Weekly Roundup

April 11, 2014

Here are a few stories from this week that deserve notice:

* Ukrainian and Russian Baptist leaders met together in Kiev this week to demonstrate that their faith ties are stronger than the current national divisions. As Tony Peck, General Secretary of the European Baptist Federation, said of the meeting:

It shows that the Gospel we believe in transcends political differences between nations and unites us in an overall concern for peace and reconciliation in Christ. Ukraine still has some tough days ahead and we will continue to pray for its leaders and its people.

* CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert, who is outspoken about his Catholic faith, will succeed David Letterman as host of the Late Show. Colbert is a hilarious comedian who often offers insightful takes on issues of religion and faith. I am, however, of mixed emotions on the move since this means Colbert's character on his Comedy Central show will be retired since he will host his new show as himself. Some conservatives quickly criticized the decision, although many of the critics likely have never watched his show. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said the selection showed "CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America." As a native of the heartland (and from the same state as Rush), I chose Colbert over Rush and his over-the-top rhetoric.

* The Duck Dynasty crew has its own version of Vacation Bible School with lessons on topics like "Radical Forgiveness," "Rowdy Kindness," "Ravenous Prayer," and something called "Redonkulous Faith." This seems like a troubling commercial effort that misses the point. I suspect the Bible studies do not include the story of the rich redneck rule!