Archive for July, 2012

Collect for the Eighth Sunday After Trinity

July 30, 2012

O GOD, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Defining Religious Liberty Down –

July 29, 2012

THE words “freedom of belief” do not appear in the First Amendment. Nor do the words “freedom of worship.” Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called “the free exercise” of religion.

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Ross Douthat

It’s a significant choice of words, because it suggests a recognition that religious faith cannot be reduced to a purely private or individual affair. Most religious communities conceive of themselves as peoples or families, and the requirements of most faiths extend well beyond attendance at a sabbath service — encompassing charity and activism, education and missionary efforts, and other “exercises” that any guarantee of religious freedom must protect.


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Pat Lynch takes a few questions on same-gender marriage #Chick-Fil-A #Evangelical

July 27, 2012

Randi M. Romo, a GS reader, responded to the earlier thread on Chick-Fil-A. The question (and my answer) were so “meaty” I decided to move both to the front page. First, Romo’s comment.

Submitted on 2012/07/27 at 11:00 AM

Marriage when tied to benefits designated by our government does in fact make it an issue of equal access. There are close to 1400 rights tied to marriage.

Marriage means far more than tying children to parents. It is a cultural institution that we all grow up with and most have an idea that this is the perfect means to celebrate and honor the love one has for their beloved. Marriage us desired by many who either cannot or choose not to procreate.

And the argument of tying children to parents seems weak in light of the many children whose parents are willfully absent. A phenomenon that has nothing to do with LGBTQ people.
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Pat Lynch has a few kind words forChick-Fil-A

July 26, 2012

Oh, my goodness.

It is fortunate that I have a taste for those juicy and tasty chicken sandwiches because I will be appreciating Chick-Fil-A on August 1. There is such a thing as free speech and it used to count for something once upon a time in America. In fact, many people held to that old saying of the founders to the effect that, “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

This is all about Dan Cathy’s interview with a Baptist newspaper on his preference for the biblical understanding of marriage (you know, one-man, one-woman, forever). From the irrational screeching among his opponents, you would think he had called for hanging and disembowling his dear sweet old granny.
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The Problem with Online Education?

July 26, 2012

Most of you know by now that I am an avid reader of the Jesus Creed blog. Yesterday, there was a thread concerning online education. Being a student in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program and an instructor in the (continuing education level) Foundations curriculum, I simply could not resist taking part. The link is below and you might want to check out ASM. My class this fall is Foundations in Theology. You don’t have to be an Anglican to enroll and the price won’t make you homeless. Read the discussion here, especially if you are thinking of enrolling in an online class.

The Problem with Online Education?.

Muppets’ Makers Sever Ties With (Supposedly) “Anti-Gay” Fast Food Chain #Chick-Fil-A

July 24, 2012

Here is the story, which includes useful links.

Last Friday, the company behind beloved shows such as “Fraggle Rock,” “Labyrinth,” and “The Muppets,” severed ties with Chick-Fil-A due to the fast food chain’s CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage.

Jim Henson Company And Chick-Fil-A: ‘Muppets’ Makers Sever Ties With Anti-Gay Fast Food Chain.

It’s not enough that we should scream at each other on radio talk shows, and post the most hurtful and stupid personal insults in the comment section (except, of course on GS). The deep division, and rotting dark chasm, of American “culture wars” is so prevalent that it hardly requires comment. Can we not see that we are destroying America? The creativity and intuitive leadership, the kind of traits that caused men to instinctively take control of seemingly hopeless situations on the beaches of Normandy and the far away Pacific islands while more regimented foes marched to their death in perfectly straight lines, also gave birth to resourceful people who knew how to make better products, and even produce positive social change, and now it is being submerged in a sea of political selfishness.
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Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

July 24, 2012

LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

So you STILL think God is a merciful God?! « A Miniature Clay Pot

July 21, 2012

I have deliberately avoided comment on the Colorado shootings, but this comes from somebody there and (so far as I can tell) it says the kinds of things Christians should believe and teach.

(Maybe, just maybe God spared my life because He loves YOU and wants you to hear this..He wants you to believe that He loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son that if you would believe in Him you would have eternal life.)

So, you still believe in a merciful God?”  Some of the comments online are genuinely inquisitive, others are contemptuous in nature. Regardless of the motive behind the question, I will respond the same way.


Yes, I do indeed.

Absolutely, positively, unequivocally.


So you STILL think God is a merciful God?! « A Miniature Clay Pot.

Gospel Coalition pulls Wilson commentary

July 20, 2012

Those who do not know me well ought to know that the public expression of my writing style is noted for its use of parody, irony, satire, mocking, exaggeration and self-deprecating one-liners. You must read carefully and I take it as a personal duty to inform you as to when I am striving for the concision and sincere humility which is no necessary with theological topics.

Let me say with the utmost sincerity that there is nothing here but the highest personal respect and admiration for Scot McKnight who is a widely recognized author, educator, and blogger. His contribution to the discussion and greater understanding of difficult topics is of enormous value. This modest effort is completely dwarfed by McKnight’s excellent comments. End of glowing admiration. Now buckle your seatbelts and put on your protective goggles.
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Let Doug Wilson be Doug Wilson

July 18, 2012

It is usually John Piper who blurts out some nonsensical slip of the pen and the whole darned blogosphere is rocking. This time, it is that “controversial and colorful” Doug Wilson that  has branched out into relationship analysis. It is all about the newest and steamiest romance novel 50 Shades of Grey. Yes, everybody is worked up about a romance novel. Let me add that this is not the kind of reading material that should fall into the hands of adolescents.

Well, I do have adult friends who have read the book in questions, but the class I am taking on exegetical tools takes up so much personal time that there is none left – even for spanking stories! I must add that, when they publish a romantic novel about pirates or cowboys, exegetical tools will go straight out the window.
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