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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

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

New Website

I'm off to Austin for the rest of the week to meet with the people we'll be working with and train with the software we'll be using to redesign our webpage from scratch. Steve, Brett, and Alan will be weighing in with their thoughts and expertise. (Greg's on vacation ? yes, fishing.)

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

History Briefs

I love history and I enjoyed this interview with historian Larry Schweikarr. The sidebar at the end is interesting, too. Schweikarr argues that the Great Awakening laid a necessary foundation for the American Revolution.

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

"24" Moral Perspective

This won't make any sense unless you saw the season finale to "24" last night, so please excuse the rest of us for a moment. (And excuse yourself if you're waiting for the entire season on DVD.) I've written before that the reason I love "24" is because it's a smart, morally consistent show. There are objective moral values, and moral dilemmas abound. The intrinsic value of human beings is the consistent underlying theme of the disasters Jack Bauer is resolved to protect, and the key to the dilemmas of weighing lives in the balance.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | May 24, 2005

"Unpacking" the Emergent Convention

After a long 5 day trip to the Emergent Convention last week, I will try to unpack some of my thoughts and reflections throughout the coming week. Let me start simply with a list of observations. Of course, these contain some generalizations and do not apply to all in the Emerging Church (EC).

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | May 23, 2005

The Key EC Issues: Truth and Epistemology

I just returned from what is probably the most important session I've attended here at the Emergent Convention. The topic was truth. Our teachers, Todd Hunter and

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | May 20, 2005

What We Read

Many people ask us what books we suggest as a good basic education in apologetics and Christianity. Here's our new, updated list of essential reading and basic reading to build a good foundation for your faith and capability to defend your faith and values.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | May 20, 2005