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Archive for January, 2011

-Breaking the Division Between the ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Secular’

Monday, January 31st, 2011

(Photo: The Christian Post) Here’s a link to a Christian Post article which explores some themes that I believe are critical for any kind of cultural revival of the American and Western church: “Tim Keller: Spiritual and Secular Jobs are God’s Work” Here’s the opening line: Pastor Tim Keller challenged a crowd of New York […]

-What are the Egyptians Thinking?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

(Image by Getty Images via @daylife) UPDATE: Today by all reports Egypt is in chaos, Mubarak’s family has fled the country, there’s looting everywhere, the police have given up and are just protecting their own, and tanks are roaming the streets of Cairo but there are reports that some of the Egyptian army and officers […]

-Middle East Crisis Continues: Now Jordan Under Pressure

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Friday after services is always a good time for marches and protests. From all reports this day could be a turning point one way or another in the Middle East. Egyptian authorities have tried to shut down the Internet since the government opposition has been using Twitter and Facebook to hand out ‘marching orders’. Now […]

-Movie Review: “Cutback”

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

*Coming Soon: on April 5th from Skipstone Pictures; Directed by: Lance Bachelder & Johnny Remo; Cast: Justin Schwan (Luke Harris), Angel Cruz (Casey), Kelsey Sanders (Emily), Danny Smith (Youth Pastor- Shane), Andy Shephard (Matt), Raquel Gardner (Mom), Greg Carlson (Dad), Jessie Nickson, Matt Beacham, Christopher Michael, Ed Morgan. **Awards: Peoples Choice Award: Best Feature Film […]

-Middle East in Crisis: Yemen Joins Tunisia and Egypt

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

(Image via Wikipedia) Thousands are marching in anti-government rallies today in Yemen joining Tunisia and Egypt as Muslim countries in crisis. Add to that the recent government dissolution in Lebanon and the inability for the Iraqis to form a new stable government plus the continuing transformation of Turkey from a secular Euro leaning country towards […]

-9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Hiring Rights of Christian Charity

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

( by Zooomabooma via Flickr) Today (1/25/11) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rights of Religious non-profit organizations to hire people who share their same faith and a prescribed set of beliefs. Here’s an official statement by World Vision concerning today’s action: World Vision applauds today’s action by the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

-40,000 March for Pro-Life in San Francisco

Monday, January 24th, 2011

(Image-Christian Post) Around 40,000 folks participated in a 2.5-mile march for Pro-Life walk along the waterfront in San Francisco on Saturday (1/22/11).  It was the 7th annual Walk for Life West Coast which was held on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that legalized abortion. The Walk for Life […]

-2nd Grade Teacher Suspended Because of ‘Sex in the Classroom’?

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

(Image via Wikipedia) A 2nd grade teacher at Markham Elementary School in Oakland was suspended because of reports of sex taking place in the classroom. Usually when a teacher is suspended for sex it is because they participated in sexual acts with a student but not so in this case. According to the shocking report […]

-Russian Believers Take an Ice-Cold Dip For Jesus

Friday, January 21st, 2011

On January 19, Orthodox Christians all over Russia took a traditional dip in ice-cold water to celebrate Epiphany –the day in the Orthodox Church calendar set aside to commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. In Russia, Orthodox believers traditionally mark the occasion by plunging into a river or […]

-Are We Losing the War of Ideas to Radical Islam?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

(Image by zz77 via Flickr) Here’s an fine article by Sol W. Sanders: “Losing the war of ideas to radical Islam” Mr. Sanders puts forth the idea that the West is substantially losing the ‘war of ideas’ among Muslims to radical Islam even if the shooting war in Iraq and Afghanistan seems to be somewhat […]