Chicken or Egg?

Here’s a clip from the NYTimes on what comes first — liberalism or professor: The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may have been asking the wrong question. Instead of looking at why most professors are liberal, [Read More...]

How to Help Haiti 3: David Brooks

We are reposting David Brooks’ piece from the NYTimes on Haiti. His third point, and one that will surely draw an instinctual reaction from many of us, is that Haiti has a cultural issue at work in its poverty. What do you think of this point? Third, it is time to put the thorny issue [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 79

The sort of miracles done by Paul in Ephesus drew much attention, in fact, too much attention. You can read the report below… 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits [Read More...]

Senator from Massachusetts: Scott Brown

Senator Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial election yesterday. What struck me about this election are the following points and questions: 1. Sen Kennedy sat on that seat for 46 years.  2. The Presidential election had so much momentum: where did it all go? What happened? 3. Most pundits think the big [Read More...]

When do you leave a church?

We occasionally post letters from readers and friends, and the letter below comes from a reader. The letter expresses a really good question and it also gets to the heart of the pain of many folks. So, how would you respond to the questions? Dear Scot, When is appropriate to leave a church? I have [Read More...]

Souls in Transition 7

Smith and Snell, in chp 6 of their  Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  map six major religious “types” in emerging adults, and this can be seen as a broad-brushed sketch of what emerging adults in American culture are like when it comes to religion: 1. Committed traditionalists (15%) 2. Selective [Read More...]


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