Sep 26, 2011 by Steve Thorngate
New today (and Friday) from the Century:
- Jana Riess on Mormon assimilation: "Mormons are in the familiar situation of being on the defensive theologically and politically. But they are also in terra incognita: they are viewed as leading the way in preserving family values."
- Peter Marty, do you love people? "A pastor 30 years older than I was interviewing me for my first parish assignment. His final question unsettled me." (subscription required)
- David Heim comments on the fact that almost a third of wedding couples now choose to have a friend or family member preside: "While real ministers may publicly lament this sign of decreasing religiosity, many are no doubt secretly happy to be involved in fewer weddings with couples who have no religious inclinations."
- Harold Bush reviews Susan Harris's book on American involvement in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century: "Once upon a time, there was a large, wealthy and powerful country that wanted to help a smaller, struggling, powerless country find a pathway into a more stable, democratic, freedom-loving and civilized future." (subscription required)
- David Lewicki wants to know what class you are: "I always assumed we were 'upper middle class' with middle-class sensibilities. In fact, we probably started that way. But by the time I graduated from high school...we were probably rich."
- Clay Oglesbee blogs the lectionary: "Texts about "striving" make me itch. They bring to mind our own cultural commitments to speak about lifting ourselves by our own bootstraps to reach high goals."
In the news:
- Criminals in Ala. offered choice between pews and the pokey
- Rob Bell isn't first megachurch pastor to seek life beyond the pulpit
- Muslim students vow appeal in free speech conviction
- Amnesty International slams Irish Catholic Church on abuse
- Suicide bomber attacks packed Indonesian church
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