Pat Robertson vs. the "Shepherding Movement"

In the midst of the ongoing tragedy of the recent tornadoes here in Tennessee and around the South-east, I received a most interesting document: an exchange of 1975 correspondence between Pat Robertson and Bob Mumford (and some other items) re Pat's objections to the "shepherding movement" in vogue at the time.  That movement was the …

Ark: Voyages

Ark: Voyages (1978) When one thinks of Southern music--especially in the 1970's--one thinks of either Country and Western or Southern Gospel. And it's true that much of what came out in that era was one or the other. A good example of that was the Greenville, SC group Southern Joy that we feature on this …

Christ has arisen! He has truly arisen!

Without a doubt the most unusual association I developed in my years of making and selling pile driving equipment is my association with the Russians. I spend some time on this site with some of the lessons I learned. We learn the advantages of monotheism from a train trip in Half a Million Roubles. Is …

Month of Sundays: Following

After this many of his disciples drew back, and did not go about with him any longer. So Jesus said to the Twelve: “Do you also wish to leave me?” But Simon Peter answered: “Master, to whom shall we go? Immortal Life is in your teaching; And we have learned to believe and to know …

They Tell Us What To Do And We Do It: A Good Friday Reflection

Today is Good Friday. It's about as late as it gets in the year. As Lent winds up and we reflect on the Passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, it's also time for those of us in academia to wind up the semester (well, those of us on a semester system...) It's been …

Doing the State's Bidding: The Church of England, Parliament, Women Bishops and Same Sex Civil Marriage

Andrew Goddard, once more with feeling, points out the obvious about Parliament's governance over the Church of England: The Church of England, wrestling with internal differences over provision for opponents of women bishops and over responses to same-sex relationships, could soon find a further contentious topic being added to the mix: the question of establishment, …

Katharine Jefferts-Schori: From Litigious to Practical, From Pathetic to Prophetic

This is what she tells the part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh she got to keep: Although the two churches battled over property in court, Jefferts Schori said she foresees a day when churches will become something different. "More faith communities will decide not to have a permanent dedicated structure in the coming years," she …

Tom Belt and God Unlimited

Every now and then a group comes along which represents the best of its genre. Its leadership, those who play and sing with it, everything seems to "click." Although picking an absolute best in the turbulent era of the 1960's and 1970's isn't easy, for college campus church based groups, it's hard to beat God …

Month of Sundays: Fruit

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that should remain, so that the Father might grant you whatever you ask in my Name. (John 15:16) “I hope you are right.” The Chinese engineer across the table was sceptical about my claims. …

A Colorado Based Priest Becomes Rector at Bethesda

Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church has a new rector at last: After a year of searching, The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea has a new rector. Tapped by the search committee, the Rev. James R. Harlan of Denver has accepted the job and will begin work the second week of June. His first Sunday in the pulpit will …

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