Last week John Shore, a progressive Christian author and editor of a group blog called “Unfundamentalist Christians” and LGBT rights advocate, posted an article on Patheos with this headline: “What Christianity without hell looks like.” As you can imagine a post like this is bound to attract a huge amount of hits. After all, who likes hell?
He opens with this thesis:
“The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
Yet the idea that hell is real persists. Why? Because over the centuries those in pos[……]
Rasha called her fiance Atef on his cell phone. A rebel answered and told her that they captured Atef and had given him the option of converting to Islam. He refused. So they slit his throat.
Atef was engaged to be married to Rasha. They are Christians and they lived in the ancient Christian village of Maaloula in Syria where the residents still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Earlier this month the village was attacked by rebels of the Free Syrian Army made up of Jihadist factions from all over the Middle East including members of Al-Qaeda.
Kirsten Powers wrote yesterday in the D[……]
He was the slave of a prominent citizen. He escaped and became a gang leader and criminal who committed multiple felonies including robbery and murder.
He was large threatening black man who, if he lived today, could have sung the rap song “Meat Cleaver” by Brotha Lynch Hung.
“Cut niggas up, sector by sector/Next to her dead, first cousin and nephew/Next to her head, bloody intestines/Next to her bed, other intestines”
Today the Church commemorates St. Moses the Black. He led a large gang of robbers up and down the Nile River in northeastern Africa. He became a hunted man and sought refug[……]
If People magazine had been around at the end of the 19th century Elizabeth Feodorovna would have been on the cover – many times.
It is said she was one of the most beautiful women in the Europe of her day. But physical beauty is not what mattered for her. Her beauty came from within.
Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England and older sister to Alexandra, wife of Tsar Nicholas II. She was born on November 1, 1864, the daughter of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. She was nicknamed Ella. She died on July 18, 1918 at the age of 53. Her[……]
As I drive down Rt. 1 in Chester County just past Longwood Gardens I see my “friend” again. I’m running late for my appointment to the VW dealership to have our EOS inspected for its annual Pennsylvania registration renewal.
My “friend” was at her usual post in front of the Quaker meetinghouse holding her placard protesting the wars in Afghanistan and the middle east. She’s a small older woman with a frail build and short grey hair. I drive this road regularly and she is almost always there. She is always dressed casually. Light clothing in the summer and a heavy coat in the fall and winter[……]
If you donate any amount Starbucks today for the “OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund” you’ll receive a free Tall Brewed Coffee with their thanks. And the people devastated by the tornados in Moore, OK will thank you too!
This is the way America is supposed to work. When disaster strikes we help each other. And by helping each other I don’t mean the government. I mean we help each other as individuals, families, churches, communities, fraternity organizations, etc.
Or, I should say that’s how we used to do it.
But that’s not what you see in the media. Our television screens are filled with ima[……]
In a recent visit to New Hampshire Rand Paul exhorted the GOP,
“The main thing is not to talk about me so much but about how to grow the party,” the senator told a press conference before the dinner.
And that is what he focused on at the podium.
“We need to be like the rest of America,” Paul told the gathering. “We need to grow bigger. If you want to be the party of white people, we’re winning all the white vote. But we’re a diverse nation,” he said, to a crowd that was almost entirely white. “We’re going to win when we look like America. We need to be white, we need to be brown, we need[……]
I attended a lecture the other night by “America is a Christian nation” advocate David Barton, of Wallbuilders, who contends that almost all of the Founding Fathers were Bible-believing, evangelical Christians.
The event was sponsored by several tea party groups in the Philadelphia area. Emotions ran high. The crowd enthusiastically applauded the speaker each time he made his “we have always been a Christian nation” points. He went to some length to show how linked social issues and economic issues are.
And by social issues what he means is abortion and same-sex marriage.
He drew a cause-[……]
There is a great deal of confusion today regarding what the Christian response to poverty should be.
The Apostle James makes our responsibility clear:
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world…What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are neede[……]
Evangelical progressives, led by Jim Wallis of Sojourners ministry and the author of the “God’s Politics Blog”, want you to feel guilty about the budget cuts in the 2011 Federal Budget passed by the Congress and called “historic” by the mainstream media.
Leading up to the vote, Wallis rallied the troops with his “What Would Jesus Cut” campaign saying that the cuts “would be devastating for domestic programs…”
Originally, the Republicans wanted to cut $61B from the 2011 budget. Democrats wanted to cut $4.7B. The final vote that came on April 8 (near the midnight hour narrowly averting a gover[……]