The bishop of Lund’s preference for Allah has prompted one of the church’s most preeminent theologians, professor Eva Hamberg, to leave her post as a member of the church’s theological council in protest against bishop Antje Jackelén’s failure to stand behind the Church of Sweden’s profession of faith. As a reaction to what she calls ”the inner secularization of the Church of Sweden”, she has also renounced her position as priest and her membership of the church.
Womyn clericalism just doesn’t work. Nor does dumping what Christianity is all about.
The Good news is that the Catholic Church will become more and more the only real player in Western Christianity. All of the national churches and mainline denominations are slouching towards nirvana and Sodom.
Christian movie-makers are taking to the Silver Screen
Hollywood hasn’t seen a Bible blockbuster since 2004, when “The Passion of the Christ” raked in $600 million world-wide, but there has been a robust market for several studios cheaply producing Christian-themed movies on DVD. Now, the producers behind low-budget faith-based films are trying their hands at limited theatrical releases.
If current schedules stay in place, as many as 15 faith-based movies could be released in U.S. theaters over the next year. A couple of them are being distributed by well-known studios, such as Roadside Attractions with “Grace Unplugged,” starring Christian singer-songwriter AJ Michalka. And a small division of Sony Corp. recently released “Unstoppable,” a sermon-style movie with former “Growing Pains” actor and evangelical Kirk Cameron about finding God amid human struggle. (Source, may require a subscription)
At least one upcoming movie has a superstar actor lined up. Twentieth Century Fox is planning to release a movie next year called “Exodus”, where Christian Bale (of Batman fame) will play Moses and Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Gladiator) will be either directing or producing. (I really like Christian Bale, but I have trouble seeing him as Moses.)
Many stories in the Bible are grandiose and impressive. A good movie-maker should be able to make really impressive flicks with a number of those stories. The life of David, for example, was filled with battles, man hunts, family struggles and episodes of loyalty, betrayal, lust, murder and repentance. It could be made into a great movie featuring action, drama and suspense. (I could certainly see Christian Bale playing David).
A study was published in 1994 examining the impact of parents’ church attendance on the future church attendance of their children once they become adults. While the study is a bit old, the results are probably still very actual because basic family dynamics don’t change that much. The results indicate that future church attendance of children is much more heavily influenced by the father’s religious practice than by the mother’s. Fr. Robbie Low, who was an Anglican minister at the time, summarized the results: Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard of people coming back from near-death experiences telling stories of what they experienced while they were “gone”. But this one is particularly interesting because it happened to a neurosurgeon while he was under intense medical observation during a seven-day coma. The doctor was a nominal Christian at the time but didn’t seem believe in God because such faith didn’t jibe with science.
During his near-death experience, which happened in 2008, the doctors around him could clearly see that his brain’s cortex—the part that controls thought and emotion – was completely shut down. Hence, it wasn’t possible for him to experience the vivid consciousness that occurred. Here’s how he explains it: Read the rest of this entry »
Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, said the long-term reduction of Christianity, particularly among young people, was now “unstoppable”.
“In another 20 years there are going to be more active Muslims than there are churchgoers,” he said.
“The time has now come that institutional Christianity is no longer justified, the number has dropped below critical mass for which there is no longer any justification for the established Church, for example, or the monarch going through a religious ceremony at coronation.
Keith, I hope secularism feels the boot of Islam on its neck. Then maybe you will be disabused of your rather stupid ideas of how bad Christianity was.
Of course, it’s we Christians that will be left to suffer Islam. The Secularists don’t reproduce. They just screw the culture up and then die.
This is a very brave woman – one who we Christians can truly call “Sister”. She’s not interested in the “yes” men of Christianity. She wants the real deal.
As for the liberals, she doesn’t fit into the conventional box, does she? You can see smoke coming out of their ears – “This does not compute! This does not compute! Error! Intolerance! Hatred! This does not compute!”
It’s been almost two weeks since the Superbowl. While I really enjoy watching football, I don’t particularly enjoy post-game interviews with players. They tend to be so cliché, like “Nobody ever gave us a chance, but we worked really hard, stuck to the game-plan and trusted in each other…” Bla bla bla. Sports fans know what I’m talking about.
When a player from the winning team is interviewed after a Superbowl, they almost invariably start by thanking God. That’s a nice touch, but I’ve always been amazed by the religiosity of football players. I’m not saying they’re saints, but they certainly have a place for God in their lives. They pray before games, after games, during games. They attend church regularly and volunteer their time to help poor kids. They’re not shy to quote the Bible on TV. Professional football players must be the most religious segment of the US population.
Every year, my family and I venture out to our rented cottage for a week of some relaxation and fun. It’s also the week that I have available to actually read a novel. For me, it’s a nice break from the madness in society and in the Church.
This year, I chose to read a novel by a local writer and journalist, Deborah Gyapong (pronounced ”japong”). Deborah writes for a few Catholic publications like TheCatholic Register and other Christian publications. She’s even a convert from the CBC religion, having spent more than 25 years in TV, print and radio, including 12 years as a producer for the CBC’snews and current affairs programming.
This blog post is so damn funny. I have to post the whole thing in its entirety. I’ve highlighted the hilarious parts. Needless to say, this is my kind of Ecumenism. To give you a little bit of context read this first.
In anticipation of Salvatore Cordileone’s installation as Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco yesterday, Marc Andrus, the Episcopalian Bishop of California, issued what could be called a welcome letter. Here’s how a friend characterized it:
Welcome to Super Gay San Francisco, Salvatore! I’ll be civil toward you because we’ve worked together on the Millennium Development Goals, but I consider your theology about sex oppressive and will not sugar-coat that. Meanwhile, I trust you will never say anything critical of the Episcopal Church or of me. And hey, if anyone in your archdiocese’s sexual left is reading this, life is great in the Episcopal Church. Come on over!
So imagine Andrus’ surprise when he showed up to Cordileone’s installation yesterday and was not treated as the most important guest of honor in the history of the world’s installation services. Here’s the AP:
Andrus said he was taken to a basement room with other invited guests, then left waiting as ushers showed everyone but him to their seats in the sanctuary, Joseph Mathews, an Episcopal spokesman said. He was still waiting when the mass had started, so he left, Mathews said.
San Francisco Archdiocese spokesman George Wesolek chalked it up to a misunderstanding. Andrus had arrived late and missed the procession of interfaith clergy who were to be seated up front. Church staff were looking for an opportunity to bring the bishop in without disrupting the service, according to Wesolek. When they went to retrieve him, he had already left.
And Andrus is livid. He’s issued multiple press releases about his poor treatment and the Episcopal press has taken to their fainting couches.
I know this is because I’m a Missouri-Synod Lutheran, and our clergy have to prove their ability to win a bar fight before they are certified for ordination (or so I’ve heard), but Andrus needs to man up.
If he wants to use his big boy words, fine. But learn to deal with the consequences. Temper tantrums are unbecoming. And get to the church on time! Life doesn’t need to be this difficult, Andrus. (Source)
An openly homosexual United Church minister from Vancouver was elected as the 41st moderator of the United Church of Canada at the Protestant denomination’s General Council meeting held at Ottawa’s Carleton University last week….(Source)
Two things here….
1) When Jack Layton died, the CCCB were tripping all over themselves in eulogizing his accomplishments, all the while ignoring his public positions in favour of sodomy and baby-killing. That’s what the “political protocol” is. Now that one of their Ecumenical partners has a new leader, is it not protocol for the CCCB to issue its “ecumenical congratulations” to the new Moderator? I don’t see any announcement on their website. Why not? Read the rest of this entry »
Can someone tell me what’s so good about Ecumenism again?
The only Ecumenism that I’ve ever seen work is opening some door for other Christians to come into the Catholic Church…and certainly not the kumbaya garbage that has dominated “ecumenical dialogue” for the past 50 years.
Here’s the bottom line: we’re not contradicting any defined teaching. If you can’t accept it, don’t bother coming to the table. We’ll save a few water bottles that way.