Russell D. Moore, over at the Christian Post, asks a provocative question: “Should We Marry If We’re Theologically Divided?” As illustration, he explores the relationship of Calvin, a Reformed dispensationalist fundamentalist (!), and Aimee, a Pentecostal.
VirtueOnline reposts a Daily Mail article reporting on priest Patrick Richmond’s observation that the Church of England could be “extinct in 20 years” due to aging congregations.
Christianity Today reports on a new trend in church scandals: Pastors resigning or taking leaves of absences not because of sex or money troubles, but because of pride. The list of pastors taking a leave of absence includes John Piper.
Charles J. Chaput, over at First Things, discusses the nature of Catholic social work, arguing that the church’s work in its communities transcends mere “do-goodism.”
Speaking of do-goodism, progressive pastor Jim Wallis has rounded up a number of Christian clergy to present an open letter to the U.S. Congress, which states that politicians’ arguments regarding the debt ceiling is not taking into consideration the plight of the poor. Wallis manages to avoid boiler-plate political barbs, but there is still something frustrating about his position — after all, the main issue Congress is arguing about is whether to take on more debt in order to continue paying their old debts (the Bible, incidentally, does not approve of debt, often because it prevents an individual or community from giving alms to the poor). Budget cuts to welfare programs for the poor are not being explored, but rather cuts to middle class entitlements such as social security and Medicare (even then, proposals center on the reform of the programs, not absolute cuts). Wallis has always been a fan of the church entering into the political fray (unlike this blog), but it seems he illustrates the reason why the church’s public ministry needs to be very cautious — and informed.