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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

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

Sowing and Reaping

Sow a thought, and you reap an act. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. --Charles Reade, 19th Century

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

The Biotech Century: So Cal Conference on 6/14

On June 14, The Center for Bioethics and Culture and Saddleback Church are sponsoring a FREE conference called "The Biotech Century." Nigel Cameron is the featured speaker during two sessions: Morning (10 AM-12 PM): Life and Death in the Balance It looks like this session will be focused on the significance of the Terri Schiavo case and how we should respond. Evening (7-9 PM):

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 1, 2005

The Skepticism of Brian McLaren

As I have been reading more of McLaren, I have found a repeated theme: we ought to jettison the over-confident rationalism of modernity and affirm a number of postmodern insights. Specifically, in the book The Church on the Other Side, (p. 172), he calls us to affirm "an appropriate humility" and "a healthy skepticism."

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | May 31, 2005

Every Worldview Needs a Good Story

The recent debate over evolution among Kansas school authorities has proponents of evolution attempting to redefine science to exclude any form of intelligent design. It reminds me how desperate naturalists are to ensure their story of creation wins. Naturalism needs evolution to be true. Why? Evolution is naturalism's creation story and every worldview needs a creation story to be considered credible. Without it, naturalists are left without an explanation of how life on earth emerged.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | May 31, 2005