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September 2006 Archives

The Holy Man and the Lord A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one dayand said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He […]

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James Coleman is professor of African American literature at my alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill (go Tar Heels!). He is a thought provoking writer and speaker and one of his central subjects is the sacred and the spiritual in the African […]

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These are troubling times. Chaucer once queried “If gold rusts, what then will iron do?” and he was worred about ministers. So am I. I train them and deal with them day in and day out. Its not just that […]

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Conservative Christian organizers are getting together again, led by James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame. They are worried. They sense a lot of disaffection at the grassroots level amongst those who voted Republican two years ago. Here is […]

O.K. let me see if I understand this. NBC has standards. It will broadcast ‘universal’ religious values, but nothing sectarian, nothing that supports or promotes a particular denomination or religion. (And what precisely would those values be?) On this basis, […]

In the wake of the ‘revisionist history’ nonsense about Constantine being the great establisher of Christian orthodoxy and suppressor of heterodoxy (which it is a stretch to even call a half truth), it is refreshing to read the works of […]

Pope Benedict is an intelligent man. As the previous guardian of doctrine for the Catholic Church he is well aware of the intellectual and political ebb and flow of world religions of various sorts. And now of course we have […]

The cover photo in the most recent issue of Time Magazine says it all. It shows a Rolls Royce, only instead of the normal hood ornament there is a cross. What would Jesus say? David Van Bema’s and Jeff Chu’s […]

It is one of the great ironies of modern American life that Superman died twice under tragic circumstances, showing that the man of steel, was somewhat less than that. I am of course referring to the sad story of George […]

Sometimes it is assumed by Evangelicals that Augustine represents the views of the majority of the Church Fathers when it comes to the issue of divine determinism of all things vs. human beings having some choice about their own fate […]