Groups Rally Against Darfur Genocide

“Save Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide” is sponsored by a coalition of 150 religious and human rights groups, including American Jewish World Service, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Council of Churches and the American Society for Muslim Advancement (Newsday)”

It’s great that so many different groups are trying to unite for this.

Rabbi Enters Falwell's Bastion And Issues Plea for Tolerance

Is Jerry Falwell becoming Emergent?

Probably not, but you have to admit, bringing a liberal rabbi to his school is quite the off-speed pitch.

Groups Plan Rally on Mall To Protest Darfur Violence

“An unusually broad coalition of 164 humanitarian and religious groups, including Amnesty International and the National Association of Evangelicals, is planning a huge rally Sunday on the Mall to call for intervention to end the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region.

With the added draw of celebrity speakers such as actor George Clooney and Olympic speedskating gold medalist Joey Cheek, organizers expect tens of thousands of people to converge on the District…”

Furrowed Brows Inc. – "The Culture War's Biggest Casualites Might Be Christian Joy and Hope by Andy Crouch

This was a cool moment for me.
I was reading this article, agreeing with it, then I realized that I knew the unmentioned people he was speaking of as I too have sat in their living room discussing these very isues.

That aside, I appreciated Andy’s tone. Good read.

don't call me Veronica: non-partisan christianity?

non-partisan christianity from don’t call me veronica?

Check out Tony Campolo on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report.

Though Campolo is “hit or miss” for me, I liked what he said on the Colbert Report though. Glad this was posted.

A Collision of LIfe and Death by Russ Breimeier

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Though I don’t know Kyle Lake and his young family, I too was very upset by this tragic accident this past fall. He was a talented young pastor, writer, and all his friends had great esteem for him. This interview is with David Crowder, one of my favorite musicians, a worship leader who understands both the heart of worship and great music. His style is considered a little too heavy for church but I think that’s why it is so loved. The Crowder band led worship at Kyle’s church, (University Baptist, Waco, TX) and apparently this is David’s first interview since the tragedy of his friend.

“Things started off well in 2005 for the David Crowder Band, which got its start as the primary worship band for University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. In September they finalized A Collision or (3+4=7), which released to strong reviews—it earned high placement on our year-end Best Albums list. Soon after, the band embarked on a headlining tour. And then tragedy hit: Kyle Lake, the band’s friend and pastor at UBC, was electrocuted and killed while adjusting a microphone during a baptism. It was hard enough for Crowder and his buddies to be away at such a difficult time, asking all sorts of challenging questions in light of it. What’s more, A Collision was created as a worshipful response to death—before Lake’s passing. After months of silence on the subject, Crowder was gracious enough to share some thoughts about his friend’s death, and the role Lake played in the album’s creation.”

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Though a couple of days late, I’ve been catching up on some reading and was moved by this.

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

“In 2006, Monday, April 24th marks the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. More than 1.5 million Armenians died in this period.

On Sunday, April 23rd a special Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Vartan Cathedral followed by a blessing of Madagh.

Please see the Diocesan Calendar for other special events to remember Armenian Martyrs Day.

Send a commemorative e-card to remind others of this important day. You are also invited to light a candle online in memory of a loved one or for other intentions and to post the names of your loved ones who died or survived the Genocide on our online Memory Wall. The Diocese also invites survivors of the Genocide to share their experiences; selected experiences will be posted in this section.

Useful resources found on this site and on other websites to educate yourself and your children about the terrible genocide the Armenian people survived…”

A Brief Overview of the Armenian Genocide

Should Christians Boycott The Davinci Code?

Boycott? No! Let’s JIHAD it!

My real opinion is that if your convictions feel that you should not see it. Don’t see it.
Want to see it, go ahead. There’s a lot hype around it, maybe you will find yourself in a conversation about it. I am passionate about what I believe but my personal evangelism is not resting on the movie theater. I believe we ought to be relevant and be faithful. See it and don’t want to talk about it, that’s fine too. Again, I believe that we ought to be faithful in the opportunities that we are given, it’s not going to rise and fall on The DaVinci Code.

A Greater Miracle: Jesus Walked On Ice

See, there’s always a rational explanation to these things. This report came out a couple of weeks ago. I guess I am naive, but I didn’t think anyone would take it seriously. I guess I naively underestimated the gullibility of others. That’s ok. I beleive in free will. Anyone has the freedom to believe this or anything. (Doesn’t mean they are right, or even smart but truth isn’t partial to the intelligent – it’s given to those that discover it).

Back to subject – this is similar to the “hovering theory” that I made up 3 minutes ago. Maybe Jesus invented minuature hoever-craft sandals that created the illusion of walking on water. Or the “suspension theory” that I made up two mintues ago. That one is fellow conspirator Judas holding Jesus up with fishing wire. Where was Judas? Take your pick, on the second floor of the fishing boat, in the helicoptor, on Superman’s back, there’s gotta be a rational explanation.

Ridicoulous right? How about believing that an entire lake of water became ice in a desert climate. Furthermore, a group of men, several of whom work on the water as fishermen decide to go out into a sea of ice!

Sure walking on water is unrealistic and takes faith to believe. That’s exactly why it’s called a miracle. But when conisdering that the Christian belives that Jesus is the Son of God, I am not sure which of these above options takes more faith to believe.

Reflecting on "God or the Girl"

First, I didn’t think I would be interested in this show but I caught all the epsiodes this weekend and watched the finale last night (Sunday). Three out of the four men decided not to become priests.

Though I find most of the the idea of reality tv exploitative, it was a decent show. This is probably the first reality show where I actually felt a great deal of sympathy for each character. Although at times, they were a little too cliche, that could be the problem with the medium. Personally, I know I am unable to quantify all of my thoughts, nor could I make it interesting enough for television.

My reaction after watching the show is, “This is why I am Protestant”.
I have some theological issues with the Catholic Church, but I also have a great deal of respect for them as well. And as a brother in Christ, I feel for them because they are missing out on great men by not allowing their priests to get married.