May 26, 2015

Right and Left

Posted in contemporary, culture, history tagged , at 9:49 PM by alexlozada

Pertinent in reflecting on many social media posts over the Memorial Day weekend, my teammate Rob Kastens re-tweeted a link from Scot McKnight to Patheos.com’s Jesus Creed blog.

The article’s author, Allan Bevere, in turn cites James Hunter’s To Change the World.

Both Right and Left, then, aspire to a righteous empire. Thus, when he [Wallis] accuses Falwell and Robertson of being “theocrats who desire their religious agenda to be enforced through the power of the state” he has established the criteria by which he and other politically progressive Christians are judged the same (147)

Bevere’s conclusion:

Both the religious right and the religious left have their own brand of civil religion based on the same modern Liberal and individualistic assumptions. The religious right freely admits this.

It is time for the religious left to stop denying it and own up to the truth that they have the same agenda, though their issues are different.

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April 16, 2015

MCC on YouTube

Posted in contemporary, MCC resources tagged , at 3:20 PM by alexlozada

Staff teammate Rachel Hayes promoted MCC’s YouTube channel at monthly staff meeting, “YouTube is the second most widely used search engine [behind Google.com] … the more we watch and interact, the easier for others to find Mountain on YouTube.” Here is the subscription link

In the spirit of publicizing MCC’s growing social media presence, here’s my teammate and balae (Tagalog for in0law) Tom Moen on the work in Myanmar

April 13, 2015

An Illusion Christians Had

Posted in contemporary tagged at 10:38 AM by alexlozada

In the midst of MCC’s series “Dis-Illusioned” (seeing the truth behind illusions about Christianity), here is an article from a mainstream media source The Daily Telegraph (UK), “The Passion of Jesus Seems Much More Believable These Days” Charles Moore addresses an illusion that Christians have had about the interaction between their faith and the society around them:

But for Christians, the situation has become clearer, much closer to the one familiar to the founder of their faith. It was an illusion, though a pleasant one, that our social order was ever very closely related to the religion that seemed to uphold it. Now that the connection is almost completely severed, it is easier to see the faith for what it is – always despised and rejected, always virtually impossible to sustain, yet always reborn at Easter.