Of course, the big news this week is the Supreme Courts ruling in the DOMA case. Here’s a thoughtful and calm response from Ed Stetzer. What should churches do now? The same thing we last week: preach the gospel, care for the suffering, love our neighbor. The Church has been here before. Don’t panic.
According to various reports, about 100,000 Christians were martyred in 2011. I had seen these numbers before, but couldn’t verify the information. It appears that a Vatican study and one done by Gordon Conwell Seminary are saying essentially the same thing.
I found this little info-graph showing some hypothetical numbers related gun ownership and suicide. The kicker: hypothetically, based on the stats we have, a very religious society with limited access to guns would see a dramatic drop in suicide but being religious alone would not produce the same results. Go figure.
The Southern Baptist Convention is trying to calm the tense theological disagreement over soteriology among their churches. The Calvinism Advisory Committee issued a report this week. If you’re wondering why this matters, the SBC is the largest Christian denomination in the United States. For Evangelicals of all stripes, SBC influence gets around.
Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez was raised by two lesbians. He spoke out this week, stating that he was against the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual couples. He is certain that this is not good for children. Some French homosexuals said the same thing a few months ago.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America elected its first gay bishop this week. They are the second denomination to do so. If it goes for them like it’s going for the Episcopal Church, the future does not look bright.
In honor of crazy Christians everywhere, I give you Pope Michael. I’m glad my brand of Christianity is not the only one with a crazy uncle or two. I admit to not being able to look away from this video.
After a long absence, my schedule has relaxed a little, and I thought we should bring back the Rabbit Trails.
Hopping down the WWRT this week…
The radio ministry of Harold Camping – the guy who has failed to predict the Apocalypse not once, but three times – appears to be in financial trouble. Religion News Service article.
If you’ve never read the “Get Religion” blog, you need to. The purpose of this blog is for Christians in the news media to critique the media’s coverage of news stories that have religious angles. I really enjoy reading their work. Just this week, this story about interviewing pro-choice activists about the Gosnell trial was really interesting.
For you paddlers out there, here’s some cool places to paddle in the north country. I’d love to do some of these sometime.
From CT, should pastors know what people give? This is interesting, and there are pros and cons to each position. I don’t know what anyone in my church gives. I would rather not. What do you think as a person in the pews?
All of the talk about being missional and radical has some asking if this is a new kind of legalism. I have the same question. I might post on it sometime.
Procrastinators of the world unite…tomorrow! I loved this article about procrastinators, of whom I am chief. Turns out that procrastination is a way of not doing a job perfectly that doesn’t need to be done perfectly. Procrastination is not really a waste of time. It is a way of using time to foster creativity that leads productivity when a deadline gets close. I could’ve told you that! Continue reading →
I really liked this post from Trevin Wax about keeping Christ central in our teaching and preaching.
In one of the more disturbing stories of the last few weeks, the Sikh temple shooter claims he is a Christian terrorist even though he isn’t really a follower of Christianity. Brian Auten at TGC takes a look at the claim.