The common good is taking a beating. Economic inequality has accelerated dramatically since the early 1980s, and many think nothing can be done about it. But that verdict is a nonstarter for Christian morality.
As a John scholar, I have always been fascinated with the scribal confusion about Jesus' "I AM" statement: "I am the resurrection and the life." Some of the ancient manuscripts for the Gospel of John omit "and the life," with the assumption that this is a redundancy and that no self-respecting Jesus would repeat himself. This is Martha's misunderstanding, isn't it?
About 1,500 Latter-day Saints have submitted letters of resignation to the Mormon Church to protest a new policy barring children of married same-sex couples from being baptized until they are adults, movement organizers said on Sunday. The new church policy bars children of gay married couples from being baptized in the faith until they turn 18, leave their parents’ home, and disavow same-sex marriage or cohabitation. “The people in the Mormon Church are finding that this is not a Christ-centered policy,” said Brooke Swallow, one of the organizers of the protest. “This is a policy that is about the people at the top, and their views and prejudices, and they are not thinking through what this will do long-term to families” (Reuters).