May 25, 2015

Preach it, Michelle!

Commencement speeches are usually fairly banal and unmemorable, but people are buzzing about one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at Tuskegee University last Saturday.  After reviewing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the university for which “Booker T. Washington pawned his pocket watch to buy a kiln, and students used their bare hands to […]

Andy Zehner: On Communitarianism

Note from CM: I have said often that I am a-political — I don’t care much for politics, and we don’t talk too much about that world here on IM, except when it impinges on some facet of religious discourse. In today’s terms, I consider myself a moderate and you will usually find me lamenting the […]

A Desperate Measure?

Note from CM: We didn’t have enough strong opinions expressed yesterday(!), so I thought I’d start a discussion on something that’s happening here in the heart of the great Midwest. I don’t normally devote much space to political debates, but since this one is specifically “Christian” in origin and intent, why not? No, I’m not spoiling for […]

Damaris Zehner: Some Thoughts on Artificial Birth Control

This is such a divisive topic.  I’ve tried for years to write about it and haven’t found the courage or the focus.  Here’s my claim:  I don’t like artificial birth control.  I think it is spiritually, physically, and socially harmful.  However, I don’t want to write a diatribe against it or try to persuade people […]

ECT on “Reclaiming Marriage”

 • • • UPDATE: In light of Eeyore’s insightful comment, I have added another point to my remarks. First Things has published a statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) called The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage. Catholic and Evangelical members of ECT are listed after the article, and then there is a list […]

A Response to Owen Strachan on Cultural Courage

Owen Strachan has written a piece at his blog thoughtlife called “Cultural Capitulation to Homosexuality is Not Courageous.” Strachan is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Those connections tell you pretty much what you need to know about […]

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because the […]

A Jesus-Shaped Response to Israel and Gaza

I’m sure many of us as individuals and churches will be praying for the situation in Israel and Gaza this weekend. It is one thing to express my opinions, “Christian” or otherwise, as I sit in my living room safely, thousands of miles away from a crisis situation in another part of the world. I don’t […]

Marci Alborghetti: Sanctity of Life and the Death Penalty

Note from CM: I’m happy to introduce a guest author today, one who comes to us by way of our friend Jeff Dunn. Her name is Marci Alborghetti, and she is the author of several books. Marci’s most recent titles, People of the Nativity: Living the Christmas Story Then and Now, and Being the Body […]

The Great Methodological Heresy

Let me say it at the start: I don’t give a rat’s tail about the “Hobby Lobby” case that the Supreme Court decided the other day. I don’t buy the Chicken Little mania of the progressives who think the sky of freedom and protection for women is falling. Nor do I buy the triumphalistic crowing […]