Saturday, March 31, 2007
how to offend everyone
The president of the leading Southern Baptist seminary has suggested that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven, and that prenatal treatment to reverse gay orientation would be biblically justified.
The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and one of the country’s evangelical leaders, posted the article on his personal Web site earlier this month.
Mr. Mohler said in the article that scientific research “points to some level of biological causation” for homosexuality.
That suggestion offended fellow conservatives, Mr. Mohler said. Proof of a biological basis would challenge the belief of many conservative Christians that homosexuality, which they view as sinful, is a matter of choice that can be overcome through prayer and counseling.
But Mr. Mohler said he was criticized even more strongly by supporters of gay rights, who were upset by his assertion that homosexuality would remain a sin even if it were biologically based, and by his support for possible medical treatment that could change an unborn child’s sexual orientation.
“He’s willing to play God,” said Harry Knox, a spokesman on religious issues for the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group. “He’s more than willing to let homophobia take over and be the determinant of how he responds to this issue, in spite of everything else he believes about not tinkering with the unborn.”
The article, published on March 2, carried a long but intriguing title: “Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?”
Mr. Mohler began by summarizing some recent research into sexual orientation and advising his Christian readership that they should brace for the possibility that a biological basis for homosexuality might be proven.He wrote that such proof would not alter the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality, but said the discovery would be “of great pastoral significance, allowing for a greater understanding of why certain persons struggle with these particular sexual temptations.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
love vs. hate?
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
-- Elie Wiesel
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
sitting in church
-- W. Oscar Thompson Jr., Concentric Circles of Concern
Sunday, March 25, 2007
FAITH Free Lutheran Church
The guest musician with the trombone in the picture is my friend, Carolyn Mathieson; at the piano, Ruth Holmaas.
As the church's web site says: "Welcome Home -- to the Lutheran Church you remember -- to the Living Congregation you're looking for!"
If you are seeking for a conservative, traditional, pietistic approach to Lutheran worship, this may be the congregation for you. To check out their web site, click here.
Friday, March 23, 2007
-- Carl Sagan
Thursday, March 22, 2007
-- John Wooden
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
food for thought
"We proclaim the Gospel of what God has done and is doing in Christ, of the dignity of every human being, and of justice, compassion, and peace. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ there is no Jew or Greek, no male or female, no slave or free. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God's children, including women, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ's Church. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God's children, including gay and lesbian persons, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ's Church. We proclaim the Gospel that stands against any violence, including violence done to women and children as well as those who are persecuted because of their differences, often in the name of God. The (Primates') Communiqué is distressingly silent on this subject. And, contrary to the way (others) have represented us, we proclaim a Gospel that welcomes diversity of thought and encourages free and open theological debate as a way of seeking God's truth. If that means that others reject us and communion with us, as some have already done, we must with great regret and sorrow accept their decision."
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Can small be beautiful?
Monday, March 19, 2007
And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Isn't it a comfort to know that the Lord will reward us who seek him? Let us continue to seek him!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Are you listening?
-- Henry Blackaby
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Jesus said: "Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
-- Matthew 28:20
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
It was a blessing to attend Night Prayer at St. Matthew's yesterday evening. The following is one of the prayers from the service:
O God heal us.
We stumble in the darkness.
Light of the world transfigure us.
We forget that we are your home.
Spirit of God, dwell in us.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
Flow through our being and open our lips,
That our mouths may proclaim your praise.
Angels of God,
Guard us through the night
And quieten the powers of darkness.
Spirit of God,
Be our guide
Lead us to peace and to glory.
Praise to God who has created us,
Praise to God who has accepted us,
And praise to God who sends us into the world.
As it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
How do we deal with doubt?
-- Thomas Merton
Friday, March 09, 2007
-- Henri Nouwen Society
Thursday, March 08, 2007
God's art & Ivars' Birds
I hope that my growing experience in this field will encourage others with a similar inclination and that we will grow together sharing our experiences.
I will, of course, continue this blog and hope that you will visit both on a regular basis. You will find Ivars' Birds at: http://ivarsbirds.blogspot.com/
Be it a creation of lines and colors,
if it is not religious, it does not exist.
If it is not religious, it is only a matter
of documentary art, anecdotal art,
which is no longer art.
-- Henri Matisse
image of God
Whoever tortures a human being,
whoever abuses a human being,
whoever outrages a human being,
abuses God's image.
-- Oscar Romero, martyr
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
What is necessary for salvation?
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Second Sunday in Lent
2323 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
God of the covenant,
in the mystery of the cross
you promise everlasting life to the world.
Gather all peoples into your arms,
and shelter us with your mercy,
that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Labels: St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church
Saturday, March 03, 2007
end of tonight's total eclipse of the moon
will not shed its light.
mice are hungry also
images of your tumors
and images of your mice
that are bringing the land to ruin,
and you are to give honor
to the God of Israel;
perhaps he will lighten his hand
from upon you,
from upon your gods
and from upon your land.
I Samuel 6:5
Friday, March 02, 2007
and all those who love him.
So come to this table you who have much faith,
and you who would like to have more;
you who have been to this sacrament often,
and you who have never been or not been in a long time.
You who have tried to follow Jesus;
and you who have failed;
come, it is Christ who invites us to meet him here.
Thursday, March 01, 2007