Category Archives: Global Church

U2’s Christianity

u2Joshua Rothman writes in The New Yorker about the serious but sometimes hard to discern Christianity in U2’s song lyrics. “Song lyrics are endlessly interpretable,” he writes, “but, once you accept U2’s religiosity, previously opaque or anodyne songs turn out to be full of ideas and force.” The song “With or Without You” emerges as a meditation on the tough demands of authentic faith. “Until the End of the World” is a love song to Jesus sung by a remorseful Judas.

“The Church of U2,” by Joshua Rothman. The New Yorker, September 16, 2014.

Are We Being Persecuted?

Anti-ChristianKevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, writes about how we should define “Christian persecution,” and whether or not it applies to American evangelicals.

“Are Christians in America Persecuted?” by Kevin DeYoung. The Gospel Coalition, April 15, 2014.

Debating Income Inequality

RichAndPoorFour articles and two videos on income inequality, from various perspectives.

“The Last Communist City,” by Michael J. Totten. City Journal, Spring 2014.

“Liberty, Equality Efficiency,” by Paul Krugman. The New York Times, March 9, 2014.

“10 Problems with Obama’s Income Inequality Speech,” by Jennifer Rubin. Washington Post “Right Turn” blog, December 5, 2013.

“Four Big Conservative Lies About Inequality,” by Robert Reich. BillMoyers.com,  May 7, 2014.

Video: “Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell,” Chapter 4. Hoover Institution.

Video: “Margaret Thatcher on Socialism,” House of Commons, November 22, 1990.

Pope Francis and Kenneth Copeland Exchange Greetings

Vatican Pope Equatorial GuineaIn February, Pope Francis sent video greetings to a pastors convention hosted by charismatic preacher Kenneth Copeland in which he expressed his yearning for Christian unity. Dale Coulter points out the significance of a pope who identifies closely with Saint Francis’ life of  poverty reaching out in this way to a televangelist associated with prosperity theology.

“Pope Francis and the Future of Charismatic Christianity,” by Dale M. Coulter.  First Things, February 20, 2014.

 

Are Economic Issues Harder Than Social Issues For the Evangelicals and Catholics to Unite Behind?

Vatican Pope Equatorial GuineaRobert P. Jones writes, “At first glance, the link between evangelicals and Catholics seems like a political match made in heaven…. But the pope’s call for economic justice complicates the relationship, because it calls both Catholics and evangelicals to cooperation beyond a narrow band of cultural politics. It remains to be seen whether this evangelical flock will hear in Pope Francis’ broader message the voice of a shepherd they can follow.”

“Pope Francis’s Challenge to the Evangelical-Catholic Coalition,” by Robert P. Jones. The Atlantic, April 17, 2014.

The Fall of the Episcopal Church

Rob Kerby, Senior Editor at BeliefNet, tells the sad tale of the collapse of the Episcopal Church.  There are now 20 times as many Baptists as there are Episcopalians.  After spending $18 million in protracted lawsuits over the properties of seceding churches, the denomination’s own headquarters is up for sale because they can’t afford the upkeep.  For ‘equal time,’ Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori’s opening remarks at last months General Convention of the Episcopal Church at linked as well.

“Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?” by Rob Kerby.  BeliefNet.com, undated.

“Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori’s Opening Remarks.”  Episcopal News Service, July 4, 2012.

The Demographics of Faith and Ideology

Eric Kaufmann argues that population change is reversing secularism and shifting the ideological center of gravity to the right.

“The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think,” by Eric Kaufmann.  The American. American Enterprise Institute, May 8, 2012.

(Capitol Reading Group, May 18, 2012)

Charles Wendell Colson, 1931 – 2012

Thoughts on the life and impact of Chuck Colson, who was an inspiration and example to many in the Faith and Law community.  His book How Now Shall We Live? became the virtual manifesto of Faith and Law after it was published in 1999.  His Wilberforce Forum frequently teamed up with Faith and Law to sponsor events on the Hill.

“God’s Man,” by Emily Belz.  World Magazine, April 21, 2012.

“Setting Captives Free,” by Emily Belz.  World Magazine, May 5, 2012.

“Charles Colson Found Freedom in Prison,” by Michael Gerson.  The Washington Post, April 22, 2012.

An Atheist Defends the Judeo-Christian Ethic

In an essay Chuck Colson called “brilliantly argued” and “very, very important,” Michael Novak reviews Marcello Pera’s book Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians: The Religious Roots of Free Society.

“A Western Blueprint: An Atheist Defends the Judeo-Christian Ethic,” by Michael Novak. The Weekly Standard, October 24, 2011.  (Subscription required.)

Democracy’s Collateral Damage

Is the marginalization of Christians and other minorities an inevitable byproduct of the Arab Spring?  New York Times columnist Ross Douthat suggests that historical precedents indicate that may be the case.

“Democracy’s Collateral Damage,” by Ross Douthat.  The New York Times, October 15, 2011.