Does a Charge of Bigotry Depend on Context?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 08:26

The front page of The New York Times today carried this headline, “In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims.”  The article begins,

“Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House.  ‘This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America,’ a narrator intones.”

The Prince of Peace

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:26

Attendance soars at the Christmas Eve service at my church and probably at most churches.  What draws people?  They know the story and they long to hear it again.  It reminds them that God is a God of infinite tenderness, and God’s love embraces all people.  Deeper still, they sense a mysterious Peace, a paradoxical mixture of stillness and joy, suffusing the whole Christmas Eve liturgy.  When the last note has been sung they leave, uplifted.

Hear, Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest Anti-Semitism?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 08:25

In an often-quoted Sunday Collect we pray,

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

A Helpful Resource

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 08:23

With the new church year beginning next Sunday, this book can start us off on the right foot.  Preaching the Gospels without Blaming the Jews by Ronald J. Allen and Clark M. Williamson goes through the three-year cycle of Sunday lectionary readings, showing the positive connections between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels.

Straw in the Wind

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 09:22

The headline reads, “U.S. Seminaries Consider Radical Changes.”  An article by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, written on 31 October 2011, reports:

Around the country, schools are testing new approaches to theological education. In California, Claremont School of Theology will require that would-be Christian pastors will soon take some courses alongside future rabbis and imams at an institution to be named Claremont Lincoln University.

It goes on: