Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
You're watching too much TV if...
- You know all the names of the characters on "Desperate Housewives" but you can't name the thirteen apostles .
- You can guess ending of a "Boston Legal" episode, but you don't remember how the New Testament ends.
- Your cable bill each month is more than your contribution to your local church.
Supplementary reading: Stewardship of possessions
Monday, May 29, 2006
"Just as it is somewhat terrifying to realize that many people’s primary understanding of the final days of Christ, of the crucifixion and atonement, came to them courtesy of Mel Gibson, so is it equally frightening to think that perhaps The Da Vinci Code, in all of its mass-media splendor, may be some people’s foundation for understanding Church history or Christian belief." -- Mark Gudgel
Friday, May 26, 2006
But that's not all. Warmer air means less snow, including on snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. By 2020, Kilimanjaro could have a bare top, and that's just the good news, Harte says.
A related issue is soot (black carbon particles). Liquid and most solid aeosols actually cool the air mass under them, but soot soaks up heat and warms the air mass . Diesel engines produce soot. Outdoor fires produce soot. Global warming will increase the amount of wildfires. Many nations are trying to encourage use of diesel in vehicles.
Carbon dioxide is the number one cause of global warming, yet soot doesn't stay aloft as long as carbon dioxide. So reducing soot has a faster cooling effect, though CO2 emissions need to be reduced drastically. The Kyoto Protocol is a great step forward, but Kyoto ignores black carbon problems. Does anyone see the problem here? Is delaying action on climate change a foolhardy gamble?
"An Inconvenient Truth", a film about the impact of global warming, has started playing in select theaters. Watch for it in your area.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
So maybe "gimme that ol time religion" is more for singing than following?
Saturday, May 20, 2006
- Climate cycle matched to biblical prophecy
- Rare scrolls reveal early biblical writing
- Evidence of David and Golliath?
- Ancient prostitutes went unpunished
- John the Baptist cave part of complex
- St. Paul's tomb found?
- Shroud of Turin over 1,300 years old
- Young Jesus visage gleaned from shroud
- Seal may bear early image of Jesus
- Coptic texts give new twist on Jesus
- Catacombs links Judaism, Christianity
- Did monks dabble in Alchemy?
I hate to say it, but the Web site for the General Commission on United Methodist Men is a very old FrontPage style with hover buttons and slowly displays on my screen despite the cable modem's ample speed. Is this just one more indicator of not being "with it"?
- Read Rev. Hollon's Larry's blog article, "UMM and UMW"
Friday, May 19, 2006
So if you really want to avoid inappropriately using Christ as a last name, perhaps you could say, "Jesus the Christ".
Here are some favorite "ReligiToons":
Children's Ministry Magazine got over 2000 responses to a poll about the topic. Slightly less than half favored keeping children in the main worship, while a bit more than half preferred a separate worship experience for children.
Read opposing comments on "Where should Children Worship?" by two children's ministers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The QuizFarm site has an interesting theology quiz. I scored highest as an Emergent/Postmodern Protestant. Here's the description for that group:
You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.
What's your theological worldview?
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Do these really honor God? Read the whole " Indecent Exposure" article.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
- Heritage Sunday (the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church)
- Worship resources (GBOD)
- The evangelistic impact of Heritage Sunday
- 50th Anniversary resources - worship bulletin inserts (GCSRW)
- Worship planning helps for May 21, 2006
- Interview with Rev. Dr. Maud Keister Jensen, first UM woman to receive full clergy rights
- General Commission of the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW)
- Women Bishops in the United Methodist Church
- Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)
- Women in the Wesleyan tradition: A Bibliography (PDF file)
Friday, May 12, 2006
A big reason for shunning online sermons, some Pastors have told me, is that they fear that serving up Sunday sermons on the web just entices some people to skip attending church on a few Sundays when they might otherwise attend. To help lessen that temptation, Gateway waits a few weeks before adding the sermon online. On May 12th, the April 23rd sermon was the latest posted, for example.
Here's another thought -- people who'd skip church if the sermons were online might skip church anyway. In that case, having sermons online might just reach them with a spiritual message they'd otherwise miss. The up-side of adding sermons online is that the pastoral message reaches more people -- affects more lives. That's what the sermons is for, right?
In fact, consider adding a condensed sermon outline just above the text. It helps people mentally prepare to read the text. So don't hesitate -- archive those sermons online. Reach out into the world!
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Among other things, Mrs. Willing served as an officer in the Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. "In many ways, she was Methodism's Susan B. Anthony, and was certainly Evanston's and Illinois Methodism's most famous woman in history." [Quoted at "The Des Plaines Methodist Camp Ground", by CDCGA -- cached at Google].
The mini-bio in the magazine is topical and timely, since with Heritage Sunday 2006 on May 26th, the United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years of full clergy rights for women.
- Professor recovers lost history of American women evangelists
- Empowered foremothers
- Social Holiness in New York City (scroll down to see the brief entry about Jennie Fowler Willing.
Friday, May 05, 2006
This posting came from the "Alas! and did my Savior Blog?" blog, penned by a young man preparing to go into pastoral ministry in the UMC.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Canada says the link between human activity and global warming is undeniable . Furthermore, a recent poll shows that 71 percent of Americans also believe that global warming is for real. An even greater percentage, 75%, want more Federal action on global warming. They are even willing to sacrifice to do something about it.
What is your church doing to protect God's earth? Are you part of the solution?
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
You can always come to this blog's web page to read the posts. That's my personal preference. But if you start subscribing to a "bunch o' blogs", the number of new articles may get large. One way to manage scanning them for what you really want to read is to use a " Feed Reader", which I've mentioned in prior posts.
Blog readers (a.k.a. feed readers or RSS readers) come in two basic forms -- web-based and ones installed on your PC. The web-based variety involves setting up an account at Google, Yahoo! or similar wites, then adding blogs to track. You log onto the Web site to see new headlines from the blogs in your list. The local install method gives you a program. When you run the program, many of which look similar to MS Outlook, you "subscribe" to blogs. The program then pulls down information about the blog postings and you read as you like.
Here are a few recently touted feed readers (blog readers):
Monday, May 01, 2006
Americans strongly favor increased government aid to the poor. According to a July 2005 poll conducted by the Pew Forum and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 69% of Americans favor providing more generous government assistance to the poor.