A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Eat Bacon Daily... Live to Be 116... and More

Michael Balsamo, (Morris County, N.J.) Daily Record, from USA Today:
Not many people will say that eating bacon every day is the key to a long life, but the world's oldest woman swears by it.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, keeps a steady diet of bacon, eggs and grits for breakfast. A sign in her kitchen reads: "Bacon makes everything better."
All the delicious keys to longevity can be found here.

The Faith of Our Founders #3: George Washington

Historian Richard Brookhiser has stated, "No aspect of his (Washington's) life has been more distorted than his religion."(1) On the one extreme many historians have called Washington a fully "dyed-in-the-wool" Deist whose references to prayer and life after death were nothing more than affirmations for public consumption whose beliefs were more traditional, to those at the other end of the religious spectrum, such as Tim LaHaye, who has argued that if Washington were alive today he would be a Bible-believing evangelical Christian.(2)

The difficulty is found in Washington himself who, while commenting on prayer, Providence, and life after death, never actually elaborates on his doctrine of God (was it Trinitarian?), nor does he ever comment on his understanding of Christ nor atonement. And if Washington ever commented on doctrine to his wife Martha in private correspondence, we will never know since upon her husband's death in December of 1799, Martha burned all their personal letters.

Monday, October 05, 2015

How People in 1900 Thought the Year Two Thousand Would Look

Ana Swanson at the Washington Post:

A Must-Read on the Oregon Shootings

by Ed Stetzer, USA Today:
I'm not one who believes Christians in America are persecuted.

I agree with former Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams that Christians in the West who feel they are persecuted need to "grow up" and not claim persecution when they are simply made "mildly uncomfortable." The alleged "War on Christmas" hasn't cost any lives.

Yet, there is in fact a disturbing pattern to shootings in Fort Worth, Texas, New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and in Charleston. Though Charleston was clearly connected to race, in all cases, Christians were targeted. We already have a research database for church shootings.

Us Versus Us

One of the surprises that seminary students can experience in their education is to learn of the persecution that consistently took place against the church throughout the centuries. I do not mean persecution of the church by outside forces; I refer to Christians persecuting each other.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

When God Speaks to Us, God Speaks to Us in Person in Jesus

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

A Few Moments for Worship: One Bread, One Body

Scriptures and Prayer for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost-- World Communion Sunday

Old Testament: Job 1:1, 2:1-10

Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
Mighty and powerful God, through Jesus Christ our Savior you come to save people in all times and places, offering them new life in your presence. Give us open hearts to receive your Chosen One, that through him we may dwell with you as faithful and committed disciples. Amen.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

On the Death of Languages

from James Temperton at wired.co.uk:
Languages everywhere are dying; it is estimated that one language is driven to extinction every 14 days--  and that's despite an increase in the number of languages supported by the internet. But is the lack of language diversity online accelerating language death or simply reflecting what's happening in the offline world?

There currently around 7,100 languages in use, but 90 percent of these are used by less than 100,000 people. Some are only spoken by the inhabitants of remote villages, while others-- such as the Peruvian language Taushiro-- are thought to only be spoken by one person.

History suggests that language loss, much like language change, is inevitable. But understanding the cause of this loss is complicated.
The entire post can be read here.