Category Archives: Culture

Michael Lindsay: Do We All Have to Agree?

I cannot tell you how impressed I am by the leadership, courage and clarity of President Michael Lindsay of Gordon College. This is, in my view, the kind of leadership we need in Christian higher education. I will be watching … Continue reading

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Same-sex relationships and the church

A very helpful interaction of the kind that is called for by people who love deeply and follow Christ. You will find things to disagree with but if you agree with everything why bother to reconfirm you own views? I … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Homosexuality, Love, The Church | 7 Comments/Likes

Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Ruling

In my post yesterday I referenced the response of some conservative Christian ministers and leaders to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage announced last week. A Chicago news report noted that Archbishop Blasé J. Cupich, on Sunday, July 5, urged … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Homosexuality, Marriage & Family, Politics, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Church, The Future | 35 Comments/Likes

The Week That Dramatically Altered the Culture Conflict and the Future of the Church

Response to the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has been all over the map, to say the least. We have seen some amazing celebrations and all the expected denunciations from many Christians. At First Baptist Church in Dallas … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Sexuality, The Church | 31 Comments/Likes

James Martin Shows the Importance of the Pope’s Encyclical in Ten Ways

Some readers know that I am a big fan of James Martin, the best-selling Jesuit author who is one of our most powerful Christian communicators today. Fr. Martin summarizes, in this short video, why the new papal encyclical is so … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Environmentalism, Ethics, Ideology, Personal, Roman Catholicism, The Future | 4 Comments/Likes

The Pope’s Controversial Encyclical

Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, the much-discussed encyclical of Pope Francis on human care for the creation, embraces what the pope calls a “very solid scientific consensus” that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change that has been … Continue reading

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Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (A Review)

Today’s guest writer is Dan Brennan, author of the important book, Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women. “Where was I to find love? Where was I to give love? If Scripture and the … Continue reading

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Are We Ignoring Domestic Violence?

The growing problem of domestic violence has come under profound scrutiny in recent months because the problem has surfaced quite often in the world of professional sports. Sports Illustrated, which has a great knack for solid journalism and good writing, … Continue reading

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What a Classic Movie Can Teach Us About the Church

Today’s Guest Blogger is Dr. Dave Lescalleet Every year our family watches the 1952 classic movie The Quiet Man as a way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.  This film, because of its Ireland location, is more and more associated with … Continue reading

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The Killing That Stunned America: April 14, 1865

One hundred-and-fifty years ago on this day America was emerging from its long nightmare, a war between the states that we call the American Civil War. More Americans died in this four-plus year conflict than in all other military operations in … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Race and Racism, The Church, The Future | 19 Comments/Likes