Together for the Icons?

At the biennial Reformed gathering known as Together for the Gospel, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan asked Did the Fathers Know the Gospel? (hat tip: Justin). Rev. Duncan’s answer was an emphatic Yes.  “These are our people,” he asserted, proceeding to cite, nay, perform stirring passages . . . . Continue Reading »

The Value of Catechism

Michael Ives maintains a blog called “West Port Experiment.” It caught my eye some time back because of the emphasis on parish ministry. The title of his blog comes from the work of Dr. Thomas Chalmers, who tried to implement a parish model of church ministry in one of the worst slums of . . . . Continue Reading »

Demographics and the Scandal

In addition to Ken Woodward’s fine piece on the reporting of the Church scandals, there comes Philip Jenkins’ fascinating relating of demographics to the reaction in Europe : Most evidence suggests that the Church will endure and even enjoy a historic boom—just not in places it has . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Empire Beats Godfather

David : I thought the list was actually pretty good, though I agree that the order is ridiculous. Here is how I would rank those films: 1. The Godfather Part II (1974) 2. Toy Story 2 (1999) 3. The Dark Knight (2008) 4. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 5. Terminator 2 (1991) 6. . . . . Continue Reading »

Be Careful What You Wish For

Over at Reason , Andrew Potter has a fine piece about the tenth anniversary of Naomi Klein’s book No Logo . The book was intended to be an unsparing attack on branding and consumerism—and instead (as the always useful Arts & Letters Daily puts it) the book “became a research bible . . . . Continue Reading »

Mojave Cross

I wanted to say something about the legal case of the Mojave Cross , which has now been decided by the Supreme Court as not a violation of the establishment clause. But I couldn’t, for the life of me, draw any conclusion from the incredible mishmash of the opinions. This particular cross is . . . . Continue Reading »

Abortion Under the New Health Care Plan?

I thought President Obama’s executive order was supposed to eliminate the promotion of abortion by the new health-care bill? Comes this line , in the Detroit News : An early sign of health care reform’s impact is Planned Parenthood’s decision to open a new Oakland County clinic . . . . Continue Reading »