J. Gordon Melton is an American author, theologian, and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion. Currently, he’s the Distinguished Professor of American Religious History with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he resides.
The author of more than 45 books, Melton is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of world religions, religious traditions in America, and his research into cults and extremely unusual religious groups. “It’s my little niche,” Melton said.
“In 1900 there were 330 different religious groups,” Melton observed. “Now, there are over 2,000, and I find every one of them incredibly interesting.” Here are a few of the more unusual. Continue reading
The Church of England, according to a report by The Telegraph, appears ready to condemn so-called “controversial cures” and therapy for homosexuals. This follows a recent statement by Prime Minister, Theresa May, saying they could be banned.
“The General Synod will vote on a motion to endorse a statement by psychology experts that conversion therapy, which uses methods including prayer and aversion therapy in an attempt to stop people being homosexual, is ‘unethical, harmful and not supported by evidence’”. Continue reading
Last week while returning home alone from Lafayette, Louisiana (Yes, I left Norma Jean to enjoy our new granddaughter), I was listening to music, reading road signs and generally anything to stay mentally alert.
Somewhere along I-20, I noticed this billboard with a great message.
“Some say it’s generational, the tolerance of young people for same-sex marriage and so many other social issues,” wrote Cal Thomas in today’s transcript. However, Thomas thinks it’s something else.
The conservative Columnist opines “it is a falling away from the notion of objective Truth.” I believe Thomas is right. And it’s something gospel preachers have been saying for years.
Last year I heard 3 High School Students participate in a speech contest for our local Rotary Club. Each year the theme for the students is based on the Rotary 4 way test. Continue reading
In the Reality TV show called The Republican Primary, business mogul Donald Trump has been calling Texas Senator Ted Cruz “Lying Ted.”
I haven’t done any fact checking on those charges, but do you think that is fair? The answer reminds me of this old joke. “How can you tell when a politician is lying?” Continue reading
Sunday I heard New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, warn the residents of the impending storm. “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city. My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”
By last night meteorologists were scaling back their predictions. And this morning I awoke to learn that while the snow was significant, it wasn’t anywhere close to the dire predictions. At least in NYC. (Boston? Well, they’re getting hammered!) Anyway, it reminded me of this old story.
Have you ever woke up one morning and didn’t know what day it was?
That happened to me. Yesterday.
A little background is in order. Or as my wife, Norma Jean, would say I’m getting ready to make excuses! Continue reading
One of our regular readers, Stephen, recently responded to my post last week, “What is Truth?”
“But how you (and other socially conservative Christians) commonly define “Truth” in rigid absolute right/wrong terms sometimes pushes me away,” Stephen wrote. “In saying that God’s “Truth” is absolutely clear-cut creates the Todd Aikens of this world.” Continue reading
Telling the Truth or accepting something as absolute truth is definitely on the decline in our age of relativism, subjectivism, and secularism. Our culture reminds me of this old story.
A businessman was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant the question, “What is two and two?” Continue reading