Archive | April, 2014

Katharine Hayhoe named as one of the world’s 100 top influencers — and we’re pleased

April 25, 2014

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We’re blowing the party whistles at the latest news: TIME magazine selected Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe, a bonafide evangelical Christian, as one of the world’s one hundred most influential people. Her honest awe-shucks demeanor comes as a relief in our shrill world, and she defies Lynn White’s 1967 essay that portrayed Christianity as the source of environmental evil

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An island of blue in a sea of red

April 24, 2014

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The Eastern Region’s headquarters of the US National Weather Service posted the following graphic on this year’s global temperatures on Facebook. Rather than wax ineloquent, I’ll supply their explanation and then the graphic:

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Viewing Good Friday Through Luther, Augustine, and Barth

April 19, 2014

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Perhaps not surprisingly, I find thinkers from previous ages more gripping than the moderns. Three especially shine: Augustine, Martin Luther, and Karl Barth. Each made colossal mistakes – with Luther’s chilling essay against the Jews the most inexcusable – but each understood that theology was a discipline offered to the Church at large, not merely to academia. What’s more, each wrestles with God. They’ve glimpsed transcendence. They’re doing theology on their knees. They’re imperfect because they see things through a glass dimly, but at least they’ve tried. I tried finding what each said about Good Friday. It’s allowed me to gaze at the day through their insights.

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A Maundy Thursday Prayer

April 17, 2014

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I can feel your broken heart, O Lord, as you watched the fingers reach for food in your final Earthly meal with your disciples. You saw the gulf between them and you. Some banally argued over rank and prestige while one tabulated his silver reward. All missed your foot-washing portrait: Brawls over crowns and garlands are for Gentile leaders and would-be CEO’s and partisan kingpins ruled by the latest opinion polls. Such spats are worse than irrelevant. They’re spiritual tear gas. They blind us to your vision of the self-effacing servant with a towel: The first is last and the last is first.

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An Evangelical Christian who is also an environmentalist is thrilled to shake hands with the president — and America survived

April 16, 2014

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Mitch Hescox, the CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network — a fine man who has shown vast patience with grumps like me — wrote the following reflection for Holy Week. I lifted the first couple of paragraphs and then provided a link to the original site. You’re a good man, Mitch.  It’s rare to have […]

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Holy Week, 2014: A Time of focused worship

April 16, 2014

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Christians are now remembering those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and reaches its zenith in the three days of the Easter Triduum (the period including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday). It’s a week of focused worship …

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