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There's been a lot of worry since the last election over the "religious right" establishing a theocracy. But do we ever worry over the establishment of an atheocracy (as in atheist)? Frank Beckwith has started Atheocracy Blog. His mission for this blog:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 21, 2005

Father of the Year

I was thinking this morning about Father of the Year awards, it being Father's Day. In a way, (and by no means am I criticizing these awards) I thought they do a disservice because they usually recognize the extraordinary, and being a good father is really about the ordinary: being good, decent, and involved with your kids.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2005

Atrophy of Compassion

I found this comment at Southern Appeal in response to the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy very well put: "A person with a 'profoundly atrophied' brain needs profound care and love. Terri did not die from an atrophied brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion on the part of her estranged husband and those who helped him to have her deliberately killed."

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Different but Equal

Did you know that this is national marriage month? I didn't. But Marvin Olasky does and has written an interesting article on what the Bible teaches about marriage and the roles of husband and wife. Olasky draws a complementarian model from the Bible rather than the egalitarian model prominent in our culture, and he points out that this has many implications for the roles of husband and wife.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

On Destructive Biotechnologies, We Agree with Feminists and Environmentalists

Another insight from today's Biotech Century Conference: Christians can use biotech issues to build common ground with some (perhaps) unlikely allies. For example, some feminists oppose human cloning because of its impact on a woman's health.

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

The Biotech Century ? Conference Today (So Cal)

Later today, I?ll be blogging from The Biotech Century, a conference hosted by Saddleback Church to help Christians respond to biotech issues like cloning, reproductive technologies, and euthanasia. Stay tuned. And if you're in southern California, why don't you try to catch one or both of the sessions (morning at 10 AM and evening at 7 PM)? You can find all of the details here.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 14, 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

Citizen Heroes

I mentioned yesterday that I'm reading David McCullough's newest book 1776 and The Washington Times carries a short interview with him. It's interesting to read a book focused just on one year in the American Revolution. McCullough explains why he chose that year:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 8, 2005