Month: December 2012

A Response From @theIRD

The Institute on Religion & Democracy has broken their silence on the Newtown massacre.  Though, being generously fair, they responded on the night of the 14th. In an article posted on their blog – Juicy Ecumenism – Jeffery Walton reports the actions of the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, in the wake of the tragedy.

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A Christian Response to Newtown – #BBN

My colleague – @ejoelwatts – was on the fence, but I'll just call it a vodcast. In response to the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School – and the less-than-Christian responses to that tragedy – a few of my colleagues decided to offer the rational Christian response to the massacre. It's a bit rough and

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Mark Tooley, @theIRD, Silent on #SandyHook

Typically, I only mention The Institute on Religion & Democracy when I feel they have reacted to top stories or world events in a less than faithful and compassionate way. I have never brought their name up for nothing at all. Until now. The IRD typically jumps on a chance to include itself in the

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Now, I’m An Activist: A Passionate Parson Finds His Calling

I am passionate about the things in which I believe. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know that. What you also know is that I really only ever write about them. That changed on Friday afternoon. Just like you, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School saddened me in a way

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SERMON from 12-16-12: A Response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Psalm 126 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,*
 we were like those who dream. 
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
 and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
 ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 
3 The Lord has done great things for us,


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‘Carter’s Story’ (VIDEO)

I wanted to put a video together after our trip to Florida. Just as a way to say thank you for how much it meant that everyone did what they did for us in the last weeks of Carter's life. I never got around to it. This semester, I am taking a class called “Digital

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D’Souza Defiant Despite Disappointing Academy Dismissal

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will not be considering Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America for any awards this year. Critics are bashing the Academy’s decision as just more of the same “liberal political ideology” that always comes from Hollywood.  In an article from The Hollywood Reporter, D’Souza says: “I want to thank the

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Saint Nicholas Is Not Impressed

  Peter Enns of Patheos wrote an article with some interesting – yet, often overlooked – facts about Saint Nicholas. Contained on a card he got from his place of worship: Nicholas was born in the 3rd century in Asia Minor. He used his entire inheritance to help the poor, sick, and children in need. He gave in

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Moral Pipsqueak: Kevin Pavlischek Continues Screed Against ‘Evangelical Left’

  If you follow my blog, you know that I often take issue with the IRD.   Those who follow the United Methodist-affiliated Institute on Religion & Democracy know that one of their writers – Kevin Pavlischek – has had an insatiable appetite to assail the “Religious Left” for any and everything he can. His latest

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