Pentecostal and holiness churches went against the cultural tides when they opposed cigarette smoking throughout the 20th century. Early on, the military was promoting cigarettes. So was Congress and Hollywood, Madison Avenue and (of course) Big Tobacco. But Pentecostals held their ground — and were eventually vindicated. Pentecostals argued that smoking was a nasty, disgusting, […]
Month – August 2010
I am reading Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCullouch, and I’m struggling to get through it. It’s just so darned….lengthy. Longer than the Bible long. (An exaggeration, but just barely.) Longer than the New Testament long. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a “triumphantly executed achievement” — to quote Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan […]
Leonard Pitts Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist, has written a column that lavishes praise on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Here’s one of the nicer lines by Pitts: “Huckabee seems to have the novel idea that it’s more important to find answers than win arguments, more important to speak conscience than parrot talking […]
Heather Hahn, formerly of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has a nice article about Sep. 11, the proposed mosque near Ground Zero and how Methodists respond to the issue. Nice to see an Arkansas minister (of Muslim descent, no less) quoted in the story.
I’m reading a book on the history of Christianity and I’m 300 pages into it, but I’ve barely made a dent in it. I’ve still got 1,600 years of history and 700 pages of paper to wade through before I reach the finish line. And it crossed my mind last night — maybe I should […]
And it’s located in the Pentagon. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has all the details. h/t: Mollie at Get Religion.
Baptist Press has a nice story about a struggling English-language Baptist congregation that called it quits after 45 years. Instead of selling the building, they gave it away to a Spanish-language congregation.
CNN reports bones belonging to John the Baptist may have been discovered in Bulgaria. The wrist-bone of John the Baptist can be seen at Topkapi Palace in Constantinople. The skull? It’s been spotted in Rome, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Damascus and numerous other sites.
This is a pretty weird story. A police officer was injured while breaking up a fight — and it turns out the fight was staged. The genius behind the fake fight? A minister.
I thought about poor saintly Mary Lindsay when I heard about Nayara Goncalves, a Southern Florida cell phone store manager who used her Christian faith to defeat an armed felon. Goncalves’ story (below) has a happy ending. Mary Lindsay’s testimony, on the other hand, ended in tragedy back in 1978. Goncalves has become a mini-celebrity. […]