American Heresy
Friday, July 25, 2008, 4:13 PM

Ross Douthat has an interesting analysis of the health & wealth gospel that has a great following on both the "right" and the "left." He calls it the "Osteen-Schori vision of God." A related article can be found in the Jul/Aug 2008 issue of Touchstone, called The Messiah Channel by Russell D. Moore.



Pray at the Pump
Thursday, July 3, 2008, 4:04 PM

An interesting article here about a group that has begun praying that God will intervene to lower gas prices. It is not clear how our souls are better off with cheap gas or if this is the sort of prayer that God answers.



Touchstone Event – Chicago
Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 5:02 PM

Rome, Constantinople & Canterbury (Chicago Style)

Come and hear a first-hand report on a conference entitled Rome, Constantinople, and Canterbury–Mother Churches? from one of the participants, Touchstone senior editor Patrick Henry Reardon. The conference runs tomorrow through Sunday at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York. Speakers for the New York ecumenical event include: Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Bishop Hilarion (Alfeyev), Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Rev. Ralph T. Walker, Rev. John Erickson, Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon, and Bishop Keith Ackerman.

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008

Location: All Saints Orthodox Church
4129 West Newport Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60641

Time: 7:00 PM

There is no charge for this event. Street parking.
Refreshments & fellowship follow the report.

(Please visit our “free book” table afterwards as well!)

Contact: Julie Grisolano, 773-481-1090 or grisolano@fsj.org



Touchstone: Award Winner
Thursday, May 1, 2008, 11:24 AM

For the 4th year in a row, Touchstone has been awarded Best in Class for the Journal category by the Associated Church Press in their annual Best of the Christian Press awards. Touchstone won 6 other awards in the competition as well. Here are the results with some of the judge’s comments. Award of Excellence is "first place," Merit is "second," and Honorable Mention is "third." All articles were published in 2007.

Best in Class: Journal
Judged by Ken Waters

Award of Excellence: Touchstone. David Mills, editor. “The premise of this publication—mere Christianity—is backed by a variety of excellent content. The ability to provoke dialogue with readers—Esolen’s piece on Esther comes to mind—is a real gift. It means people are reading and interacting with the content. The design is simple, but pleasing.”

Editorial Courage
Judged by Andrew Herrmann

Award of Merit: Touchstone for “All God’s Children’’ by James M. Kushiner and David Mills, May. “An unusual topic that challenges conventional wisdom. The point is well made and, given the current view on family size, courageous in its presentation.”

Personal Experience, First Person Account: Long Format
Judged by Nancy Fitzgerald

Award of Merit: Touchstone for “Eating Light” by Emily Stimpson, June. “Skillfully written, this piece examines our cultural ambivalence about food and eating, and places it in a eucharistic light, going beyond lip service into the meaning of one of the central elements of Christian faith.”

Media Review Section
Judged by Robert O. Wyatt

Award of Merit: Touchstone for Reviews edited by David Mills, March and May.
“A wide range of reviews of important books from a broad and generous conservative viewpoint.”

Critical Review
Judged by Robert O. Wyatt

Award of Merit: Touchstone for “Leftovers” by David Mills, December. “A tough perceptive critique of Diana Butler Bass’s Christianity for the Rest of Us, a study of alternate, emergent forms of the community church. The reviewer summarizes the book fairly and points to weaknesses in the congregations Bass praises: reliance on a strong central leader, absence of attention to sexual ethics, and the dismissal of traditional formulations of the faith.”

Humor Written
Judged by Joel Kilpatrick

Award of Excellence: Touchstone for “The Minister’s Cabinet” by Christopher Bailey, June. “A perfect bit of writing. Avoids all common mistakes of humor writing such as overstatement, cheek, and over-reliance on funny lines rather than funny situations. Author understands that great humor is mostly about characters and relationships. This one fires on all cylinders with great lines and a depth of back story.”

Devotional/Inspirational, Long Format
Judged by Victoria M. Tufano

Award of Merit: Touchstone for “Death Unplugged” by Paul Gregory Alms, March. “The article contrasts death as it is viewed in contemporary and previous secular culture with death in the Christian tradition. By recounting the language surrounding illness and death that has become so familiar to most of us, and then analyzing it, the author lays bare our attitudes toward death. He then reasserts the wisdom of the Christian tradition.”



Touchstone Editor in Colorado
Thursday, April 17, 2008, 3:51 PM

Touchstone contributing editor Allan Carlson will be speaking this evening in Colorado Springs as part of the year-long John Jay Institute lecture series entitled, Cities of God: A Vision for Re-building Good Cities. Dr. Carlson’s contribution is called Family-Centered Neighborhoods: The Building Blocks of Vibrant Towns and Cities.

The lecture is at 7 in the Great Hall of Grace Church in downtown Colorado Springs. There is no charge to attend, but you need to RSVP. Details are here. I will be there and I hope other Mere Comments readers will join me.



Touchstone Treaders Email Newsletter
Friday, March 28, 2008, 4:26 PM

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Mills on Chesterton and Lewis
Friday, March 28, 2008, 3:33 PM

Touchstone editor David Mills will be speaking at Seton Hall University on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 on "Two Ways to the Same End: Comparing G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity." A flyer for the event can be found here. It is sponsored by the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture.



Worship Wars
Thursday, March 20, 2008, 5:58 PM

A new article has been posted on the Treaders site for discussion: Stuck on New by Bobby Neal Winters, from the December 2007 issue of Touchstone.

The previous article for discussion was Evangelicalism Today, the symposium that Touchstone convened to look at the current state of the Evangelical movement in the United States.

Please join the discussions.



Leftovers
Friday, March 14, 2008, 2:55 PM

We have posted David Mills’s review of Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Bass from the December 2007 issue of Touchstone. Bass is something of a rising star among mainline progressive Protestants. Read it here.



Touchstone Website
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 5:17 PM

The Touchstone website is back up and running after a few days of technical difficulties as we moved to a new server. This includes the new content from the (current) March 2008 issue. We apologize for any inconvenience while the site was partially down.


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