African Churches and Homosexuality

African Churches and Homosexuality


African Churches and Homosexuality

A recent story in The Economist caught my eye, because it describes a very rare phenomenon: a church in Africa which openly welcomes homosexuals. “House of Rainbow” is an independent Nigerian church, founded in Lagos by Rowland Jide Macaulay in 2006. After violence against the tiny congregation and death threats against the pastor, Macaulay fled ..

College Faculty Go Postal

College Faculty Go Postal


College Faculty Go Postal

During the past week, there have been hundreds of articles written about the tragic faculty shooting in Alabama. One of the themes that is beginning to emerge is the mental stability of higher education faculty. Thomas Bartlett and Robin Wilson in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education opened by stating that the ..

Mapping Faith’s Legal Limits

Mapping Faith’s Legal Limits


Mapping Faith’s Legal Limits

An Oregon case spotlights the legal conundrum of charting the legal limts of religious faith and practice in America. The facts are as follows:a jury has convicted an Oregon couple of criminally negligent homicide after the death of their 16-year old son. They are members of the Followers of Christ Church, and as such they ..

Tech is great, but come on

Tech is great, but come on


Tech is great, but come on

At what point has it gone too far? I have my macbook, iPhone, bluetooth mice and keyboards, Quad Core PC running Windows 7, a GPS for my bike that syncs wirelessly with a power meter (and another for my wife’s bike), with some friends I text more than I talk on the phone, and unlike ..

Avatar

Avatar


Avatar

I enjoyed Avatar a lot. But then I generally like sci-fi movies anyway. Of course, Avatar is widely seen as a pro-environmental movie, some might even say that it was radically so

Stanley Fish and the Bottom Line

Stanley Fish and the Bottom Line


Stanley Fish and the Bottom Line

The other day I found myself wanting to agree with with Stanley Fish (an alarming thought!) when he wrote: “[T]he various projects we pursue and engage in may not all cohere in a single intelligible story. We may not be unified beings.” Well, I thought, that rings all too true. Last week Fish used his ..

Whatever is Commendable

Whatever is Commendable


Whatever is Commendable

Whatever is Commendable – Think about (Doing Phil. 4:8) On Dec. 28, 2009 I cut out a comic and put it on our refrigerator. Lola (written by Todd Clark and run in the St. Louis Post Dispatch) is a somewhat crass, worldly grandma living with her son and his family. The first panel has her ..

Age-old argument over Haiti quake

Age-old argument over Haiti quake


Age-old argument over Haiti quake

Pat Robertson blamed the earthquake in Haiti on a pact Haitians made with the devil to win their freedom from the French. Vodou (or voudou or voodoo or vodun) practitioners have their own take on the catastrophe. Earl Josue, vodou priest and musician, said, “Mother nature showed us how powerful she is, how sad she ..

Jesus Rifles

Jesus Rifles


Jesus Rifles

The headline from ABC News is certainly attention grabbing — “No More Jesus Rifles.” Weapons supplied to US forces in the Middle East with “Bible Codes,” which are used in combat against Muslims is being widely condemned, predictably, as evoking the Crusades, inflaming Islamic perceptions of Western religious imperialism, and ignoring the constitutional separation of ..

New religion and politics center started at Wash U

New religion and politics center started at Wash U


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