Month of Sundays: Witness

So the Jews again called the man who had been blind, and said to him: "Give God the praise; we know that this (Jesus) is a bad man." "I know nothing about his being a bad man," he replied; "one thing I do know, that although I was blind, now I can see." (John 9:24-25) …

After the Palm Beach Season: Sometimes It Pays to Stay on the Island

A few "snowbirds" are finding this out the hard way: Palm Beacher Jessie Araskog said Saturday she and her husband, Rand, decided to evacuate their Southampton home and get a suite at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. “We are all boarded up and ready for the storm," Araskog said. Jessie Araskog said her daughter, …

Covenant Community: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I've dealt with the issue of Catholic Charismatic covenant communities--and why I avoided them--at length on this blog.  Now my friend John Flaherty has started a Facebook group on the subject entitled Covenant Community: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  It's a road that is potentially painful for some, but it's time for some …

Sharia Law in Libya: Have We Done It Again?

Looks like it: But despite the Lockean tenor of much of the constitution, the inescapable clause lies right in Part 1, Article 1: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).” Under this constitution, in other words, Islam is law. That makes other phrases such as …

Month of Sundays: Unity

But I appeal to you, Brothers, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree in what you profess, and not to allow divisions to exist among you, but to be united-of one mind and of one opinion. (1 Corinthians 1:10) Like many liberal churches, the Unity congregation found itself far too small for …

Why Do Liberals Care When Petrol Prices Rise?

That great Socialist Bernie Sanders evidently does: Senator Bernie Sanders, a staunch critic of oil speculators, leaked the information to a major newspaper in a move that has unsettled both regulators and Wall Street alike. In a June 16 e-mail reviewed by Reuters, a senior policy adviser to Sanders discusses how his office received private …

Ambushing the Faithful: Going Back to the Old Way (Sort Of) in the Roman Catholic Mass

Being unprepared for major change isn't new in Roman Catholicism, and it's about to happen again: Since changes were approved by the Vatican in December, U.S. bishops have been preparing priests and lay Catholics for the first use of the revised missal on Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent. But despite an aggressive effort …

Evangelical Christianity, the Perpetual Road Trip

The recent death of John Stott has given people who are normally hostile to Evangelical Christianity an opportunity to say some good things about an individual whose high place in the movement is deserved.  Such praise is generally joined with criticism of those who had the bad taste to carry the movement into the political …

Reality Check: Jobs Weren't the Real Objective to Start With

Even the Black Caucus has just about had enough: The problem, Waters said, is that Obama is not paying enough attention to the problems of some black Americans.  The unemployment rate for African-Americans nationally is a little over 16 percent, and almost twice that in Detroit.  And yet, Waters said, the president is on a …

If You Believe That Everything in Life That Goes Wrong is Someone Else’s Fault, You’re a Failure

A few years back I was involved in an extraordinarily complex business transaction.  It was complex not only because our legal system makes even the simplest transaction a mess, but also due to the nature of both sides of the transaction.  On my side, I was set as the chief negotiator of a group of …

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