Joel Osteen Cuts To The Chase

Joel Osteen, a very successful mega-church pastor, is viewed as a lightweight by parts of the fundamentalist community.  They say he avoids important issues, like condeming gays to hell and making judgement calls on all manner of sin.  His feel good and stay positive attitude is not every Christian’s cup of tea. On the one…
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Believers, Can’t You Make This One Concession?

Much of what we believe, or do not believe, in the spiritual realm is about assumptions.   In my field of economics, there are too many things changing at once to track them all.  So, we use this latin phrase, ceterus parabus.  (I’ve heard that using more latin raises one’s pay–maybe that’s why we use it.)   It means that while…
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On Prayers At Government Functions, Let’s Compromise

We’ve just been through the High School Commencement season.  Some places there were public spats about prayers to Jesus.  There are several on going legal cases against prayers at city and county meetings.   One case in North Carolina has gone to court. There are what I call “prayer games”.  Pat Robertson’s Center for Law and Justice…
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Charles Colson: Now I Understand Why He Went To Prison

Charles Colson went to prison for illegal things he and others did during the Nixon Administration. While the tale is too long to tell again here, it had to do with Nixon and his staff becoming so convinced their political enemies were evil they could not comprehend the appropriate limits of retaliation. Colson went on to found Prison Fellowship.   You…
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Climate Change And Religion

The latest issue of Newsweek has a powerful article about climate change.  It points out that countries all over the world are treating it as a coming force while the U. S. is paralyzed from (a.) making infrastructure preparations for a warmer climate and  (b.) looking objectively at whether or not human activities are contributing to the problem. At the…
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