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The Family Business: Instilling Virtues

I just finished reading an impressive feature article in Newsweek on multi-generational military families who are currently actively engaged in the war. The main thing that I drew from what the families said was the sense of virtue - honor, courage, and honesty - that is part of the fabric of military life. The pride the parents found in their children was drawn from their exhibition of virtues.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Meaningful Worship

World Magazine reports on the new CD by the band Jars of Clay that updates the tunes of traditional hymns specifically because the words are so much more meaningful with much more depth than most contemporary worship songs.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | June 14, 2005

Being Generous: Acts 4: 32-37


Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | June 9, 2005

The Rise of the Evangelicals

"Evangelical" is a Christian label tossed around so often that I think it's become fairly useless because it's so indistinct. I'm never quite sure what it means to the person using it except that it's supposed to be a label of approval kind of like "born-again" became in the 70s: "I'm not that kind of Christian, I'm this kind of Christian."

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | June 9, 2005

What's Right in Our Own Eyes

Religious arguments for abortion. Sound like an oxymoron? Unfortunately, not. And the religious arguments I've heard are among the worst and most pathetic. Chuck Colson quotes from a new book about clergy stories about abortion:

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 8, 2005

Anti-intellectual Churches

What happens if it turns out that your church is not very receptive to your interest in the life of the mind as a Christian? Don't make it your goal to change your church, at least not initially. Rather, have a goal to establish a beach-head by assembling a stable group of Christians who value the life of the mind. Your group can then be a catalyst influencing other things happening in the church.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | June 7, 2005

"We're Right and You're Wrong. Why? Because We Said So!"

Doesn't this sound like a group of elementary school kids arguing about a bad call in dodge ball? It's not. It's the American Psychological Association (APA) telling the public that homosexuality is normal and doesn't need to be treated. Now that's a fair claim, but what is the evidence they offer?

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 3, 2005

It's Not Always Bad to be Pro-choice

Do you believe in the freedom to choose? I'm talking about the freedom to choose to begin reparative therapy for a homosexual. Reparative therapy is a treatment offered to individuals with unwanted homosexual desires. It has been hotly criticized by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, and many other organizations.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 2, 2005

Just a Matter of Power?

Something I heard said by one of the Emerging Church representatives at the Biola conference is a theme drawn from postmodernism. While the EC is not necessarily postmodern, some thinkers and writers are significantly influenced by this philosophy.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | May 30, 2005

Is Reformation Always Good?

JollyBlogger has a very insightful essay on the question of reform movements in the church, and the Emergent Church's reform movement in particular. He considers a very helpful distinction between "going farther up and further in" to understand and experience Christianity more deeply, and movements that encourage a change of direction.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | May 29, 2005