Thursday, November 23, 2006

Christian Coalition: Poverty is not Our Issue

Joel Hunter, recently elected president of the Christian Coalition, resigned his position after the Christian Coalition board made it clear that poverty and climate change, issues Hunter wanted to focus on, were not their cup of tea. As Hunter recalled, the Board replied 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues, that's not our base."

Base? Usually you have to turn into some political gabfest to hear that term used to describe a group that provides your primary support. So does this make congregations the "base" of their pastors?


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"This Website is in Transition..."

"...therefore this website is in transition..."

I just thought that was a poignant referent to Ted's own life. Transition would be an understatement, wouldn't it? I suspect that Ted's old website was much like his previous life: full of accomplishments, opportunities, vision, and grandeur. Now he and his site are... "in transition."

Mrs. Zeke was reading to me last night from local police reports after we heard what we thought might have been gunfire on Sunday (turned out to be a brief shootout at the local Lowe's, nobody hurt). When she read the report of a sixteen year old girl who was killed in an automobile accident, I reflected on how any one of us could wake up in the morning and find out our lives would never be the same again... as is certainly the case for the family of that young woman. And for Ted Haggard and his family.

I guess we're always in transition, just sometimes more than others.