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TRUE FREEDOM

I ordinarily post my sermons at my sermon blog -- Words of Welcome -- but with the topic being freedom and relating to the upcoming holiday, I thought I'd post it here as well.


Galatians 5:1, 13-25


Oh, to be free, really free, so that I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted!! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Do you ever have such thoughts? I do!
Well, since we’ve come to that time of the year when it’s mandatory to celebrate freedom, maybe it’s appropriate to think about such things as freedom and liberty. You do know that the 4th of July Holiday is just a few days away? I know the 4th is about barbeque, fireworks, parades, and summer sales, but still . . . Maybe it would be a good thing to talk about freedom, especially at a time when some of our freedoms seem to be in danger. Back in 1941 – I know some of you were alive back then -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared in his State of the Union Address his unswerving support of four freedoms, freedoms that should be for …

Dangerous VPs -- Burr and Cheney

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There is a growing movement calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney for all manner of abuses of power. For decade upon decade the Vice Presidency was a pretty cushy job, unless of course the President died in office -- then you'd have to work for a living. But that has been changing of late. Al Gore had taken on increased roles during the Clinton administration and since 2001, Dick Cheney has hoarded to himself all kinds of powers and has sought to distance himself from any kind of accountability and oversight.
Eric Rauchway in a New Republicon-line piece compares Aaron Burr and Dick Cheney -- both were seekers for power and were not shy about mixing business and politics. Burr would be indicted for treason for allegedly trying to conspire to create an empire for himself out of the western parts of the North American continent. He would of course, also kill Alexander Hamilton in a duel. He was to be sure -- cold blooded -- a Machiavellian conspirator and after Bur…

Theological Proclamations Meme

Being that I’m a preacher and I like any preacher love to beg, borrow, and steal an idea or two, I’m jumping on the bandwagon to move from theological confessions to theological proclamations. Proclamations are by their very nature bolder and yet worthy of challenge. So here go my nine proclamations. 1. I proclaim that love maybe an overused and fuzzy theological concept, but it is the glue that holds Christian faith together. The problem is not that we talk too much about love, but that we have yet to try it!

2. I proclaim that James is right – faith without works is dead. The problem isn’t with James, it’s with our equation of action with moralism and legalism.

3. I proclaim that Dietrich Bonhoeffer may be misused and overused, but you have to attend to his own proclamation: “When Christ calls a man (or a woman), he bids him (her) come and die.” It’s not an idea taken lightly, but it is the point, isn’t it?

4. I proclaim that equality in church and society is at the heart of the gospel.…

Ten Theses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Over at Faith and Theology, Ray Anderson, emeritus professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary (I took one class -- Theology of the Family -- from him many years ago) offers ten very intriguing theses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Bonhoeffer remains an intriguing and enigmatic theologian and example of Christian life these many years since his martyrdom, yes he was a martyr even if he would never claim the title for himself. He was a man who lived his faith on the edge and showed us that true faith could not be cautiously lived. You have to simply get out there and trust in God's grace -- but to be a person of faith is to be a person who acts.
I provide just one of the theses for you to read, but I think this sums things up well:
9. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a maverick theologian. John Maverick was a 19th-century Texas rancher and legislator who received a herd of cattle in payment of a bill and turned them loose on the range without a brand. When one of them turned up without a br…

Pastoring a Sock-Puppet Church

I read with just a bit of glee Diana Butler Bass's ditty on modern VBS programs (which are so glitzy that we small congregations can't compete and usually so conservative that they're not usable without considerable tweaking -- I'm sorry but trying to get 5 year olds to confess their sins and accept Jesus as their savior is just simply silly!!!). Diana moves from a discussion of the changes in VBS programs from when she was a child (I'm just a tad older than Diana so we were VBS'ers at similar times in our lives -- though across the country) to what these programs say about how we do church. There are all kinds of programs out there and church growth hucksters promising their own version of "VBS in a Can" that will make our churches more efficient and effective -- in just 40 days (and for $39.95)! She writes: Lately, I have been reading Bill McKibben’s fine new book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. McKibben argues that …

Torture and the Polls

When I think of torture and the Christian faith I immediately think of Jesus -- who according to the gospels underwent considerable suffering at the hands of his Roman executors. I think too of the historical record, where Christians -- leaders and non-leaders suffered in the Roman arenas -- crucified, burned, thrown to the lions or the gladiators -- Of course there is the Inquisition -- I need say no more. There is, indeed, a very mixed record on our part. Well John Green, of Pew Research, has written an article for The Review of Faith & International Affairs(Summer 2007), that shares some recent polling data that is -- at least to me quite disturbing. When it comes to torture -- white Evangelical Protestants are the most permissive, with 51.6% believing that torture can be justified, at least sometimes, while only 29.2% say it is never justified. Before we Mainline Protestants begin to think too highly of ourselves, it is worth pointing out that only 44.1% say at least sometim…

A Senate with its Head in the Sand -- Immigration Bill fails

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The proverbial ostrich with its head buried in the sand is a good analogy for the US Senate's most recent inability to deal responsibly with the immigration issue. So like the mythical depiction of the flightless bird our leaders, pushed preeminently by Conservative Republicans urged on by conservative talk show hosts, have chosen to ignore the issues before them -- they are in a major state of denial! According to the AP Story, by a 46 - 53 vote Republicans and Democrats chose to ignore the issues here. So there will be no border enforcement nor will there be a path to citizenship. There will be no incentive for employers to comply with the law nor will there be incentives for undocumented persons to come out of the shadows. And it appears that nothing will happen for the foreseeable future -- at least not until well after the 2008 elections. If you think things will get better, then you have joined the ostrich brigade. It's unfortunate that the President -- who for once was o…

Political Shifts in the SBC? -- Sightings

Baptist Pastor and Columnist James Evans offers a word of insight into the possible directions taken by the Southern Baptist Convention, most specifically politically. The Fundamentalist controlled SBC has been a GOP stronghold in recent years, but that stranglehold is being to loosen. There are signs that people are broadening their understanding of the definition of a social issue and there's concern that politics has dampened the mission of the church -- flattened membership/baptisms. The future, therefore, is both open and intriguing!


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Sightings 6/28/07

A Political Shift for Southern Baptists?
James L. Evans

For the past three decades Southern Baptists have been, for the most part, faithful political conservatives. Like other believers on the religious right, culture war issues have made them reliable supporters of the Republican Party. This party loyalty has been especially evident during the annual Southern Baptist Convention, with visits and c…

Gangs in Lompoc -- Finding Solutions

My friend Joyce Howerton, a former mayor of Lompoc and a community activist, has put together a series of forums dealing with the issue of gangs in Lompoc. Lompoc is a relatively small town (50,000), off the main highway, but home to an Air Force base and a complex of federal prisons. It has a small town feel, conservative in many ways, and yet gangs are a presence here. As we began our evening together we watched the Drama Kings, a group of young men incarcerated at the Los Prieto's Boys Camp, a juvenile detention facility tell their story and their hopes of a new life. I do pray for them, that this will be a turning point. Theirs is a story told well, a story that is heart breaking, and a story that holds out hope! So, how to deal with the issue? That's a good question. Law enforcement has a role, but it's not sufficient. Schools -- yes -- and schools willing to provide a variety of programs that will inspire young people to stay in school, attend to their studies, and d…
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With the Senate again taking up the important Immigration Reform package, here is an alert and call for action from Church World Service, an outreach of the World Council of Churches. It's important that we deal with the immigration issue and soon. This is some recommended actions in regard to it.

Action Alert: From Church World Service

Comprehensive immigration reform bill

Phone your Senators and ask them to support this bill

The U.S. Senate today voted to resume debate on the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1639). After considering a series of amendments, the Senate could take final action on the bill on Friday.


Take five minutes now to phone your two Senators and ask them to support:

Provisions that protect family unity. No family-based visa application should be tossed out merely because of the current large backlog. Rather, those applications should be processed expeditiously. Any “point system” for awarding visas should complement rather than…

Out of the Closet Meme

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Just to begin things -- that title doesn't mean what you might think it means!!

What follows are my theological confessions. Ben Meyer, over at Faith and Theology, posted a series of theological confessions and invited the rest of us to do the same. I’ve read confessions at a couple of other blogs, and it appears we have much to confess -- I'd suggest most especially Michael Westmoreland-White's confessions -- many if not most of which I concur with.

So, here are a few of my own.Being that I am about to begin my tenth year pastoring a small Mainline Protestant church in Southern California, a place where the esoteric and the non-traditional are as attractive as anything orthodox or traditional, where self-help and do-it-yourself religion reigns, I confess that theological debates that are remote to practical pastoral questions have increasingly less interest to me. Yes, there are esoteric questions that are fun to debate, but I simply find that I have less and less time and …

Loss of Confidence in Organized Religion

People tell me they don't believe in organized religion and so I like to ask them if they prefer disorganized religion! The reality is that institutional forms of religious faith are finding that life is difficult. Yes there are those big mega-churches that get bigger and better every day, but by and large religious groups are struggling and the percentage of people involved in religious organizations is getting smaller. And so the reports are out that tell us that only 46% of Americans have confidence in organized forms of religion. In truth, I'm surprised it's that high. With all the recent scandals and the seeming apathy about involvement in a religious community, that may be a higher number than expected -- but the only year that it was lower was in 2003. In 1975, when Gallup asked this question, confidence stood at 68%. Of course, as bad as things are for the church, they're not as bad as confidence in the presidency or the Congress -- both of which stand …

Reading the Bible With Openness

Krista Tippett has written a wonderful book -- Speaking of Faith (Viking, 2007). I've been putting out some quotes for your consideration. These are I think very thoughtful statements. Here she talks about her encounter with Scripture -- how she reads it. "The Bible, as I read it now, is not a catalogue of absolutes, as its champions sometimes imply. Nor is it a document of fantasy, as its critics charge. It is an ancient record of an ongoing encounter with God in the darkness as well as the light of human experience. . . . In the Christianity of the modern West, we've largely left the vivid storytelling of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, in Sunday School. We've consigned it to the world of childhood figuratively and literally. And in our time a superficial Christian rendering of these biblical texts underpins false dichotomies that plague our public life -- chasms we've set up between sacred text and truth, between idealized views of the way human beings shou…

The Barack Obama Story

Check it out -- a new video piece from Barack Obama.


Torquemada II -- Dick Cheney's embrace of Cruelty

When is torture torture? Apparently it's when severe cruelty goes to the point of being extreme. That sounds like a very fine line!!! Dick Cheney is a man who loves power, secrecy, and apparently isn't squeamish when it comes to inflicting pain -- all in the name of national security. According to Washington Post reporters, back in 2002, the CIA came to the White House and asked to define the limits on what was acceptable in coercing information. The response was a directive from the President that left enough ambiguity to permit just about anything. This line of thought, we're told, was influenced by the Vice President's own counsel, David Addington. We're told that Addington was an advocate of pushing the limits and essentially exempted the President from treaty obligations: The vice president's lawyer advocated what was considered the memo's most radical claim: that the president may authorize any interrogation method, even if it crosses the line into…

Looking Over India -- Sightings

Our vision of the world tends to be parochial, often fed by anecdote and bits and pieces of news. Stereotype and our own self-understanding contribute to a fairly narrow world view. There is, in that vein, a natural inclination to assume that one's own religious community is peaceful and just, while not being so sure about others. Here in the United States there is an underlying current that at least assumes a Christian foundation to society. Because of current military adventures, there is an assumption by many that Islam is violent and an enemy to America. For some, probably because our introductions to Islam are Americanized versions that have little or no nationalistic connections -- consider Yoga or maybe Hare Krishna movements. But reality isn't quite as it might appear. Martin Marty, in this week's Sightings piece, points us toward India as a parallel situation to our own, a sort of watch what you ask for, you might get it. By looking at India we discover th…

Obama on Faith and Politics

I've not seen the video feed or read a transcript of Barack Obama's speech yesterday to the UCC General Synod. From reports I've read so far, he criticized the Religious Right for trying to corner the religion market. He also spoke, apparently, of an activist faith, one that is of course in line with the UCC (a denomination of which he's a member). The New York Times report can be found here.

Keeping Focused in a Culture of Distraction

Faith in the Public Square
Lompoc Record
June 14, 2007

Critics of religion like to point to religion’s potential to distract us from the realities of life. Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the masses.” By promising “pie in the sky in the bye and bye,” Marx claimed that religion placated people and allowed those in power to control them. Unfortunately, there’s some truth to this charge, which is why authority figures have sought to ally themselves with the leading religious forces of the day.

Consider Constantine: he understood quite well the value of an alignment with the growing Christian community that had prospered in spite of persecution and proscription by the imperial government. If you can’t stop it, then why not join it and try to control it?

It’s possible that Constantine was a true convert – I’m in no position to judge – but it’s clear that he understood the political benefits of such an alliance. It’s also clear that after generations of persecution, many Christian leade…

Possibilities of Peace and Justice

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Before Krista Tippett started hosting radio programs about faith, before she went to Yale Divinity School, she was a political aid at the US consulate in West Berlin. This was before the fall of the Soviet Union and East Germany. She discovered there a sense of spiritual desolation, and discovered "that transcendent goals like peace and justice are always made possible, or rendered impossible, by the patterns of the human heart."
What is the human condition?
The human condition is the reality around which political life revolves --and upon which it falters. Even the highest levels of diplomacy and geopolitical strategy are about treating the symptoms of humanity on the loose. This fact is made more complex, not more transparent, in our era where religious passions and identities overtly fuel political conflict -- where , in other words, the human heart is openly, wantonly involved. (p. 47).

She writes that her current involvement as a journalist, "probing for human and spi…

A Might Heart Brings Faiths Together

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I've yet to see A Might Heart, the movie based on the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl by al Qaeda and Taliban fighters and starring Angelina Jolie as his wife Mariane, but a screening of the film in LA brought together members of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim community to talk about the movie, the events surrounding Pearl's death, and how people of faith can work together to bring reconciliation.
Paneklists included Rev. Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting, Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsonFirst, and Hussam Ayloush, Ex. Dir of the Council of Arab Islamic Relations in Southern California. Events like these can't solve all our difficulties, but they can help us sort out the issues and bring people of good will together.

A President Above the Law

Yesterday we learned that Dick Cheney was exempt from an executive order concerning oversight on dealing with classified documents because he's not part of the executive branch, at least not completely. Well, now we learn that this justification isn't needed. The White House says now that both Tricky Dick and GW are exempt from oversight. The executive order applies to everyone else, but not to these two cats. The evidence of an imperial presidency is everywhere. Read about it here in the LA Times.

Fundamentalism: Defensive Grasps

We hear much about Fundamentalism, especially in regard to conservative Christianity and Islam. But what fuels the turn to Fundamentalism? I like the definition of Fundamentalism given by Krista Tippett of Speaking of Faith. She begins: I define a fundamentalist as anyone who not only has the answers for himself, but has them for all the rest of us, but has them for all the rest of us too. Fundamentalism is a peculiarly potent form of flight from modernity, usually by turning the tools of modernity -- technology, communications, travel, weapons -- back on themselves. It is always a reaction, born of a perceived assault on one's most basic identity and values.And where does it come from? But I've come to understand it as an extreme manifestation of a more basic instinct alive in our culture, mundane and universal -- the defensive grasp at certainties stoked by the bewildering complexity of the age in which we live. Moral libertarians and secular analysts can be as derisively …

Cheney's Gambit

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Dick Cheney loves secrecy. During the early days of the Post-911 crisis, it became almost a joke that the VP was in an undisclosed location. He held energy hearings, which he has kept secret -- claiming executive privilege. He's part of the executive branch, so he's privileged. Well guess what, when it suits his fancy he's not part of the executive branch, he's part of the legislative branch.
Apparently there is a federal act first signed by Bill Clinton and then reauthorized by GW that requires a reporting on all classified materials being held by one's office -- as a way of keeping track of things. Well, Tricky Dick II says he's not required to do this since he's part of the legislative branch.
What he has done is basically remove himself from any oversight. This is a man out of control and yet he has significant influence over our nation's policies and activities.
I do believe it may be time to start impeachment processes not on GW, but on Dick, the d…

Enemy Combatant? Is your freedom in jeopardy?

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When I think of John Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute, I usually think of the Religious Right, but lately I'm discovering that he can be right on target -- and such is the case with his posting on GW Bush's use of the Patriot Act and increasingly imperialistic presidency to infringe our liberties -- all in the name of the "war on terror."

Whitehead quotes GW as saying "There should be limits to freedom." Now there may be truth to that statement, but what does the President mean by that. Whose freedoms and how are these limits determined. Whitehead makes this very cogent comment that is really worth considering:

In a world where the president has the power to label anyone, whether a citizen or permanent resident, an enemy combatant and detain that person indefinitely without trial, no liberty exists and everyone is potentially an “enemy combatant.”
He writes this in the context of a discussion of the fate of Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, a legal alien resid…

Happy Birthday Reinhold

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It is the birthday of America's greatest 20th Century theologian. He was our "public theologian," a man consulted by the powerful and whose thought remains influential. Barack Obama quotes him as does Krista Tippett. In fact, he is a favorite of politicos from left to right. This despite his having died in 1971 (I was 13 at the time).

Michael Westmoreland-White has provided a very fitting memorial to Niebuhr -- although Michael doesn't share all of Niebuhr's views (Michael is a committed pacisfist). For further information and links check out the Niebuhr Society page.

Challenges for Progressive Muslims -- Sightings

Just as Christianity isn't a monolithic entity, neither is Islam. With 1.6 billion adherents, Islam is growing and it is finding that making its way through this era of rapid change and globalization has not been easy. In today's edition of Sightings, from the Martin Marty Center, Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic Studies at UNC --Chapel Hill, explores the challenges that stand before Progressive Muslims -- a movement that is a continuation of but departure from Liberal Islam of an earlier era. This is an interesting piece that calls us to consider further the present realities that are Islam. ***************************
Sightings 6/21/07

Challenges for Progressive Muslims-- Omid Safi
It is a commonplace today to begin a discourse on Islam with the theme of "crisis." It is not my intention here to add to that unrelenting discursive assault. Instead, I would like to describe the salient features of Muslims who self-identify as progressive, and comment upon the challen…

Marcus Borg speaks on Iraq

Marcus Borg has become an important Progressive Christian voice in our country and in an On Faith (Washington Post/Newsweek) posting, he has tackled the Iraq War. He calls it as it should be called, an "unjust war." Pointing out that there have been just two Christian positions on war -- pacifism (which reigned among Christians until Constantine) and the "Just War" theory, of which Augustine is the preeminent theorist. On both counts, the War in Iraq, which was a "pre-emptive war" or a "war of choice" is illegitimate from a Christian perspective. That our President, who has justified the war, is a Christian and that a majority of those supporting the war are Christians, suggests that we have as yet failed to understand the meaning of a "just war." Like Marcus, I opposed the war before it started and continue to oppose it, because it was entered into, from a Christian perspective, illegitimately. I am tempted by pacifism, but my r…

Our Reluctant but Effective Ambassador

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In the minds of many Islam and terrorism are synonymous. Many Americans look at the Middle East through us vs. them lenses and for see ongoing holy war. Many speak of this in cosmic terms -- no longer east versus west but now Christian/Jewish versus Islam. On the other side of the coin many see the US as the Great Satan.
In to the middle of all this steps Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). A freshman congressman he is being closely scrutinized, with people watching to see if he's "sleeping with the enemy." I have written before in support of him on this blog and elsewhere, and from what I can see he's done his job well.
He'd rather not be our roving good will ambassador to the Islamic world -- he'd instead like to work on protecting people from predatory lenders and represent the people of his district -- Muslim and non-Muslim. But at a time when America is deeply embedded in two wars in Muslim lands, it is not possible to simply focus on such things.
An article at the…

A Bit of Clergy Humor

This is from my friend Brett Younger, pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX:

"In groups of more than five pastors, someone inevitably asks, 'How's your church doing?' The answer is often something like 'We're okay, but we're starting the summer slump, I hope the giving doesn't fall as much as last year.' A few ministers answer, 'The Holy Spirit is really at work. Our church is on fire.' Those ministers have trouble getting other ministers to sit with them." (Brett Younger, Who Moved My Pulpit? A Hilarious Look at Ministerial Life, Smyth and Helwys, 2004, page 129).

Stem Cell Veto

Once again President Bush is delaying the inevitable -- the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Again a bi-partisan bill will go to the president, unfortunately they are just short of the necessary number to over ride the veto. The science is against the President and the fact is these embryos, most of which are unused leftovers from IVF procedures will be destroyed anyway. This is in my mind silly and he is simply not paying attention. That something could possibly ease the pain and bring healing to millions is being held up to protect frozen embryos that will never see life, is unconscionable and immoral! So, if you're for change of policy -- vote for change in 2008!

When Does America stop Being America?

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The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor welcoming the world's huddled masses. Now the House GOP, apparently led by Elton Gallegly, the representative from the area in which I pastor though not where I currently live (I think you know how that works).
It is draconian and ultimately unworkable. It focuses on deportation and essentially closing borders. It takes away wage supports for agricultural workers and other supports that allows workers to live. It essentially denies any hope for legal status for the 12 million undocumented persons currently here.
Other aspects of it, including the declaration of English as the national language go against our national history. Conservatives talk a lot about the Founders, well had the Founders wanted, they could have declared a national language, but they didn't -- just as they didn't establish a national religion.
It won't go anywhere, but it does suggest that the GOP is being tempted by our worst xenophobic instincts. Geor…

Migration and Integration

As most of us know, immigration reform is back on the table. Whether something gets done depends on whether a sufficient number of our members of congress can come to terms with a bill and then overcome that vocal but stubborn minority which will stop at only mass deportation and wall building. Although immigration is a raging issue, Gregory Rodriguez, writes today in the LA Times about what happens when immigration has reached its peak and we begin to move to the next stage of life experience. Apparently, for the first time in decades the city of Los Angeles has seen the percentage of foreign born residents decrease. The question is, what happens in the second generation, the ones born here and educated here, who have feet in both worlds and yet are ethnic-Americans not immigrants. In recent years great efforts on the part of the media, business, and religious groups have been devoted to providing resources that are ethnically/language related. But what happens as integration ha…

Secularism in America -- Sightings

We hear a lot about the challenge of secularism and book after book written by militant atheists have made their way to the top of the best seller lists. We know about the almost complete secularization of Europe -- something the current Pope seems determined to stop -- but what about here in America? We're supposed to be such a religious place. Martin Marty writes today about a brief article by Ross Douthat that suggests that secularization of America has begun. But interestingly enough it's not from the challenge of the atheist, but simply indifference. Among the young it is this indifference to religion that is paramount.

I can say that this is true on the West Coast, where more progressive/liberal faith groups have a harder time making a place in the community. The natural constituency, again especially among the young, simply doesn't care. So, I give you this week's posting from Martin Marty, which offers a brief but important commentary on today's si…

Can Homosexuality Be Cured? Growing Doubts

The question has long been -- is homosexuality a choice or is it something some people simply are? And if there is a biological component, what does that mean? Especially if you're a Christian? There are a number of Christian "ex-gay" organizations, such as Exodus International. What has been interesting to watch is the number of leaders of these organization who are unable to stay "straight." Now it's being reported that Exodus International's director, Alan Chambers, is disavowing the idea of being an "ex-gay." The idea that one can be cured is becoming untenable -- at best one can learn to control/manage one's desires, but the idea that they go away is problematic -- in large part because there is a growing understanding of the biological basis. This doesn't mean we're near a break through that will change the debate, but things are changing. And, hopefully we will come to that point where this isn't any longer a matte…

Speaking of Faith -- A Review

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Krista Tippett, Speaking of Faith. New York: Viking, 2007. xii + 238 pages.

There are books that are important, useful and helpful, but difficult to read. There are also books that are a breeze to read, but of little use. Then there is Krista Tippett’s Speaking of Faith, which was simply a joy to read. It’s not a difficult read, but it’s an important book none-the-less. A product of love (of matters of faith), that love shows on every page. And at a time when shrill voices both decry and defend the faith, it is good to hear a voice that is gentle and inviting. A voice that is humble and gracious.

That is the voice one finds coming from Krista Tippett, a theologically trained (Yale Divinity School) journalist and host of the radio program of the same title – Speaking of Faith. She is by birth and by profession of faith a Christian. As she engages her guests and us in conversation, she does not shy away from that profession – but at the same time she recognizes that there are other voices…