Maybe Our Ministers Are Really a Trade Union After All

In Iceland, this is literally the case: A proposal to ban clergy from charging or accepting fees for funerals, weddings and baptisms has prompted threats of industrial action by the clergy union of the Church of Iceland (Þjóðkirkjan). A little while back I lamented the following: The second is that (with exceptions) our ministers and …

Real Socialists, Fake Socialists and the Virginia Governor’s Race

Earlier today I posted a link to a free Soviet textbook entitled Systems of Linear Equations. It was published in the late 1980's and is one of a series of Soviet textbooks I've highlighted on my websites. Why, you ask, do I pass along Soviet textbooks? There are two reasons. The first is that I …

Some Old/New Advent and Christmas Resources

For many churches, it's time to think about the Advent/Christmas season. Maybe you've already started. Maybe you're dealing with serious questions, like...should I ask N to light the Advent wreath after he/she almost burned the church down last year? Or perhaps...is there a reason why the congregation mouths the sermons I'm preaching, they are after …

That Pesky Johnson Amendment Strikes Again

This time for the Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris' video for African-American churches: Democratic leaders have pulled out the stops to try to help Terry McAuliffe in his struggling campaign for governor in Virginia. Figures from Barack Obama to Stacey Abrams have stumped for McAuliffe who is in a tight race with businessman Glenn …

Nazir-Ali Swims the Tiber

As fellow swimmer Gavin Ashenden notes: It has been announced that Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, has left Anglicanism and become a Roman Catholic.He was received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, entering the ordinariate on his name day, the feast of St Michael, two weeks ago.This is without doubt one of …

Geniuses: From Suicidal to Criminal

Now the latter is under investigation: Dr. James Clinton Oleson, an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Auckland, turned up this fascinating nugget of information after conducting anonymous surveys and interviews with 465 members of a high IQ society, who possessed an average IQ of 149. He compared their levels of self-reported criminality …

The Unsaid Lesson of Francis Collins

He gets is both barrels from Nate Fisher at the American Reformer: Collins has long been celebrated by evangelical influencers, and upon his departure those praising him included Russell Moore, Tim Keller, and David French. The well-credentialed  evangelicals who populate urban churches like Keller’s have been taught to aspire to a “faithful presence” in elite …

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