Elizabeth Scalia, over at First Things, has an outside-the-box reflection on the role gay and lesbian persons play in our shared humanity. A controversial article sure to provoke reaction, but she navigates it fairly well. Her scriptural references seem a bit off–she keeps referring to Jeremiah 29:11 (“I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper, and not fail”) as applicable to homosexuals, when the promise was directed to the Israelites alone.
Tobin Grant, over at Christianity Today, writes about “The Politics of Being a Good Christian,” where he explores the American political culture among Christians, showing how the faith of some Christians lead them to social conservatism (while voting Republican) while others are led to social justice (while voting Democratic).
Carolyn Arends, drawing inspiration from Eugene Peterson, argues that our hyper-busyness and need for productivity show that we our “spiritual sloths,” where we avoid quiet time with God in the name of getting things done. The check against busyness is spot-on, but one wonders if the American need for productivity can really be blamed on Sloth (Greed, Pride, Ambition seem much better candidates). Seems too clever by half.
Also, be sure to read Douglas Dobbins’ latest post in his series on the Lord’s Prayer.