Union Theological Seminary, Glenn Beck, and Fascism

Union Theological Seminary, home of Dr. James Cone, has had a hey day in the wake of Glenn Beck’s attack on social justice and black liberation theology. I’m not the biggest fan of Glenn Beck, but I certainly don’t think he’s all wrong. So when I read this interview over at Religion Dispatches between a... Continue Reading

Taxation Tuesday: The Proposed PCA Tax is Contrary to BCO 25-8 (Part 1)

…a penalty of revoking any privilege involves a violation of the “free and voluntary” principle. This is contrary to our Constitution. The PCA General Assembly has approved a proposed amendment to the Book of Church Order that will institute a tax on all churches and ministers to pay for the work of the Administrative Committee’s... Continue Reading

Note to perplexed reader

A preplexed reader called our office a few minutes ago looking for part one of an article – since his phone did not register on our caller ID, I thought I’d try to respond with this note. The reason you could not find another article in the magazine listed as Part One of Marshall St.... Continue Reading

The Roots of White Anxiety

The most underrepresented groups on elite campuses often aren’t racial minorities; they’re working-class whites (and white Christians in particular) from conservative states and regions …Last year, two Princeton sociologists, Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, published a book-length study of admissions and affirmative action at eight highly selective colleges and universities. Unsurprisingly, they found that... Continue Reading

Liberation Theology and the Ecumenical Movement

The year 2010 has a number of significant markers in the life of the institutional ecumenical movement (as opposed to the kind of “mere” ecumenism or “ecumenism in the trenches” experienced by Mere Comments readers). Last month saw the 100th anniversary of the Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. It also saw the formation of a new... Continue Reading

Coming to a Doctor’s Office Near You? The New Abortion StrategyComing to a Doctor’s Office Near You? The New Abortion Strategy

Warren Buffett contributed $3 billion to the foundation, and most of the foundation’s spending goes to “abortion and contraception advocacy and research.” The tragedy of abortion remains one of this nation’s greatest reasons for shame, and the fact that over a million abortions are performed each year is nothing less than horrifying. In light of... Continue Reading

A Hope for Prodigal People – “On to Hagar’s sons and daughters! Give them life and calm their troubled souls with the blood of Jesus which has covered our own sins.”

I believe that the Gospel will reach the Muslim people and release them from a legacy of pain and anger, and from the anger against them. I believe that many of Abraham and Hagar’s sons and daughters will be constrained with the compelling love and deep-healing grace of Jesus Christ our Lord. I believe that... Continue Reading

The Alien Among Us: A Conservative Christian Perspective

So, what should we do? It is clear that neither amnesty alone nor increased enforcement are wise options to solve the immigration problem Clear solutions to the immigration conundrum are difficult to arrive at. What we can get at, however, is a broad set of principles (which some Christian conservatives have a difficult time grasping)... Continue Reading

A Wonderful Education

Writing for outlets like the Washington Post leads to lots of interesting email. Some critics claim that my job as an educator at a religious institution is hopelessly impractical and a bad deal for my students EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong about the New Atheism... Continue Reading

Looking Back To The Fathers of the PCA: Address at Presbyterian Journal Day August 1967

From the blog of Andrew Barnes: There are many questions circulating out there by some elders of the PCA concerning the future of our denomination. I believe it a good thing to look back at some of the writings of the fathers of our denomination as they were nearing the end of the PCUS and... Continue Reading