If you’re a hip-hop fan like I am, you’ve already listened to and absorbed Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus. If you’re not a fan of the genre, I really doubt this album will convince you. Perhaps some of Kanye’s older works would have a better shot (808s and Heartbreak or My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). [...]
Has it been a week already? The above graphic is from Happy Monday at The Master’s Table. We’re very much opposed to sensationalism. In theory, at least. But how can we not include Pastor Indicted for Plot to Poison Wife on Missions Trip? Opinions please? Some say this is appropriate but Chaplain Mike says this […]
Yesterday on the N train, a man who was standing in front of me suddenly reached over and punched the open window above me in order to close it. I had just put down my book and was in this in-between state, still sort of in the world of my book, coming back slowly into the world of the subway, and this loud noise and violent motion startled me. Show More Summary
What do Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and evangelical Dutch Christians have in common? Both group respects their god so much, they won't do a thing when their kids get -- and spread -- the measles, and both communities are fighting an outbreak...Show More Summary
By Konchog Norbu The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, whose seminal recordings of their unique overtone chanting have long stoked spiritual and musical imaginations, are once again collaborating with some of the most cutting-edge musicians and producers, with major recordings and appearances imminent. Currently touring Australia with HH the Dalai Lama, the Gyuto Monks will break [...]
Caution: Graphic subject matter. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when preborn babies begin to feel pain. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Congress in May. Show More Summary
My son's spit strings together my story of personal failure. Tong Len brings me present and helps me work with what is. read more
I think we’re all afraid. Different reasons in each case, but I know that my American friends — who comprise the majority of readers here — are wondering quite literally which way the wind is going to blow. Communities not devastated by hurricanes and tornadoes have been shattered by gun violence. It makes you want […]
This morning the people of University Park Church and Sunnyside Church had a special joint worship service before members and friends took part in the Portland Pride Parade. Watch the video of my homily or read the text here.
Is there anyone who doesn't abuse his or her position at graduation ceremonies anymore? Already this spring, we've seen student speakers and teachers use their power to promote prayer, and now we have a superintendent doing it, too. Earlier...Show More Summary
In the most recent Zen Habits entry, Leo Babuta acknowledges inevitable blurs in personal growth by stating we are making choices all day long, with no one to tell us whether they’re right or wrong— read more
Now playing — the trailer for “Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen,” a documentary about Zen monk, author, musician, and filmmaker Brad Warner: A cut of the film is currently being entered into film festivals, but there’s time — about a month left — to pitch in and help get the film properly finished. Click here to [...]
On June 2nd, Peter Heck, a social studies teacher at Eastern High School in Greentown, Indiana, gave a controversial commencement speech at the school's graduation ceremony. Among other things, he made several comments about female students' future responsibilities regarding work and family: Ladies, I challenge you to a life of rebellion. Show More Summary
Copyright © 2011 The Zondervan Corporation Time for another round of Christian blog and news links for the whole family. In the past we would often begin and end here with cartoons, but the whole question of fair use gets muddy sometimes, especially when humor meets illustration. I’ve studied the permissions statements of some of […]
A few little things that I wanted to share... and they just might add up to a blog post.Two Great Podcasts - Myths of Ancient Greece and Legends of King ArthurPaul Vincent began retelling the Greek myths to his children and then, luckily for us, he began recording them for a podcast, Myths and History of Ancient Greece. Show More Summary
IRS should not be allowed to be the speech and belief police.
I know what you're going to say: we really shouldn't dignify Charisma with press coverage and pageviews. The Christian "news service" is dripping with bigotry, intolerance, and just plain misinformation about any issue you can name. But...Show More Summary
Honoring my story while putting one foot in front of the other read more
You've seen this happen before: A pastor sits for an interview. He's asked what he thinks about homosexuality. Not wanting to be lumped in with known bigots -- the Falwells, Warrens, Driscolls, and the like -- he says it's not his position to judge. Show More Summary
In the weeks following the death of Hugo Chávez, thousands of his supporters flocked to Caracas to view his body. Ezra Fieser was there to learn more about the myth, the man and his "Jesus image."