#GC11 Test Vlog (7/29/11)


I’m vlogging General Council 2011 from Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve tried VodPod.com’s iPhone app, so far without success, however. So I’m kickin’ it old school with my Flip HD video camera and YouTube.com. I hope to get my media issues shorted out by Monday. If you have technical advice for me, email me at [email protected] Continue reading #GC11 Test Vlog (7/29/11)

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Tuesday, July 26, 2011


UNFORTUNATELY, YES: “Are Christians Contributing to Unbelief?” Could it be that our own actions are causing the religiously inclined but nonetheless lost to doubt the existence of God? Is it possible that we are pushing people toward unbelief by virtue of our approach to culture and engagement with the world? Has Christianity become so politically defined that true faith and the person of Jesus Christ is obscured in the minds of many? Is it possible that Christians are conducting themselves in such a way that the spiritually seeking are looking everywhere else but to Christ? Of course, I don’t know … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, July 25, 2011


Is this man a “Christian fundamentalist”? The Atlantic thinks so. It titles its profile of Anders Behring Breivik, “The Christian Extremist Suspect in Norway’s Massacre.” But note the URL: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/07/christian-fundamentalist-charged-death-toll-norway-soars-past-90/40321/. Over at GetReligion.org, Mollie Hemingway asks a few impertinent questions about this article. If you’d like to make up your own mind, try reading Behring’s 1500-word 2083: A Declaration of European Independence. You can also sift through comments he made on the site, Document.no. Evidently, he plagiarized key passages of the Unabomber’s manifesto. Atheist P. Z. Myers scanned 2083 and highlights several interesting passages, including one where Behring admits, “I’m … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, July 25, 2011

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Friday, July 22, 2011


“Perry’s ‘call’ could shake up GOP field”: At a press conference Monday, Perry confirmed what he recently told the Des Moines Register. He is feeling called by his faith and his friends to run. “I don’t ever get confused. I am a man of faith,” he added. The governor resisted the suggestion that his comments meant he is being called by God to jump into the GOP race. Ugh! And my ugh is not directed at the notion that a person might feel called to political office by their faith. As Perry correctly notes, the “call” doesn’t necessarily mean a … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Friday, July 22, 2011

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Thursday, July 21, 2011


Stephen Prothero makes some good points in his blog post, “Political pledges are unbiblical and unchristian.” For example: “Many of these oaths ask politicians to sign onto a lot of silliness that has nothing to do with the issue at hand.” And: “these vows tie the hands of politicians, making them unable to consider changing circumstances.” But when he cites Matthew 5:33–37 as a biblical proof text for not signing pledges, and argues that Jesus’ words imply that “Republicans who have signed these pledges have literally made a pact with the devil,” I have to wonder whether he’s thought this … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Thursday, July 21, 2011

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Wednesday, July 20, 2011


“Finding God in the Mississippi Delta” tells the awesome story of how an old ex-con and a young man with cerebral palsy forged a relationship based on Gospel music: When John asks Lucas if he’s been saved, he shrugs. Despite the music and the love of Trinity’s congregants, he hasn’t quite made his peace with God. It’s a familiar struggle for many, but when you draw a hand like Lucas’, making sense of it all can be even more challenging. Lucas may still be on a search for God, but the boy who was born without a breath has found … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Wednesday, July 20, 2011