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February 2007 Archives

Basic Jesus?

posted by J-Walking

This ought to be a lot of fun. Perhaps Verhoeven has concluded Jesus was killed with an ice pick?

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Holding feet to the fire

posted by J-Walking

The Discovery Channel, Harper Collins, and those associated with the “Jesus Tomb” project may come to regret it. Add The Washington Post to the list of newspapers highlighting the “fraud”: Leading archaeologists in Israel and the United States yesterday denounced […]

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On prayer

posted by J-Walking

From Gordon Lindsay, author of yesterday’s quote on faith: We should make an eternal consecration to God and then every day commit ourselves completely in His hands, even as we must eventually do at the moment of death. “Why should […]

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Startling new evidence that James Cameron was right

posted by J-Walking

A friend sent me this link this morning. My faith is deeply, deeply shaken.

Faith defined

posted by J-Walking

I came across this quote from an old charismatic evangelist: We must remember that faith is not feelings, it is not sight. You do not exercise faith after the answer has come. It is then sight. You only exercise faith […]

Want more Jesus? Churches should serve the poor

posted by J-Walking

Andrew Sullivan points the way to a discussion of whether government welfare spending reduces the church’s impact on culture. One of the old conservative arguments has been that too much government displaces the positive, powerful, private societal institutions. While that […]

JC > JC

posted by J-Walking

At the end of a day where James Cameron (JC) presented his best case for finding “Jesus’ tomb,” it can once more be clearly stated that Jesus Christ (JC) is in no particular danger of being dethroned as the King […]

Booze, the Red Sox, and Lent

posted by J-Walking

I have a dear friend who loves – loves – the Red Sox. Generally he can tell you whether a particular player had enough fiber on the previous day. He recently thought of naming his son Matsusaka after the Red […]

Tucker Carlson show @ 4:45

posted by J-Walking

I’ll be on Tucker Carlson’s show on MSNBC at 4:45pm… tune in.

“Think Jesus meets Titanic”

posted by J-Walking

I can almost see the conversation that James Cameron had with fellow filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici (aka, the Naked Archeologist) some years ago, “We need a project.” “Yeah, something sexy and big.” “Well, you know that DaVinci Code thing is big.” […]

Interviewing John Edwards

posted by J-Walking

I interviewed John Edwards yesterday on a snowy Washington Sunday – a surprise snow of the sort that clings to everything and is another of God’s reminders that one day all will be new again (and with no slush). Thank […]

Yawn and double yawn

posted by J-Walking

The bottom line from the whole, “Hey, I found Jesus’ bones in a box!” thing by James Cameron – yawn and double yawn. There really isn’t anything new – although I have no doubt that there are those who will […]

Wilberforce movie review – The New York Times doesn’t hate it

posted by J-Walking

Click here for the full review. An excerpt: “Amazing Grace,” a prettified take on the life and times of the 18th-century reformer William Wilberforce, carries a strong whiff of piety. It isn’t a bad smell; there are notes of roses […]

The challenges of naming a son…

posted by J-Walking

I am the father to the three most wonderful girls in the world. Now, come June and with God’s mercy, I will be the father of a son. My excitement grows daily. I think that I didn’t know how much […]

Questions for Sen. John Edwards?

posted by J-Walking

I’ll be interviewing John Edwards on Sunday for Beliefnet to kick off our interviews of presidential candidates. Email me or post comments with any questions you would like asked. I can’t promise I will be able to get to them […]

Rick Warren no go North Korea

posted by J-Walking

Last summer, Rick Warren surprised his congregation by announcing he was going to go preach the first-ever Christian event in reclusive and oppressive North Korea. To all criticism, Warren simply said: “I know they’re going to use me,” Warren said, […]

Madonna hearts Jesus?

posted by J-Walking

From her interview on Sirius: “For me we all need to be Jesus in our time. …Jesus’ message was to love your neighbor as yourself, and there are people in need. I hope that people got that message” Then, lest […]

Are we as lost as Britney?

posted by J-Walking

From a reader: why is the main stream media even writing about this? 35,000 children die every day from preventable things: like starvation and diarrhea…but the media, you and I…all we focus on is this Crap. It is demeaning to […]

…found the backstage Britney pic

posted by J-Walking

Per my “prodigal post”, I found a picture that Kim took backstage that night in DC. I had forgotten about the pic taken seconds before she headed onstage and was again reminded of her discomfort best shown here by her […]

re: Britney

posted by J-Walking

…from a reader: Do you wonder why Americans are so fascinated with celebrity? Poor Anna Nicole, Britney, Lindsay Lohan, and so many others. We create little mythologies out of such nonsense – little gods and goddesses – living these bigger […]

The Prodigal Daughter

posted by J-Walking

I have two snapshots of Britney Spears stuck in my brain. The first is from the late 1990s. I was living in Atlanta and had started attending a cool new church. It was a church “unplugged” – the pastor was […]

Goodbye girlhood…

posted by J-Walking

The Washington Post has a troubling article today called “Goodbye to Girlhood” highlighting the nauseating trend of younger and younger girls being taught to be “sexy” with their bodies, their clothes, and their attitudes. Some of the more jarring quotes […]

McCain/Falwell ’08?

posted by J-Walking

In February 2000, in the heat of the primary campaign with George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain launched an angry attack on what he saw as religious intolerance aimed at him and other like him. He famously called Jerry Falwell […]

The “Preacher Primary”

posted by J-Walking

Down in Orlando, FL this weekend, the National Association of Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is gathering to talk about faith, technology and way to increase their audience. But behind the scenes, the real action is political. John McCain, Mitt Romney, and […]

…and then faith returns…

posted by J-Walking

yesterday’s discouragement diminishes in God’s presence. We returned this morning to our simple little church full of really wonderful people who love God and who love us. For lots of reasons – some good, some not – we haven’t been […]

Faith

posted by J-Walking

I wonder sometimes if faith is still faith when you feel like you don’t have much faith left. Sometimes the enormity of having a slow-growing tumor in my brain overtakes me. It seems simultaneously impossible and terrifying. Those moments seem […]

Sen. McCain and the conservative Christians

posted by J-Walking

AP reports on Sen. McCain’s on-going battle with some Christian conservative political leaders over his record, his priorities, and his ‘faith.’ While McCain has managed to pry open some of the doors that slammed shut in his rift with the […]

Love

posted by J-Walking

Andrew Sullivan links to a series of indescribably moving photographs of a Marine and his bride on their wedding day as well as pictures of the Marine in every day life. Meditate on them because in them love emanates even […]

from Augustine

posted by J-Walking

“But you, O Lord, are ever living and in you nothing dies, for you exist before the dawn of the ages, before anything that can be called “before”; you are God and Lord of everything that you have created.”St. AugustineThe […]

Early church

posted by J-Walking

From David Fairchild’s blog, a post on the defining characteristics of the early church. 1- They refused to attend blood thirsty entertainment. They wouldn’t go to gladiatorial events because they believed it defiled humans who were created in the image […]

Gov. Romney’s “religion issue”, con’t

posted by J-Walking

Last night on ABC’s Primetime, a polygamous community in Arizona was gently profiled. Though ABC went out of its way to try and leave the Mormon faith’s name out of the profile – undoubtedly because the Mormon church is officially […]

The no snow job

posted by J-Walking

I started tracking a potentially huge snowstorm last Friday, checking in at weather.com at regular intervals to see if this storm might be the big one. By Sunday I reached an emotional tipping point. The possibility of this being a […]

My Valentine’s Day “Compassion” compassion challenge

posted by David Kuo

Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m at halftime of my Uganda journey. My attempts to venture north – far north – into Darfur over the weekend have fallen through. I guess the Ritz Carlton Darfur is fully booked… I may have the […]

President Bush in the Twilight Zone

posted by J-Walking

In an exhaustive C-SPAN interview airing this morning (and available online), President Bush discusses Iraq, his presidency, and his legacy. This exchange made me wonder if it was April Fool’s Day yet: Q But I’m talking about ideology. You have […]

A coming GOP religious war?

posted by J-Walking

ABC News’ Sonya Crawford reported over the weekend on how hard it was for conservatives to find a candidate for 2008: And as conservatives consider their presidential hopefuls, they’re concerned. None of their frontrunners — former New York Mayor Rudy […]

Republican Obama fears

posted by J-Walking

A couple of memorable snippets from conversations about Sen. Barack Obama with Republican political operatives over the last few days: – “In his high school yearbook he was known as, ‘Barry’ – there is certainly something there to explore. There’s […]

Sunday

posted by J-Walking

…a ‘sabbath’ – a day to rest and not do emails and surf the web and make breakfast (and dinner) and definitely not stick my head into Livvy’s bathwater. Tomorrow – Sen. Obama’s announcement, the conservative Christian’s growing political dilemma […]

Never stick your head into the bath water of a toddler

posted by J-Walking

…this is not written in any ‘how to’ book that I know of…. No one has ever told me not to do it. And so, last night, when I was giving Livvy, our (almost) 20-month-old, a bath, the thought hit […]

Abortion, population, Europe

posted by J-Walking

A powerful thought from a reader: So there are parentless children all over the world who need homes and they’re going to start paying women to have children? How does that make sense? The latest numbers are more than 10 […]

Jordan and Jesus

posted by J-Walking

I stumbled across a Nike ad I’d never seen before: After watching it a dozen times and wondering why I loved it – beyond the joy and beauty of it – I settled on this. That we are like those […]

Gov. Romney

posted by J-Walking

It may be that I will have to eat crow on this one but I still maintain that grassroots evangelicals aren’t going to support Gov. Romney because of his Mormon faith. A New York Times article suggests he is making […]

“The Abortion War Abroad”

posted by J-Walking

Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reports on “The Abortion War Abroad,” and optimistically highlights pro-life changes: This spring, Poland will decide whether to amend the constitution to ban the practice altogether. In Paris last month, thousands marched to ban […]

Be like Mike… Oliver

posted by J-Walking

I want to be like Mike. For years that has meant being like this guy: Now, I love that guy. No one who ever played the game was better. But I don’t want to be like him. I want to […]

Walking on streets of diamonds

posted by J-Walking

I went for a walk last night. It was late and most of the world was asleep. But a surprise little snowstorm was passing through and since snow has been rare around here of late, I went out into it […]

Going to God through pain…

posted by J-Walking

Like most everyone else, there have been dark times in my life when I’ve felt like God was nowhere to be found. It didn’t dawn on me till later on that those times might have been times of depression. Today’s […]

War in Iraq or feeding the world?

posted by J-Walking

I read an article over the weekend that is still making me feel ill. It is about Iraq and the cost of the war. I can’t get it out of my mind. I was in the White House on the […]

Remembering…

posted by J-Walking

Kim reminded me off this Super Bowl ad from 2002. It was the first Super Bowl after 9/11.

Tony Dungy on “social significance”

posted by J-Walking

Last night, on the winning Super Bowl stage, CBS’ sports commentator Jim Nance asked Tony Dungy about the “social significance” of winning the game. He was referring, of course, to the fact that Dungy was the first African American coach […]

Super quotes

posted by J-Walking

Great post-Super Bowl quotes last night, “How could you not be happy for Tony Dungy given what he went through last year; losing his son to suicide, to stand up on that stage with Peyton Manning giving thanks to his […]

Humility and graciousness

posted by J-Walking

Yesterday, President Bush addressed a gathering of Democratic congressmen and had this to say: “…I welcome debate in a time of war and I hope you know that” …[and] disagreeing with him over the war – as many in the […]

New Orleans…again…

posted by J-Walking

A reader has pointed me to an article from today’s Times Picayune paper: President Bush is expected to shift $1.3 billion away from raising and armoring levees, installing floodgates and building permanent pumping in Southeast Louisiana in order to plug […]

I wanna be like Jeff

posted by J-Walking

Two days to Super Bowl XLI and Jeff Hartings, the Steelers (clearly the greatest football team ever) all-pro center is retiring… to start a church. A year ago he was getting ready for the big game. This year, he is […]

Indifference to sufering Afghanis

posted by J-Walking

Evangelical leader John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute (that once represented Paula Jones) is one of the Christian leaders who stood up after the election and warned that Christian political involvement was compromising the name of Jesus. Now he is […]

Holland praying…

posted by J-Walking

Of all the unexpected things in the world, here is an article reporting on Christian resurgence in…Holland: When the “corporate prayer” movement first started in 1996, few people in Holland took any notice. Why should they have done so? After […]

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