News and Notes

Brief comments about interesting things that I have found on the web.

Presbyterians clear the way for gay clergy

The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to remove from their constitution a statement that requires clergy to live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.”   The reason for this change, as the headline makes clear, is to clear… Continue reading

Free Spiritual Leadership Download

This month Christianaudio.com is offering a free download of the audiobook of the classic Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders.  Be sure to get your free audiobook before the end of the month.

Library of Congress to Archive Twitter

The Library of Congress will archive all your Tweets for posterity.  Do you think that that is a good idea? If you use Twitter, will that affect what you say?

Avatar Worldview

Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa has a worldview analysis of the movie Avatar (look for the link to Avatar).  The movie has stunning visuals, but we must be aware of the worldview assumptions promoted by the movie.  To learn more about how to understand movies, see his book Hollywood Worldviews.

The Days are Getting Shorter

If you feel like you have less time each day to get things done you may be right.  NASA scientists have reported that the earthquake in Chile has shifted the earth axis slightly, making days a little shorter.  But you might not notice the difference, because they… Continue reading

Tiger’s Fall and the Gospel

Ying Yee has a good discussion on Why the Tiger’s fall reminds us of the gospel. The world just doesn’t understand the need for both justice and grace.

Giving Thanks in General

A quote for the day:  “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’ It’s very strange. It’s a little like being… Continue reading

Somali women beaten

In today’s news: Somali women beaten for not wearing socks. Very sad.

Free Audio of Martin Luther’s Here I Stand Speech

Celebrate Reformation Day by listening to a dramatic reading of Luther’s Here I Stand speech. You can download the audio for free until Nov. 1 from listenersbible.com.

Zero Tolerance Run Amok

A New York Eagle Scout has been given a 1 month suspension from school for having a 2 inch knife in a survival kit in his car.  Is this effective violence prevention or serious stupidity?

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