Why Christina Aguilera’s Flub Fascinates Us

As someone who offers up the high-wire act of public performance every Sunday, I have more sympathy than most for Christina Aguilera’s widely publicized flubbing of the national anthem at the Super Bowl. What appears so easy from the comfort of one’s...

Church Must Go on the Offensive Against Violence

The church shooting last Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., was a nightmare I have long feared. Churches, like schools, are easy targets for madmen wishing to inflict harm on defenseless people. Since the church shooting in Colorado last December, we have enhanced security...

Go to Church on Christmas Day

Amid all the hubbub about the “war on Christmas,” a much more disturbing story has largely escaped the public attention, or at least, the public debate. And that is the decision of a number of flagship mega-churches around the country to dispense with...

Praying About the Weather

As of this writing (Wednesday morning), Ivan the Terrible is about to land on the Gulf Coast and pummel its way northward. Along with everyone else, I am trying to anticipate the inevitable complications and possible peril this storm will bring. Shall we attempt to...

The DaVinci Code: Good Marketing, Bad Theology

Several months ago I read a novel entitled The DaVinci Code. It was a good read, if a bit far-fetched, but then this was fiction, or so I thought. Only later did I learn the book’s author considered the plot historically plausible. Recently, ABC presented a news...