Month of Sundays: Temptation

Once more the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms in the world and their glory. The devil said to him, "I will give you all this if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Go away, Satan! Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your …

Boomer Christianity: A Victim of Its Own Leadership

George Barna lets us know that Boomers' enthusiasm for church is waning in their old age: Meanwhile, as Boomers have aged, they have been slowly distancing themselves from both conventional religious behaviors and beliefs – the typical expectation-breaking pattern we have come to expect from Boomers. (Just as they are reluctant to accept 65 as …

Les Reflets: De l'abondance du coeur, la bouche parle (Out of the Abundance of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks)

When we think of "contemporary" Christian music, most of us restrict ourselves to the US, or throw in the UK for good measure.  But the revolution in Christian music in the 1960's and 1970's went far beyond the Anglophone world, and this album--from France--may be the best example of that. It's conventional wisdom to characterise …

Barack Obama: Will the Caudillo Rise to the Occasion?

Sounds like he'd like to: "The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written," Obama said at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference. …

Are We Defending a Faith or a Civilisation?

This question has been on my mind for some time now.  Much of what I read comes from the Anglican world, so the response is in some measure to much of that, but I see the same kind of thing in Evangelical circles also.  The difference between the two is that the Anglicans usually have …

Month of Sundays: Suffering

What credit can you claim when, after doing wrong, you take your punishment for it patiently? But, on the other hand, if, after doing right, you take your sufferings patiently, that does win the approval of God. For it was to this that you were called! For Christ, too, suffered--on your behalf--and left you an …

To Stay Out of Purgatory, Read the Bible

While out and about on holiday earlier this week, I purchased at an antique store a copy of a family Catholic Bible from the early 1950's.  In addition to translations that have fallen out of favour (even in the RCC) it contains several fascinating aspects that you don't see any more. First, it gives an …

Order of the Engineer: We Still Need Divine Guidance

This past weekend I attended the Leadership Summit for the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The Geo-Institute is one of eight institutes within the Society which deals with specialties within civil engineering, in this case soils and foundations.  Part of that meeting was an induction of some of the attendees into the …

Month of Sundays: Storms

So, when a light wind sprang up from the south, thinking that they had found their opportunity, they weighed anchor and kept along the coast of Crete, close in shore. But shortly afterwards a hurricane came down on us off the land--a north-easter, as it is called. The ship was caught by it and was …

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