Archives for February 2009

Weekly Meanderings

Here is Chicago’s famous cauldron on a hazy sky night. There was an interesting series of responses at “On Faith” for the Washington Post about whether or not we should read the Bible, a concern of mine in The Blue Parakeet. Two of the more suggestive ones are by Jim Wallis and Susan Thistlethwaite. Milwaukee’s [Read More…]

What’s your favorite…

Song by these two guys? This guy? [Read more…]

Network in Need of a Name

This is the official letter sent out by Dan Kimball about our new network: Hello! This is Dan Kimball and I am writing on behalf of the Creative Team for the new network/community we are all forming together. It has been incredibly cool and extremely encouraging to read the responses and hopes and dreams that [Read More…]

iGens 10

The oddity of Jean Twenge’s conclusion that we discussed Wednesday, that our youth are more anxious and depressed than before (see her book Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before), is that one would guess that the youth should be happier … “In many ways,” as [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

We’re looking at happiness and using David Naugle, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness,and what he says here dovetails nicely with our examination of Jean Twenge’s book about the iGens. There is a significant increase in anxiety and depression records today, and there is also a constant pursuit of happiness. But [Read More…]

Individualist or Collectivist?

Which are you when it comes to making moral decisions? Which situations in life do you think are most in need of either individualist reasoning or collectivistic reasoning? Here’s a set of lines from a book I’m reading:  Individualistic values center on the rights and needs of each person. Examples of individualistic values would be [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 8

Doubt that God is good renders a person’s faith unstable. Notice the terse, strong, and insightful words of James 1:6-8: But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive [Read More…]

Enns, Sparks, Arnold, and Chapman on the OT (RJS)

We started a conversation on Tuesday that touched on the subject of the nature of inspiration and the nature of scripture as the inspired word of God.  Many have  serious questions about the intent and interpretation of the Old Testament and how the New Testament uses the Old Testament. Some of these questions arise from [Read More…]

iGens 9

One of the more alarming features that Jean Twenge uncovers in her new book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before concerns levels of anxiety among iGens or what she prefers to call her own generation, Generation Me. Are you seeing more anxiety and depression than [Read More…]

The Monkey and the Fish

One thing that I have learned in the last five years of traveling the country speaking is that pastors like to hear from pastors when it comes to pastoral matters. Of course, pastors want to hear from experts on biblical exegesis and on history and social trends, but when it comes to running the church [Read More…]