Archive for: November, 2008

WEEKEND INSPIRATION – Tony Campolo Talks about a Birthday Party He Threw

  Tony Campolo discusses the kind of a church that Jesus came to create.   "We have to bring more than bread and clothes.  We need to bring love and joy into their lives."

 
 

Double Standards? – Supreme Court to hear two religious groups battle over monument

PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH – The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear an argument where two religious groups are fighting over whether one or both of them have the right to have their viewpoint heard. Summum, a small religious group wants to erect a monument on public land listing of the "Seven Aphorisms," but conservative Christian groups oppose it on the basis that it does not reflect their traditional values. The small plot of land already has a 10 comandments monument that has been there since 1971.

 
 

Barack Obama on Religious Tolerance and Persecution

Obama: Over time, what we are doing is setting up new norms and creating a universal principle that people's faith and people's beliefs have to be protected.

 
 

Weekend Inspiration – "Tears of the Saints" – Leeland

A video produced as part of the formation of the foundation Blessings Under the Bridge, serving the homeless in one local community.  What can you do where you are?

 
 

Calif. gay marriage win emboldens coalition of religious groups (AP)

The plan is to mobilize the same religious factions that joined forces in California to deter lawmakers from "taking on this divisive social issue while we are in the middle of a huge financial crisis," Gallagher said.

 
 

OPINION – President Obama: Bad News For the New Atheists and Other Fundamentalists (Frank Schaeffer – Huffington Post)

Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President elect Obama's ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.

 
 

OPINION – President Obama: Bad News For the New Atheists and Other Fundamentalists (Frank Schaeffer – Huffington Post)

Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President elect Obama's ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.

 
 

Tight California Prop. 8 race closely watched (AP)

The race has tightened over the past six weeks and is expected to be close. A Field Poll released Friday found 49 percent of likely voters oppose the ban and 44 percent favor it. In mid-September, the measure was losing by 17 points.

 
 

The loser in this election is religion. (AP)

With a few exceptions, whatever seemed odd or fringe trumped serious discussion about how candidates' religious beliefs shape their approach to governance.