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Rev. Ian Mitchell: What a Difference Thirty Years Make

One of the more interesting albums I posted (or more accurately reposted) is Ian Mitchell's American Folk Song Mass.  At the time he was living in Chicago.  Listening to the album, it doesn't take a genius to figure out which side of the political spectrum Mitchell was coming from.  But I've always taken an open …

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Academic Freedom: Nice While It Lasted

But the Ivy Leaguers are hard at work to change that: Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words …

The Big Differences Between Pope Francis and the Prosperity Charismatics

The greeting video that Pope Francis sent to Kenneth Copeland's conference has created a stir.  There are the usual Protestant vs. Catholic kinds of issues being brought up, and of course the obvious one: why a Pope who has pushed Catholic social teaching back to the forefront--to the discomfort of American conservatives--would even give a …

Robert Munday's Doing It Over Again, and a Note on Systematic Theology

Former Nashotah House Dean Robert Munday's "If I had to do it over again..." is an excellent response to a sorry episode.  I know it's hard for someone who has put his life into a work which others delight in unravelling to watch that take place. Some comments on what he had to say: To …

Bishop Salmon Plays Colonel Nicholson. Again.

He's really stepped in it this time: An invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Katharine Jefferts Schori to be the guest preacher at Nashotah House's historic seminary chapel has resulted in at least two resignations from that seminary's board. A memo from Bishop Jack Iker of the Diocese of Ft. Worth (confirmed by his staff) …

Head and Heart Knowedge: Doing What They Said Couldn't Be Done

Dale Coulter's moving piece on adoption, image and God's love (including extensive reference to St. Thomas Aquinas) brought back a more prosaic incident that happened to me while working in the family business. About thirty years ago, between trips to China, I had to make a trip to Holland for an offshore hammer repair.  With …

What Do You Expect? This is the Global North!

I guess a blog which at least claims to be in the Anglican/Episcopal blogosphere should have something to say in the wake of all the "fun" going on around Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.  That includes his sycophantic press release re Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori's upcoming honourary doctorate at Oxford and his address to …

When the Government Denies You Serving Sunday Brunch

In Palm Beach, where else: Harvey Oyer, attorney for Del Frisco’s Grille: Royal Poinciana Plaza restaurant originally wanted to serve Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch. Council approved Saturday lunch service, asked restaurant to meet conditions to open: No live music, approved operating hours, priority reservation system for residents, no happy hour, refuse stored indoors, employee …

The Best Selling Aggie Author: A Controversial Christian

It's Forrest Mims: Forrest M. Mims III '66, "the Country Scientist," has written more than 60 books, mostly technical tomes on electronics, some in various editions and in two or more languages. His total sales exceed 7 million copies. He is probably best known for his hand-lettered and illustrated Getting Started in Electronics, published by Radio Shack in …

America in Blue Suede Shoes: Obama vs. the Work Ethic

Our strange government is at it again: It began when the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the interplay of taxes and subsidies in the law “creates a disincentive for people to work.” The report predicted the mix would lead to fewer hours worked, costing the equivalent of nearly 2.5 million jobs. …

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