Day: September 3, 2013

“Thanks for thinking about my soul…”

…or my middle-school-aged daughter feeling like she has to become a Christian because the other kids at lunch tell her she’s going to hell if she doesn’t. Do you have any suggestions for handling these issues without causing my children to be ostracized or suffer retribution from the teachers?

Syria conflict perspectives

Syria continues to dominate the news: Jonathan Merritt, on RNS, offers thoughts from three different Christian leaders In the National Catholic Reporter, Thomas Reese collects what moral theologians say about getting involved in Syria. Meanwhile, the United States Conference of Bishops has sent an Action Alert to urge Congress to “choose dialogue and diplomacy” in …

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Fundamentalism enters the church of baseball

… when Major League Baseball announced last week that it was planning to introduce instant replay to games, thereby allowing umpires to stop play after a difficult call and watch the whole thing again in slow-motion, all I could think, with a tinge of sadness, was that a new, especially virulent kind of fundamentalism had arrived in America’s First Church.