The Miami Herald Gets It Right About Honduras

I've had very few nice things to say over the years about the Miami Herald (the paper I grew up on) but this time Glenn Garvin nails it, on the subject of Honduras: Here's a question for all these new-found defenders of Honduran democracy: Where were you last week? Perhaps if some of these warnings …

Triumph of Democracy in Honduras: Statement from Rev. Miguel Alvarez

I wanted an insider's view of this situation.  I got one: this from Rev. Miguel Alvarez, a native of Honduras and the current Administrative Bishop of the Northeastern Hispanic Region of the Church of God.  (He's also a good friend and a great guy.)  From his Facebook note: Beloved friends, I write this note from …

Gildas: On the Ruin of Britain, Part II

This is a continuation of Part I. II. THE HISTORY 3. The island of Britain, situated on almost the utmost border of the earth, towards the south and west, and poised in the divine balance, as it is said, which supports the whole world, stretches out from the south-west towards the north pole, and is …

Is the Republican List of Presidential Candidates Really Shrinking, and Do They All Have to Go to Old Ivy?

Fox News thinks so: The Grand Old Party's 2012 presidential pool isn't looking so grand these days. Add Nevada Sen. John Ensign's and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affairs to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's unconvincing TV speech and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family dramas, and the Republican presidential herd is thinning fast -- leaving …

Gildas: On the Ruin of Britain, Part I

Introduction Gildas (c. 504-570) Sapiens ("the wise") was a British monk who chronicled one of the strangest--and for subsequent history one of the most important--sequence of events in the fall of the Roman Empire: the separation of Britain from Rome and the subsequent disintegration of "post-Roman Britain" at the hands of the Saxons. The story …

The Life of the Archpriest Avvakum by Himself

Preface In the spring of 2005, our city received a visit from Frederica Matthewes-Green, the once-Episcopalian now-Orthodox Christian writer. I went to hear her in a not very impressive Orthodox church (after Russia, I'm spoilt, I suppose.) In the wake of this I sent her an inquiry as follows: I find your position on the …

Making Capital Flight Harder: The Banana Republic Marches On

Yes, it does: Section 7874 was enacted to foreclose many tax benefits from the transfer of a U.S. corporate business to a foreign corporation or the insertion of a foreign holding company as owner of U.S. corporations. The rules also apply to similar partnership transfers. Two different sets of rules apply, depending on the percentage …

Book Review: Steven Sheeley and Robert Nash’s The Bible in English Translation: An Essential Guide

Until, say, the 1960's, there was just about only one translation of the Bible into English that most Anglophone Christians used: the King James Bible (more properly referred to as the "Authorised Version.")  Although newer translations--some derived from the AV, some not, like this one--were out there, it wasn't until then that lay people in …

When Church Becomes Pointless

First written in 1997; updated 2003. After this was written, we found out that many others felt the same way we did: the New Jersey diocese lost nearly half its membership during Spong's tenure as Bishop. A Long Trip In the course of my work at Church of God Lay Ministries, I was asked to …

The Jesus Manifesto is Out. So Now What?

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola lay it on the line: What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology. Christianity is not a philosophy. Christianity is the “good news” that Beauty, Truth and Goodness are found in a person. Biblical community is founded and found on the connection to …

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