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After Solomon built the Temple, or rather, after his laborers built it, he stood and offered a prayer for its dedication. In his prayer, he admitted that the Temple, for all its human splendor, could not contain or limit God.
The title of this post is intentionally provocative. It reverses the similarity that some conservative religious believers (and some atheists) will at times use polemically, claiming that liberal believers are, for all practical purposes, no different from atheists.
A commenter on a recent post mentioned the experience of highlighting substantial parts of a work by Nietzsche while working on an essay. Years later, he found the text and tried reading those parts he hadn’t highlighted, to see what was in the sections that he didn’t find significant at the time. He then went on to ask if a similar experiment has ever been done with the Bible.
This Sunday's New York Times magazine's cover article is about "two-minus-one" pregnancies—pregnancies with twins in which the mother decides to request selective reduction, that is, to abort one of the fetuses so that she only gives birth to one baby.
Recently, Bill Hybels responded to a gay activist group which had circulated a petition calling for the CEO of Starbucks to cancel his scheduled talk as part of the annual Willow Creek Association Leadership Summit. The CEO ended up not speaking at the event, and Bill Hybels explained the situation to the summit participants.
On Sunday, I went to church. I know, it's summer, and why would you go to church in the summer? There's no Sunday school, and no choir, and there are plenty of other things to do. At least, that seems to be what several people think. But I am the pastor, and I was presiding, so I went to church.