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My Crystal Ball Looks Like a Mirror

Over at CNN, they’ve compiled a list of predictions by various religious leaders of what will happen as 2011 enfolds. While each prediction seems to be made in good faith, the collection of them read side-by-side unwittingly reveals just how narcissistic each guess really is. Each leader believes the future will bring something good for […]

The F-Word

The word “Fundamentalist” has become the new “F-word” in many parts of American Society. Nobody wants to be called a “fundamentalist” because that is to associate yourself with crazy people like Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones or Islamic Terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Over the last 100 years the word “fundamentalist” has gone through four major transformations […]

The Incredible Shrinking WASP

“The Triumphant Decline of the WASP” reads the title of a provocative recent piece in The NY Times by Noah Feldman, which boldly argues that the now Protestant-less composition of the Supreme Court  represents a victory of establishment virtue. And by “establishment,” Feldman is referring specifically to White Anglo Saxon Protestants (WASPs). Needless to say, […]

Grace For The Lockerbie Bomber

On December 21, 1988 Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, including all of the passengers and 11 people on the ground. It was a remarkably long time until authorities arrested their suspect, Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. When finally jailed on Jan 31st, 2001, Mr Megrahi received a sentence […]

Indulgences Return – From the NY Times

I read this yesterday and was surprised that no one had posted it yet… As a Lutheran, I’m obviously not a fan of indulgences; I don’t know of any biblical evidence to support this practice. Some excerpts from the NY Times article are below. According to church teaching, even after sinners are absolved in the […]

The Vatican Forgives John Lennon…Finally

Good news Beatles fans! It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Yesterday the Vatican announced that John Lennon was forgiven for his comment in 1966 that The Beatles were more famous than Jesus. It seems the artist’s death 28 years ago and 42 years of reflection have granted the Vatican the perspective to […]

Who’s on first, second, third?

I came across the following New York Times article today: “Koreans Agog as Off-Screen Soap Becomes Courtroom Drama.” Being of Korean descent, it captured my attention immediately. The article details the affects of the South Korean adultery law, “which prohibits extramarital affairs and can land those found guilty in prison for up to two years.” […]