It's Easier to Vote When It Makes a Difference

@danbalz wonders why this keeps happening: The Center for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE) recently issued a dreary summation about participation in the primary elections so far this year. Based on the 25 states that have already held their primaries, the report chronicled a pattern of voter indifference and, in some cases, record low turnout. I …

They'll Bust You for Anything in the U.S.

Including, in some places, DUI on a lawnmower:  A Northern Colorado man was arrested on suspicion on DUI but it was what he was driving that makes this case unusual. He was driving a lawnmower. Police said Kenneth Welton was driving drunk from bar to bar along a very busy 8th Avenue in Garden City …

If You Don't Want People's Opinion, Don't Ask

A familiar mantra comes from Billy Graham's grandson: "The core message of the Christian faith has been lost in the public sector because what we are primarily known for is our political ideology or opinion," Tchividjian told The Christian Post. Over the last 30 years, the Religious Right has replaced Christianity's foremost message of the …

@holysmoke: The "un-English and un-Manly" Hit the Wall

Translated, Church of England Anglo-Catholics: From the moment the General Synod voted for women priests in 1992, it was inevitable that it would also vote for women bishops...Conservative Anglo-Catholics now face a simple choice: stay in an established Church that has reaffirmed its liberal Protestantism by this vote, or seek full communion with Rome, either …

Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Church Planting Will Be Also

The Episcopalians haven't done much church planting these days: Over on Episcopal Café, blogger Jim Naughton recently asked the question: “Why doesn’t the Episcopal Church plant more churches?” Arizona Episcopal Priest Susan Brown Snook sparked the conversation by pointing out that in 2012, the entire Episcopal Church planted just three congregations. To place that into perspective, …

So Who Are My Mother and My Brothers? Part II

The oldest Pentecostal educational institution that I am aware of is the Holmes Bible College in Greenville, SC.  For many years Dr. Paul F. Beacham was its President, impacting the lives of many of his students.  In his 1950 book Questions and Answers on the Scriptures and Related Subjects (published by the Pentecostal Holiness Church publishing house), …

Cold Blooded Politics: The Children's Immigration Mess

It seems that our political scene doesn't have many slow days anymore, and now we have a daily ration of news about children from Mexico and Central America arriving at our border for a new life.  The Occupant doesn't want to see them for himself, lest the rest of us do the same via his …

The Church as Club: My Response to Frank Matthew Powell

I was recently directed to Frank Matthew Powell's blog post Dear American Church…I Am Not Renewing My Membership This Year.  He's touched on a subject I've mon occasion but now need to take up in earnest: the church as a club. Most people who decry the church becoming a private club have never spent much …

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