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)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday at the Cinema: How to Speak So That People Will Listen

Friday, October 24, 2014

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Man Cries Fowl on Turkey Sandwich

from the Huffington Post:
An incorrectly made turkey sandwich didn't cut the mustard with Rudy Frazier. When the manager of the sandwich shop refused to handle his beef, Frazier called 911, according to the TLC series, "Outrageous 911." Did it help? Lettuce look at the video above from an episode airing Wednesday.

The video is here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tar Heel Treachery at UNC

As a Duke fan, I find this to be very sad. College sports must maintain academic integrity.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) -- For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.

"These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued the university for nearly five years.

UNC has long been a place where it was believed that athletics and academics went hand in hand. It has enjoyed a stellar reputation, producing basketball greats such as coach Dean Smith and Michael Jordan.

Now, that reputation has been stained.
The entire post can be read here.

The Character of God and the Nature of Scripture: Reading the Bible Incarnationally #5-- Fundamentalist and Progressive Interpretations of Scripture are Simply Two Sides of the Same Coin

I've been meaning to get back my series on reading the Bible Incarnationally, but I have had other obligations that have prevented me from doing so. The via media Methodists have published a post on rejecting both the fundamentalist and progressive options in reading the Bible. They quote Stanley Hauerwas:
…the debate between fundamentalists and biblical critics is really more a debate between friends who share many of the same assumptions. The most prominent shared assumption is that the interpretation of the biblical texts is not a political process involving questions of power and authority. By privileging the individual interpreter, who is thought capable of discerning the meaning of the text apart form the consideration of the good ends of a community, fundamentalists and biblical critics make the Church incidental.

Pastors Go Through Slumps too

from Thom Rainer:
The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games.

But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they are not as easily recognizable as sports slumps. There aren't really any metrics to tell us that a slump is in progress.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's the Best Diet Out There?...

...Well, it turns out "none of the above."
Author Matt Fitzgerald summarized the finding, or rather, the lack thereof, in his new book Diet Cults:
"Science has not identified the healthiest way to eat. In fact, it has come as close as possible (because you can't prove a negative) to confirming that there is no such thing as the healthiest diet. To the contrary, science has established quite definitively that humans are able to thrive equally well on a variety of diets. Adaptability is the hallmark of man as eater. For us, many diets are good while none is perfect."

Preaching in the Retirement Home

Thoughtful words from Richard Mouw:
When, back in the mid-1980s, I told a retired Calvin College colleague that I was moving to Fuller Seminary, he responded: "I hope you will make a case there for more appropriate sermons preached at retirement communities!" He went on to explain: "Last week at the weekly worship service sponsored by our community, a visiting preacher warned us against a modalist conception of the Trinity, while also urging us to avoid tri-theism. But that was not as bad as the week before, when a seminarian-- addressing a congregation where at least a dozen of us were sitting in wheelchairs-- exhorted us to stand up for Christ in an increasingly secular society!

You Forgot to Add One More Thing to the American Gloom March

According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans are now entering into their second decade of a gloom march in which, except for a couple of times, Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. Elizabeth Williamson writes,