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 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,

Monday, October 20, 2014

Caption Contest... And the Winner Is...

Craig: "Holy smoke, a parallel universe!"

God, my Old Friend: A Lectionary Reflection on Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

It was G.K. Chesterton who said, "The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."

A humorous and certainly exaggerated line to be sure, yet is it not true that even the best of friendships can have their ups and downs? Perhaps the best friendships by necessity will have their difficulties at times.

This is certainly the case with Moses and his relationship with God. From the moment Moses received his calling in front of the burning bush on the mountain, Moses and God would journey together through victories and defeats, in the midst of good times and difficult ones. They would work together in concert as Moses faithfully led God's people in obeying God’s will, and at other times Moses would try God’s patience while God, on more than a few occasions, would have Moses baffled and confused.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On This Day 233 Years Ago...

...General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia thus effectively ending the American Revolution.

Scriptures and Prayer for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Old Testament: Exodus 33:12-23

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
You know each of us by name, O God, and in your sight we have found favor, yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory or the vastness of your love. Grant that as we glimpse your greatness, reflected in your many gifts, we may always return to you the praise that is yours alone. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.