Preparing Clergy for War: Army Chaplains Train for Combat Zones

CNN: Fort Jackson, South Carolina (CNN) – The summer sun beats down on camouflaged Kevlar helmets.  Weighed down by heavy body armor, men and women of the cloth are crawling through sand, under barbed wire and learning how to run with soldiers. Explosions in woods simulate the battlefield as an instructor barks commands. “You are…

Your Kids Are OK With This Child Killer, Right?

On The Creative Minority Report: This just shows how little concern our culture has for children. A judge just said it’s all okey dokey if two kids live with a…child killer. Oh don’t freak out, she only killed the kids because she was stressed out at the time. The LA Times reports: She was a Brownie…

Gaddafi and the Bible

On the Bible Places blog: A headline in the Jerusalem Post catches my eye: “Libya interim rulers set Saturday ultimatum for Sirte.” The first paragraph identifies Sirte as Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown. The name sounds familiar and I turn to Acts 27:17 where it says of the sailors carrying Paul to Rome: “Fearing that they would…

ANC Youth League Riots

But then again, you reap exactly what you sow: The ANC has blamed its youth league for the “hooligan behaviour” by supporters of league president Julius Malema in Johannesburg’s CBD on Tuesday. At least one policeman and five journalists were injured when youths threw stones, set bins alight and burnt images of ANC leaders ahead…

NT Wright: How the Church of England Can – And Will – Endure

Well following on our previous post (Nearly a Third of Episcopal Parishes Expected to Close) is a far more optimistic opinion from across the pond from his Excellency the Right Reverend Professor NT Wright: Keep the faith. Though with a scornful wonder Men see her sore opprest, By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distrest, Yet Saints…