Over the weekend, I took care of some housecleaning here at "Frankly Speaking." There are some new "Bloggers I Like" listed in the sidebar. Welcome, Wade Tannehill, Bobby Valentine, Matt Dabbs, and Royce Ogle! And thanks for your patience.
I also deleted a couple of links, not because I don't like those bloggers anymore, but because they're no longer at it; at least not there. I'll be rearranging and adding to my list again. Before that though, I'll have to correct the links to Dee Andrews and Greg Newton.
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Earlier this month, I mentioned the new book by Stephen Prothero, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- And Doesn't (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007). Recently, Prothero talked with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show." You can see the interview here.
One of the neat things about being a Bible Chair director is that the major publishers send you their academic catalogs. So I get to keep up with books that are soon to be published. Decisions, decisions.
A few days ago, I was raving about Marilynne Robinson's novel, Gilead. Because I didn't know it at the time, I failed to mention that the book won a Pulitzer Prize. You can find out more about Robinson and Housekeeping, the book that began her fame, here.
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About my previous post, which was about Lenten observance among people in Churches of Christ: Without condemning the practice of Lent (far from it), I do think that questions like this one reflect a much larger set of issues that Churches of Christ seem unwilling to grapple with as we should.
If in the space of my short lifetime a certain practice has gone from being openly condemned to openly embraced by at least some in my group, I naturally wonder, "What changed, and why?"
Mine is essentially the same question raised by the headline of this month's issue of the Christian Chronicle, "Churches face 'identity crisis." You can read the article here.