December 14, 2019

“Getting the Great Big Kick”

“This isn’t how most people think they’re going to finish out their work lives,” said Richard Johnson, an Urban Institute economist and veteran scholar of the older labor force who worked on the analysis. “For the majority of older Americans, working after 50 is considerably riskier and more turbulent than we previously thought.” • quoted […]

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism

David Bentley Hart on Capitalism Whatever else capitalism may be, it is first and foremost a system for producing as much private wealth as possible by squandering as much as possible of humanity’s common inheritance of the goods of creation. But Christ condemned not only an unhealthy preoccupation with riches, but the getting and keeping […]

Another Look: The Lansdale Statement (Peter Enns, 2017)

Note from CM: We ran this a couple of years ago, when it was suddenly all the rage for Christians to publish “statements” taking stands on various issues. Noting that the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) recently committed to one of those statements in good Presbyterian dogmatic fashion, I thought we might revisit Pete Enns’s […]

The Limits of Social and Political Activism

Richard Beck’s continuing series on his journey to becoming “post-progressive” includes a critique of progressive Christianity’s priority of political activism and social justice. Beck knows that there is a great deal of support in the biblical story for this emphasis, and thinks it appropriate that this is an emphasis for Chrsitian faith and practice. “Building […]

Bring Out the Millstones

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child […]

The Mueller Investigation

Note from CM: I know you’re not going to like this, but I will not be taking comments today. I’m not interested in opening up an echo chamber that agrees with me, nor do I wish to spend all day moderating the kinds of fights this type of post engenders. In case any of you […]

Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook I made a decision today that’s been a long time coming. I’m quitting Facebook. It was not an easy decision, hence my hesitation and delay over the past couple of years. But last week the balance tipped, the straw broke the camel’s back, and I arrived at the end of my rope when […]

Election Cycles and Social Media

We have a Federal election coming in Canada on October 21, 2019. Technically there a few things that could happen that could make it happen sooner, like a non-confidence vote in the Government, or the Prime Minister advising the Governor General to call it sooner, but since way back in 2009, elections have been “the […]

Evangelicals for King Donald

We still buy the line that the hard core of the Christian right is just an interest group working to protect its values. But what we don’t get is that Mr. Trump’s supposedly anti-Christian attributes and anti-democratic attributes are a vital part of his attraction. • Katherine Stewart, Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus • […]

Luther’s Deadly Doctrine

UPDATE: Added a paragraph below, showing how Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress” applies to this subject. • Luther’s Deadly Doctrine I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that those miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even […]