Weekly Meanderings

It’s been a cold week in Chicago, our home town. 
But that doesn’t mean Chicagoans can’t have some fun sledding


Avoid these words!
But think about the RAP with JR Briggs.
And this reminder for church staffs.
Just in case you haven’t seen Michael Spencer’s (iMonk’s) news.
Another why for fasting — and a great idea.
Fernando Ortega — an Anglican.
Speaking of stories… Emergent Village and the emerging movement (I prefer the latter) have had their own shifts and changes and evolutions and morphings in the last few years, and one of the more notable early activists, TSK, has now pulled the plug on emerging. And so I blame him (ha, ha) for Rick’s hilarious postmortem obit. You’ll know when the emerging movement is over when Dan Kimball gets a crew cut.
FlaCold.jpgIt’s even cold in Florida!
LaVonne worries aloud. She continues her thoughts.
Chris Armstrong has a great post on things to know about anabaptists.
Dan Reid has a great post about the next C.S. Lewis.
Don Johnson‘s post about discipleship — courageous discipleship.
Will there be a Tea Party ticket in 2012?
Dealing with fear.
Michael Kruse is one of my favorite bloggers, and this link to Noah’s circular ark provides a newsworthy story.

Meanderings in the News 
WallStreet.jpg1. Drew Westen, besides calling the man the Undiebomber, seems to want to score points instead of shedding light.
2. Torture is not the way to do the job.
3. Brad Hirschfeld on Jimmy Carter’s apology to the Jewish community.
4. Lengthy article on our economic issues. (HT: AC via Twitter)
5. Brain health — there is lots of n
ew thinking in neurosciences about aging and the brain.
6. Critical thinking about capitalism: “Every good thing capitalism helps produce — from singing careers to cures for diseases to staggering charity —  is credited to some other sphere of our lives. Every problem with capitalism, meanwhile, is laid at her feet. Except the problems with capitalism — greed, theft, etc. — aren’t capitalism’s fault, they’re humanity’s.”
7. Micronutrients as the world’s healthiest food.
8. Walter Russell Mead on Obama inner turmoil: “In general, U.S. presidents see the world through the eyes of four giants: Alexander Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Hamiltonians share the first Treasury secretary’s belief that a strong national government and a strong military should pursue a realist global policy and that the government can and should promote economic development and the interests of American business at home and abroad. Wilsonians agree with Hamiltonians on the need for a global foreign policy, but see the promotion of democracy and human rights as the core elements of American grand strategy. Jeffersonians dissent from this globalist consensus; they want the United States to minimize its commitments and, as much as possible, dismantle the national-security state. Jacksonians are today’s Fox News watchers. They are populists suspicious of Hamiltonian business links, Wilsonian do-gooding, and Jeffersonian weakness.”
9. No pessimists permitted on the economic trends, so says Daniel Gross.
10. The real Timbuktu.
Meanderings in Sports
Kris and I watched a great game the other night: Notre Dame women beat the Purdue women in a basketball game that was back and forth the whole game. 
It’s cold here in Chicago, 
but that doesn’t stop the hardy
from playing golf.
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  • Duane

    What a rich, rich post! Thanks, Scot! Happy New Year.

  • RJS

    As to NCAA women’s basketball…
    Try the 18th ranked 14-0 Green Bay Phoenix Women’s team – next game preview: Green Bay Press Gazette

  • Diane

    Another word to avoid: Eurotrash. Please.

  • Always very good. I look forward to the ebook we’re probably soon getting. Means access to the Internet easier and more reading for me. So much to read on this most excellent blog. (and so many more fine blogs, as well!)

  • Mariam

    I was interested in the coupling of the articles about dissident academics in Iran and encouraging women in engineering. I have been working in university student services in engineering for the past 2 decades. When I began working at the university women made up less that 2% of the student body in my department. There were, in fact, so few women that there was only one female washroom in our building – for female staff. Now women make up about 25% -30% of our students – more in some areas like biomedical engineering. And where are these women coming from? Ten years ago it was China. Now it is Iran. Female enrollment has probably doubled in the past 6 years and that has been largely due to the Persian diaspora. Our female students are mostly from Iran, China, India and Bangladesh. Interesting that the women leading the charge in engineering are from countries perceived as being repressive towards women.