Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday morning roundup

Appropriately, this roundup has a specifically Christian flavor to it.

John Ellis at PJ Media debunks four common reasons given for skipping church.

Dustin Siggins at The Stream on how thinking about the pizza-making process helped his prayer life.

Siggins again - this time at Hot Air - heaps effusive kudos on John Hawkins's book 101 Thinks All Round Adults Should Know, while pointing out its glaring shortcoming:

. . . the book barely addressed what every person, young or old, needs to know most of all: Christianity. While largely avoiding religion may make the book less “preachy” to younger Americans, without a religious and spiritual life no person can effectively apply the rest of the book’s advice. And given that the book is dedicated to preaching truth to power for young adults, not preaching on religion means most young adults will miss the most important truths of all.

Two good takes on The Message author Eugene Peterson's recent remarks on homosexuality:

Glenn Stanton at The Federalist

Owen Strachan at the Patheos Evangelical Channel. 

Jonathan Witt at The Imaginative Conservative on how ever-more scientific discovery does not "close the gap," that is, resolve our questions about reality in a materialistic way, but rather opens it wider and obviates the need for inclusion of divine presence in our collective accumulation of knowledge.


  1. Happy Sabbath to all! And if you are one of the minuscule relative number of remaining Orthodox Jews, apologies to you and all 7th Day Adventists, though it's relative to you 'cause that was yesterday and yesterday's gone, but don't worry, it's still so very late in the day and it's always 5 o'clock somewhere.

  2. Your links nail the Catholic church's positions. Nothing much has changed under Francis except he is big on mercy as was Jesus.

  3. Conservative convert Ross Douthit's column in Sunday's NYT recounts the recent demotion of 4 opposition cardinals but still only has the silly issue of divorced and remarried reception of the Eucharist to complain about and Francis has been silent on that lately. Other than proclaiming the primacy of mercy-heavenly and human, this Pope has changed nothing. Nada.

    1. But the # 1 reason for prayer, including communal prayer which is what church attendance is all about (though Jesus advised, some often prefer to use the word admonished) us to pray in private) is that it changes, not God, but us.