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December 16, 2013
The disease of having too much money
A teenager who killed four people in a drunk driving accident was given probation after...
December 16, 2013
DNA encodes two languages, not just one
Scientists have discovered that DNA contains not just one but two languages, superimposed over each...
December 03, 2013
And now LINOS
In the political world, you will hear talk of RINOs, Republican In Name Only. LCMS...
October 11, 2013
The management of this blog is taking no position on the controversy over the use...
October 08, 2013
Self-interest vs. ideology
Is it better in the realm of politics to stand on principle or to pursue...
September 30, 2013
Keeping and remembering everything
In a discussion of memory, the internet, and our impulse to document every moment of...
September 06, 2013
“So what’s your name and preferred gender pronoun?”
According to a new code of etiquette, it's not enough to ask someone's name. You...
September 05, 2013
The contemporary theologian we need?
Oswald Bayer, emeritus professor of theology at the University of Tübingen, is a widely-respected thinker...
September 05, 2013
Birds as Bloggers
Researchers often tag birds and other animals so that their movements and activities can be...
August 27, 2013
The Lutheran roots of Radical Orthodoxy
Not long ago we posted about the theological and philosophical movement known as Radical Orthodoxy,...
August 12, 2013
A word-based management style
Nervous Washington Post employees are wondering what life will be like under their new boss,...
July 25, 2013
King George VII
The royal baby has been named: George Alexander Louis. If all goes well for the...
July 19, 2013
Opposing the word “religion”
Michelle Boorstein writes in the Washington Post about how virtually everybody--liberals and conservatives, New Agey...
June 13, 2013
“The least untruthful manner”
James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, had been asked in a Congressional committee if...
May 13, 2013
What is a nation?
As college classes, including my own, conclude for the Summer, I will reveal an academic...
May 06, 2013
Benching sports metaphors
Figures of speech are not just ornamentation. They can shape the way we think about...
April 19, 2013
Swimming the Elbe
Those who convert to Catholicism are said to have "swum the Tiber," referring to the...
April 05, 2013
From spam to bacn
I have learned a new word, though I'm quite familiar with the reality. From BBC...
March 29, 2013
Easter was NOT based on a pagan holiday
(This is a re-run from this blog in 2011, but it still needs to be...
March 25, 2013
Whoville vs. Whomville
The always amusing Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post writes about allegations that the word...
February 23, 2013
What to call Washington’s football team?
I usually cast a jaundiced eye at efforts to change the name of sports teams...
January 17, 2013
Jesus and other punsters
The BBC has a wonderful article by Sally Davies on puns, basically a review of...
January 16, 2013
Planned Parenthood is finding that the label "pro-choice" is too limiting and is searching for...
January 11, 2013
The new signature on our currency
President Obama has nominated his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to be the new Treasury...
January 01, 2013
Resolve not to use these words in 2013
The problem with slang is that it goes out of fashion as quickly as it...
December 11, 2012
How to interpret “kill Americans”
The South Korean rapper Psy--whose "Gangnam Style" goofy dance moves have become the top YouTube...
December 06, 2012
Words Of The Year
Merriam Webster, the dictionary publisher with a big online presence, has announced the most looked-up...
December 03, 2012
He comes to us
advent (n.) "important arrival," 1742, an extended sense of Advent "season before Christmas" (Old English),...
November 01, 2012
The new normal
In the sermon for last Sunday, Pastor Douthwaite employed an interesting turn of phrase: There’s...
October 24, 2012
A new name for God?
From Methodist minister Chris Brundage at Christian Century: I have a new name for God,...
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