In the church where I did my internship (and spent three years) we used the
lectionary. In my last church, where I served for 4 years, we also used
the lectionary. I like the lectionary and understand its strengths, of
which there are many.
"Constantinian" has lately been a favored pejorative in
theological circles. The term--an allusion to the fourth-century Roman emperor
whose conversion to Christianity turned a marginal sect into a state religion--has
been used to deplore any alliance between the church and the state or, more
broadly, between the church and the dominant political culture.
Candidate John F. Kennedy: If
the time should ever come--and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely
possible--when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or
violate the national interest, then I would resign the office.
This week Mitt Romney offhandedly called himself part of the "middle class."
Mitt's net worth is estimated at $200 million. It seems clear that it
was a pretty innocuous attempt at solidarity by a super-rich guy with
The world will
always be fascinated with Vincent van Gogh. It doesn't matter that his
sunflowers are on mugs, t-shirts, calendars and billboards, or that
psychologists have spent years studying every facet of van Gogh's emotional and