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Review of “The Adjustment Bureau”

The Man vs. The Plan Walk down any street in London and you will be caught on camera. Why? Because there are half a million cameras to make sure that Big Brother is watching you, making certain that every move you make is according to plan. This week the movie The Adjustment Bureau fixed itself […]

What hath Jerusalem to do with Palo Alto?

Submitted by Dr. Brian J. Lee of Christ Reformed Church in Washington, D.C. The May 16th New Yorker (behind firewall) delivers “The Facebook Sonnet,” a delightful poem by Sherman Alexie, which captures the anomie of “the endless high-school reunion” that is Facebook. Interesting that for Alexie the desire to “exhume, resume, and extend Childhood” ends […]

“Real-World” Church

SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World by Douglas Estes Zondervan, 2009 256 pages (paperback), $16.99 In his book SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, Douglas Estes gets defensive about an accusation that no one seems to be leveling. I, for one, was only peripherally aware of the “virtual world” before picking up Estes’ book. […]

The Mediator is the Message

Is the Christ in which the church has put its faith the same person as the Jesus who really lived? Some theologians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have said “No.” They claim that the real “Jesus of History” differs greatly from the church’s “Christ of Faith.” Some make this pronouncement with glee. So much […]

No Nation Under God

Guest post by Jason Stellman In her Newsweek article titled “One Nation Under God,” Lisa Miller reports that President Obama met with a team of moderate Christian leaders in Washington on November 30—among them Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo—for the purpose of articulating “a vision of Christianity that will counter a new—and newly powerful—religious-right rhetoric […]

This is not your neighbor’s “Youth Group”

The following is by Rev. Michael Brown, pastor of Christ URC in Santee, CA and is used with his permission. Rev. Brown blogs at The Blog of Christ URC The only “youth program” your kids need: some thoughts on family worship and catechesis When my wife and I were introduced to Reformed Christianity, one of […]

In Defense of Monotheopolies

In a recent radio broadcast, The Onion news correspondent Doyle Redland reported that US Circuit Court Judge Charles Elliot Schofield has “ordered God to break himself up into several less powerful deities.” saying that his “stranglehold” on the religious industry “is ‘blatantly anti-competitive’ and ‘in violation of anti-monopoly laws.’”  Redland was present at a press […]

Days of Disappointment

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported last July that a local woman had placed ads on ten bus-stop benches alerting passersby that Jesus Christ will return to earth on May 21, 2011. The woman is a believer in the eschatological calculations of one Harold Camping, the 89-year-old preacher behind “worldwide Christian ministry” Family Radio, whose analysis […]

The Cult of Personality

The following is by Rev. Kevin Efflandt, pastor of Zion URC in Ripon, CA and is used with his permission.  Rev. Efflandt blogs at Confessions of a Confessional Rev. This morning, I came across something on Facebook that caught my attention. It was a Christian radio station in a place that I formerly lived, asking […]