Monthly archive April, 2010

Even More Apocalyptic.

Tim LaHaye, of "Left Behind" publishing fame, has a new series of books on the way. Bill Berkowitz writes about the series, called "The End," and the first book, "Edge of Apocalypse" at Talk to Action today. Writes Berkowitz:
Set in the near future, "Edge of Apocalypse," according to Zondervan, "jumpstarts the series...

Infinite Details

When my tender soul was saved dozens of years ago at Circle K camp in the rolling river hills of summertime Pennsylvania, it wasn't from fear of death or need for unconditional love but for humble credit of another's craft: the simple lines of a green and pliant pin oak leaf told me I best...

Getting Pre-Modern.

Ah, the simpler times. When mass was in Latin, pedophilia was not spoken of, and suffering brought cries for mercy, not cries for justice. Catholic News Service reports on a two-and-a-half hour high mass held on April 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Bishop Edward Slatterly (Tulsa,...

Freedom Rides For the Unborn.

A new kind of liberation theology has taken over the "pro-life" movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, Alveda King, at the wheel. Tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama -- "on the site where peaceful civil rights activists were attacked with dogs and water hoses," as Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, writes...

Stay Classy, Catholics!

Mary Valle: Thank G-d Benjamin Weiner discusses the Catholic Church's "playing" of the "Jew" today at Religion Dispatches: Catholics are daring to don the "shroud" of the "victim" while Pontifigate continues to swirl. Catholics comparing their "suffering" (because other people are daring to look into their crimes?) to that of Jews (untold) is...

Unholy Mandate

We're a little late to catch up with this article by Sarah Posner at The American Prospect on health-care-sharing ministries (HCSMs), Christian non-profit organizations that allow members to pay for each other's health care expenses. Every member must "agree to a statement of faith that they are a 'professing Christian, according to biblical...

God’s Green Administration.

Meghan Clyne writes in the May 3 issue of the Weekly Standard that the Obama Administration, via the Bush-established Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is working to "bring the gospel of climate change...to a pulpit near you." Last month the advisory council for the office presented the administration with a report...

Digital Church: Sunday is Internet Evangelism Day!

"Two hundred fifty years ago, leaders like John Wesley led a revolution by taking the church outside its walls to where the people are," said Osborne. "We're doing the same thing. It just happens that the internet is now where people are." Rev. Jamie Osborne is senior pastor of City Church, a "blended...

We Want our 11 Million Dollars!

University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, a Baptist school, has to give back $11 million dollars it received from the state, says the Kentucky Supreme Court. The 2006 provision of $10 million for a pharmacology school and $1 million for a scholarship violates the separation of church and state said the court....

Jeff Sharlet Gets Thomas Jefferson Award

Our creator and founding editor, Jeff Sharlet, is the recipient of this year's Thomas Jefferson Award, presented by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, for his Harper's Magazine articles "Jesus Killed Mohammed" and "Jesus Plus Nothing: Undercover among America's secret theocrats," and his New York Times bestseller, The Family:...

Running a Fever

John Gehring writes at Sojourners that, with Pentecost approaching -- "a time that commemorates the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus’ apostles after his death and resurrection" -- now may again be the time for the fire of the Holy Spirit to purify the church. Do you feel a Vatican III coming on?...

Obama Justice Department Appeals National Day of Prayer Ruling

Yesterday the Obama administration appealed the April 15 ruling by Wisconsin district judge Barbara Crabb that determined the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. That should make a lot of folks, including Sarah Palin, happy. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State writes:
Legal observers say the U.S. Department of...