The term "Dunker" refers to an older name for the Brethren, taken from our practice of baptism by trine immersion [that is, baptizing by "dunking" three times under the water].
Monthly Archives: December 2003
FROM THE “ISLAM MEANS PEACE” DEPT.” Here’s what the paid mouthpieces of the Palestinian Authority have been saying since 2001. It’s hard to work up much sympathy towards the “Palestinians.” Within sermons, Jews are commonly referred to as the descendants … Continue reading
A SMALL OBSERVATION BY CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON SCORES a point against those who claim, “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.” Johnson points out that “Jesus never said anything about taking care of the environment.” On the main point of Jesus and … Continue reading
PEACE IS BREAKING OUT all over. All of a sudden, rebels in many conflicts around the world discovered that negotiation offered better prospects than did continued fighting. And so it came to pass that in the wake of September 11, … Continue reading
JAMES KUSHINER ASKS, Why can’t scholars read Christmas Gospels? It’s a good question. Many folks (such as related in the recent Newsweek article on the Bible) take the “popular” version of details as if it were the actual event, rather … Continue reading
I RECEIVED the following e-mail note apparently from a Nigerian official in Kano, regarding a news report on that Nigerian state requiring non-Muslim women to wear the Muslim hijab. It’s hard to discern authenticity, so I pass it own without … Continue reading
A BRETHREN PASTOR: That’s something we have to look at seriously as a nation, because when middle-class people can no longer afford health insurance, we’re in trouble. Hmmm. “Health insurance” is a fairly recent phenomenon, and plenty of “middle-class people” … Continue reading
NEWSLINE of December 19, 2003, gives details of arrangements or Annual Conference in 2004 at Charleston, West Virginia.
THE DIFFICULTY OF DEFINING “CONSERVATISM.” Joe Carter restates six essential principles of conservative thought, as distilled by Russell Kirk.
MATT POWELL REVIEWS The Purpose Driven Life. I’m fairly skeptical of books or programs that promise to “change your life!”
MICHAEL CRICHTON, author of Jurassic Park: Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look … Continue reading
READ HEBREW AMERICA is a campaign by the National Jewish Outreach Program for Jewish folks to learn basic Hebrew over the course of weeks. It would be a good thing for churches to offer similar kinds of courses in biblical … Continue reading
“THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE FROM THE OTHER RELIGIONS ARE GOING TO HELL just doesn’t make sense anymore.” Says who? The Christian faith has always been meeting folks from other religions, and has not cowered from saying, “You, too, must trust … Continue reading
SCHOLARS SEE Christian values in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” As James Taranto would ask, “What would we do without scholars?”
EVANGELICAL COLLEGES ARE GAINING in stature. Here’s a similar article with a Southern California take on the matter.
DANIEL PIPES LOOKS at totalitarian Islam. Many of the apologists for the previous major totalitarian scheme have also lined up to defend Islamism.
THERE’S POST-MODERN CHRISTIANITY, and now, apparently, there’s post-belief Christianity. The trouble with such formulations is that there cannot be “Christian practice,” without Christian belief on which to base such practice. In much of the New Testament (our rule of faith … Continue reading
ROGER AMES, an Anglican priest in Northeastern Ohio, says it fairly succinctly: There is one church that believes the church wrote the Bible, decided what was in the Bible, the church can rewrite the Bible. We don’t believe that. We … Continue reading
HERESY THREATENS the Church as much as ever, but we are afraid to do anything about it. It is known that the early Church was relatively diverse in belief and practice, but within defined and acceptable common boundaries established by … Continue reading
JOSH CLAYBOURN PONDERS myths about the search for knowledge. Some are apropos to the recent “evolution” discussion on VOS. Here are the myths: Thinking you know the truth is arrogant and intolerant. The important thing in life isn’t having truth, … Continue reading
FROM CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON: Just for a moment, assume that the liberals are absolutely and completely right. Assume that an openly-homosexual bishop and same-sex unions are the will of God and that people . . . have been granted a revelation … Continue reading
APPARENTLY, THERE’S BEEN too much dialogue going on (and much of it from an strongly evangelical perspective). Certainly, what’s really disturbing is how folks can have “closed minds” and “open spirits.”