Recently, I wrote about a study showing that alcohol consumers, on average, live longer than teetotalers. I noted Scripture versus that appear to allow (or even celebrate) the use of alcohol in moderation. And I asked whether new scientific evidence might (or should) lead to a new discussion, among conservative Christians, about the appropriateness of […]
Month – October 2010
An Arkansas group is spearheading a groundbreaking international conference next week to promote greater diversity among Christians. The Multi-ethnic Church Conference 2010 will draw hundreds of participants to San Diego Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock and executive director of the Mosaix Global Network of churches, which […]
Juan Williams has been fired by NPR for saying that he’s nervous when he flies on an airplane with people wearing traditional Islamic garb. But don’t feel too sorry for Mr. Williams. Hours after getting a pink slip from NPR, he got a $2-million-dollar, three-year deal from FOX News. Lost in the uproar was Mr. […]
The Crystal Cathedral has filed for bankruptcy. The Parthenon of Positive Thinking has put a positive spin on its failure to pay its bills, posting a press release on its website, titled “A New Chapter for Crystal Cathedral.” So who was the mastermind behind this fiscal fiasco? Satan? No. The Schullers? Nyet. Nay-sayers and nattering […]
Oxford University Press is releasing a new book November 1, 2010 about misotheism. What is misotheism?
We haven’t had a drop of precipitation at my house in a month and it’s been dry and drought-like in Little Rock all summer. So when we heard a clap of thunder this afternoon, there were literally cheers that erupted in the newsroom. Soon, rain was pounding the sky-light windows above us. It’s a beautiful […]
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has written a religion pop quiz. There are 13 questions (and a few of them are trick questions.) See how many of them you can get right. Bonus points if you can spot the questions where “All of the Above” is the correct answer. P.S. I got 12 […]
My childhood list of Very Important People was fairly unorthodox, ideologically inconsistent, and tilted toward athletes from the Pacific Northwest. It included Portland Trailblazer center Bill Walton, Seattle Seahawk quarterback Jim Zorn, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barry Goldwater, Sen. Edward Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, gospel singer Evie Tornquist and […]
PBS has a great new series, starting Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, called “Faith in America.” In conjunction with the series, PBS has launched Faithbook, a place where people can post pages devoted to their own faith and values. It’s a most unusual idea. For more on PBS’ upcoming series, click here.
St. Mark Choir headed for Washington, D.C. St. Mark Baptist Church, one of Little Rock’s largest congregations, won Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” competition in Memphis recently. They’ll be traveling to Washington, D.C. for a sing-off at the Verizon on Nov. 13. The winning choir there will win up to $50,000.