that the pope suggests, “It’s easy if you try.” Heaven for Benedict is an abstraction, being in God’s love, not a real place. They’re reporting on his homily for the feast of the Assumption. All of us are conscious today that with the term “heaven,” we do not refer to some place in…

Seminary Life

“Fearsome Pirate” writes about his seminary experience (Concordia) in a post entitled, “Seminary Detox.” Replace the names of places and people with the equivalents in your denomination and ask, “Are we like this?”

A New Lutheran Church

Paul McCain links to news about the new Lutheran denomination in formation: the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). It is being created by “confessional” Lutherans dissatisfied with the liberalism of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I was in seminary (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg) when the ELCA was formed. I was ordained as…

LA Union Bullies Paper

It’s the teachers’ union, and they are threatening boycot of the LA Times. Why? Because the newspaper dared to report public information about test scores of students, and linking them with teachers. “You’re leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by … a test,”…

Evangelism–We’re Doing It All Wrong

For a generation we’ve been told that we should target families in evangelism. They bring stability, and children, and money. Maybe. But they’re also part of a cohort that is unlikely to change their affiliation. Barna has an interesting report out, Do Americans Change Faiths? The first reality is that people are leaving Christianity faster…

Toronto Vegetarian Association: No Christians Need Apply

The Toronto Vegetarian Association refused to allow the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to participate in their Food Fair.  The reason? Because Seventh-day Adventists believe marriage is an institution rooted in Creation between a man and a woman. Some folks at Spectrum seem to think that the Ontario Conference should have done as the TVA…

Gambling in Jesus’ Name

I’m on the mailing list for a Catholic retreat center in Houston; their summer newsletter just arrived–an equal number of pages and raffle tickets! This brings me to something I never understood about Catholicism: the idea that ministries are to be supported by gambling. It’s not just raffles, of course. BINGO supports many a Catholic…

“Sunday-Keeping”

Seventh-day Adventists, like most other Christians, have their own insider language. For instance, many Adventists, when speaking with one another, will refer to other Christians as “Sunday-keepers.” I’ve never met a “Sunday-keeper” who would use the term of himself, though. It’s kind of funny, when you think about it, that Adventists gloss over all the…

Quia or Quatenus?

Lutheran seminarians pick up a lot of Latin (at least they do if they go to a seminary that cares about theology and history). An important question in Lutheran history is the relationship between the Confessions and the Bible. The Bible is the standard, of course–but Lutherans also consider the Confessions a standard. One distinction…

Walker vs. Morality

The issue in Judge Walker’s ruling against Proposition 8 is simple: he rejects religion and traditional morality because they critique his own personal lifestyle. This seems clear in the “findings of fact” he made against religious teaching in his decision. For example, Walker’s written decision listed as its 77th finding of fact: “Religious beliefs that…

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagazaki–and Manila and Nanjing.

Richard Fernandez writes: As the New York Times remembers Hiroshima, try this quiz. Name the two greatest losses of civilian life in the Pacific war. Hint. In both cases the civilian casualties were greater than Hiroshima’s. In one case the event took place on American soil. Casualties Hiroshima 70,000–80,000 Battle of Manila 100,000 Nanjing 300,000…

The Issue is Islam–and Religious Freedom

Some folk continue to say that the question in the case of the Cordoba Initiative project in Manhattan is the proximity of a mosque to “Ground Zero,” not the building of a mosque per se. They say the issue is sensitivity, not religious freedom. A couple of Canadian Muslims even claim the plan is a…

“Same-Sex Marriage and the Assault on Moral Reasoning”

Matthew J. Franck writes: It is something of a consolation, albeit a small one, that the best arguments advocates for a constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage can muster are so transparently bad. Disconnected from nature, from history, from the canons of legal reasoning, and even from the standards of logic itself, their arguments betray themselves…

The ELCA

Want to understand what the ELCA is about? Check out this post about a liturgy receiving into the ELCA some pastors and churches that had been disciplined because of their advocacy of homosexuality.

Religious Liberty Lesson in New York

Mayor Bloomberg reminds New York that it wasn’t always an embracing city: “Of all our precious freedoms, the most important may be the freedom to worship as we wish. And it is a freedom that, even here in a City that is rooted in Dutch tolerance, was hard-won over many years. In the mid-1650s, the…