The Tax Issue is the Central One for the Health Care Mandate

Our government wants to play both sides of the street in this issue, but is having a hard time doing so: Throughout the two-year history of the health care litigation, judges have mocked the Obama administration’s have-your-cake approach to the central question debated at the Supreme Court on Monday: whether the constitutional challenge is even …

Failure Requires More Than Just Being Ineffective

My attention has recently been drawn to an item in Christianity Today on "Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders."  Having spent proportionately as much time in ministry work as anyone dealing with leadership issues and leadership training, I can say that the whole issue of leadership has become something of an obsession in Christian circles, …

When You're Doing All of the Fighting, It Eventually Gets Old

Maureen Dowd expresses shock that there are Southern doves: “We are spending $10 billion a month that we can’t even pay for,” said Congressman Walter Jones, that rarest of birds, a Southern Republican dove. “The Chinese — Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we are spending in Afghanistan.” On Tuesday morning, …

"Evangelistically Speaking" Comes to Liberal Christianity

We've been told that this doesn't happen, but now we know better... During a Sunday morning service at Trinity Church last summer, a longtime parishioner looked around during the reading of the Gospel and counted the worshippers. By her tally, there were 49 people in the pews of the historic lower Manhattan church - a …

The Site That Stands Firm Moves Forward

Visitors to Stand Firm in Faith, had they not heeded the warnings, were probably surprised to see the entirely new format yesterday evening.  And it was a pleasant surprise; the changes take Stand Firm into a new dimension as a blog and in reality as a news source. As Greg Griffith explained, the changes are …

Rowan Williams: Anglican Fudge Doesn't Work Any More

Rowan Williams' resignation/retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury has generated a great deal of comment within and without the Anglican/Episcopal world.  It's not been a happy tenure of the seat of Becket and Cranmer (it ended badly for them, too, from a temporal standpoint) and everybody knows it. But life is too short to make all …

Glide Memorial's Bobby Kent

Glide Memorial's Bobby Kent (Olympia 6052N2) 1976 The San Francisco Bay Area was the scene for much of what made the 1960's and 1970's what they were, and this album is right in the groove of that. Glide Memorial is one of the premier black liberal churches in the U.S. It was in the forefront …

Is Evangelicals' Cultural Influence Collapsing?

David French at NRO thinks so: During my years in the pews, I’ve witnessed a moral collapse — and a corresponding collapse in positive influence over the real lives not just of our fellow congregants but also of our fellow citizens in need. Of course it’s difficult to present a compelling witness when our own …

The Brits Give a New Meaning to "Taking Up Your Cross"

And, true to form, the Archbishop of Canterbury isn't helping matters: Today the Archbishop of Canterbury is reported as saying: “The cross has become a religious decoration.” It is something which religious people hang on to as a substitute for faith. He goes on: “I believe that during Lent one of the things we all …

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