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Yelp for churches
February 24, 2010 – 9:03 pm | One Comment

So I just ran across this from another blog : ChurchRater.com . Evidently, founder Jim Henderson decided to start the Web site to rate churches–in the same way that TripAdvisor rates hotels or Yelp rates everything else–to help people find local faith communities. And in case you were wondering, Jim owns a consulting business to help churches “see themselves through the eyes of Outsiders.” Yeah, I’m not surprised either. I’m curious to see how high this gets off the ground. I have found myself using Yelp or AroundMe on my iPhone to check out churches when I’m out of town. The pickings are slim. Perhaps this will fill a void. As to what it says about the commodification of American religion, there’s a long line in that check-out lane.

Did the Prosperity Gospel help cause the Great Recession?
January 22, 2010 – 11:06 pm | Comments Off

Image credit: Mark Peterson/Redux. From the Atlantic Monthly. I’ve been thinking about this question ever since I ran across Hanna Rosin’s article on the topic in The Atlantic .

New religion and politics center started at Wash U
December 16, 2009 – 6:54 pm | No Comment
New religion and politics center started at Wash U

John Danforth delivering the homily at Ronald Reagan's funeral in 2004 (Screen capture: C-SPAN) The New York Times broke the story on the formation of this new center yesterday, named for one of our state’s most distinguished senators, John C. Danforth, who is also an ordained Episcopal priest. Washington University announced the center in a press release and news conference today.

Holiday music, part two: favorites
December 10, 2009 – 2:29 pm | Comments Off

Peter Mayer playing his "Stars and Promises" concert in 2008 While I’m at it, my wife asked me the other day what my favorite Christmas album is. It got me to thinking, but I can’t pick just one

Holiday music, part one: Sting plays St. John the Divine
December 10, 2009 – 2:18 pm | Comments Off

Sting at NYC's St John the Divine. (Photo: Chad Batka for the New York Times) The New York Times posted today a review of Sting’s concert this week at, of all places, the famous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine , the Episcopal equivalent to St

The Velvet Revolution, Vaclav Havel, and Stanley Hauerwas – 20 years later
November 18, 2009 – 5:26 pm | Comments Off

Vaclav Havel, center in red scarf, placing a candle at a Prague commemoration of the Velvet Revolution (Petr David Josek/AP) The New York Times did a nice retrospective yesterday on Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution on its 20th anniversary. I was 15 years old when the Berlin Wall fell along with all the other Eastern European dominoes that fell in its wake.

Leonardo da Vinci, He Qi, and indigenous art
November 8, 2009 – 9:49 am | Comments Off

"The Risen Lord" by He Qi When the artist He Qi visited the Concordia Seminary campus recently, he told the following story about the artwork above, “The Risen Lord.” A church in China commissioned the work from He Qi for their sanctuary without any strings attached.

Jaroslav Pelikan on “The need for creeds”
October 25, 2009 – 7:40 pm | Comments Off

Jaroslav Pelikan This morning, NPR’s “Speaking of Faith” replayed an interview with the late, great Jaroslav Pelikan on creeds and how they function within religious belief.

The art of He Qi is now in St. Louis
October 21, 2009 – 3:16 pm | Comments Off

Awhile back, I wrote here about the Chinese artist He Qi . Near the end I mentioned that “there’s a chance we may be bringing his work to campus for an exhibition in the fall.” Several commented that they hoped it would come to pass.

Science and Theology: New Questions, New Conversations
September 4, 2009 – 12:24 pm | Comments Off

Concordia Seminary’s 20th annual Theological Symposium is September 22-23 , and this is the issue at hand. “Science and theology” isn’t necessarily anything new, although the dialogue between the two has often been tenuous at best.