Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Listen to ancient liturgical music & readings
Who are the scientists against evolution?
Of the 128 biologists who signed, few conduct research that would directly address the question of what shaped the history of life. Read more ...
Watch a video on evolution in Central Park by clicking on A Walk in the Woods.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
. . . as we think about Lent
Many years ago a young woman brought her 7 year old son to Mahatma Gandhi. She said: “Babu, my son has a bad habit of eating lots of sugar. Please tell him to stop this.”
Gandhi said: “Come back in one week.”
She did. And then Gandhi put his arms around the little boy and said very softly and firmly. “You should not eat all that sugar, it is bad for you.”
Then the mother asked Gandhi: “Babu, why did you not tell my boy this a week ago?”
Gandhi replied: “Because a week ago I was still eating sugar.”
Lent is coming and Lent is always a time for conversion, the conversion of our own life. The only person we can really change and need to change is ourselves, and we can only do that with the help of God. So we have Lent to ask God to help change the things we need to change, to accept the things we cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
. . . but Spring is coming
Fear of Islam extremists
Journalists can be incredibly brave, but when it comes to covering the Arab and Muslim world, too many news organizations have knuckled under to threats. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, a veteran foreign correspondent, admitted long ago that ''physical intimidation" by the PLO led reporters to skew their coverage of important stories or to ignore them ''out of fear." Similarly, CNN's former news executive, Jordan Eason, acknowledged after the fall of Saddam Hussein that his network had long sanitized its news from Iraq, since reporting the unvarnished truth ''would have jeopardized the lives of . . . our Baghdad staff."
Friday, February 24, 2006
Mission takover by Southern Baptists
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Who are the 15 new cardinals?
What would Jesus do?
U.S. District Judge William Acker Jr. said Tessana Lewis' pregnancy was a motivating factor in her firing but Covenant Classical School in Trace Crossing, as a religious institution, is exempt and can hire and fire based on its beliefs.
School lawyers said Lewis was fired not over pregnancy but sex outside marriage, which violates Covenant's Bible-based principles.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
You can do anything -- but not everything
So a big part of setting priorities is being clear about your values?
Be careful. That's a very popular notion these days: If you focus on your values, than you'll improve the "balance" between your business and personal lives. Give me a break. Focusing on your values may provide you with meaning, but it won't simplify things. You'll just discover even more stuff that's important to you.
I've been working with the most values-driven organization that I've come across. And it has a big burnout problem. People there are always invited to collaborate; everyone wants to play. But how many 7 AM-to-7 PM meetings can you attend? You want to attend all of them because your values tell you that they're all important. But your spouse and your kids start saying, "We never see you."
We suffer the stress of infinite opportunity: There are so many things that we could do, and all we see are people who seem to be performing at star quality. It's very hard not to try to be like them. The problem is, if you get wrapped up in that game, you'll get eaten alive. You can do anything -- but not everything. The universe is full of creative projects that are waiting to be done. So, if you really care about quality of life, if you want to relax, then don't focus on values. Just control your aspirations. That will simplify things. Learning to set boundaries is incredibly difficult for most people.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
John Spink, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer, often observes Ash Wednesday while shooting services for the newspaper. He sets aside his camera, walks to the altar and feels the sensation of a priest's finger making the blackened image of a cross on his forehead. Spink says he then returns to the office, sometimes getting quizzical looks and odd comments such as, “Excuse me, there's something on your forehead,” as if he didn't know. Many Christians will mark the start of Lent on March 1 by observing Ash Wednesday, when an ashen cross is smeared on the forehead as a sign of one's sins and penance. But the day poses a dilemma at work. With office religious displays often a sensitive issue, could the ashen cross be seen as a proselytizing gesture? And if workers wipe ashes off their foreheads, are they somehow denying their faith? For Spink, the answers are clear. For others, they're not.
Monday, February 20, 2006
As part of my devotional reading, I've been using A Year with C.S. Lewis, a gift from my daughter. Lewis reminds me:
For it is not so much of our time and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all our time and all our attention; it is ourselves. . . . Let us make up our minds to it; there will be nothing "of our own" left over to live on, no "ordinary" life. I do not mean that each of us will necessarily be called to be a martyr or even an ascetic. That's as may be. For some (nobody knows which) the Christian life will include much leisure, many occupations we naturally like. But these will be received from God's hands. . . . For He claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There's no bargaining with him.
-- from A Slip of the Tongue
Sunday, February 19, 2006
You are like a mosquito
Blue Cloud Abbey
Saturday, February 18, 2006
It's still cold!
How much do you earn?
Dobson tries to ride the fence
-- James Dobson, host of the “Focus on the Family” program, responding to criticism within conservative Christian ranks to his support of a Colorado state Senate bill that would give unmarried people, including gays, certain benefits. Dobson, who was quoted in Citizen Link, his ministry's e-newsletter, denied that his support of the legislation runs counter to his opposition to gay marriage.
The Rabbi vs. the Archbishop
Friday, February 17, 2006
Yes, it's cold today!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Norwegian prayers for wind
Statistics on evangelicals
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Orthodox Jewish blog
Dove Superbowl ad
Friday, February 10, 2006
Science is not a threat to faith
Thursday, February 09, 2006
No more state church?
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
How then shall we live?
Jesus never structured the purposes of God around themes of self-importance or self-esteem. Rather, he spoke of taking up a cross, laying one's life down for others, and following in the footsteps of one described as a man of sorrows acquainted with grief.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
worth checking out
Saturday, February 04, 2006
God is nice
How to start your day
Friday, February 03, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Keith McClellan O.S.B., Prayer Therapy