Business folks, what do you see here?

The Amish are perhaps the most successful when it comes to business. Here’s a clip from a recent article: (CNNMoney.com) — Want to find America’s most successful entrepreneurs? Skip Silicon Valley and Manhattan; head to the rural Amish enclaves. Amish businesses have an eye-popping 95% success rate at staying open at least five years, according [Read More...]

Our Common Prayerbook 14 – 2

Both of our companions, John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) and Robert Alter, The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary , translate Psalm 14:1 with “scoundrel.” We looked at that idea yesterday. Today we explore the rest of the psalm. But David’s psalm is not so [Read More...]

Derek Webb, Singing the Song of the Kingdom

One of the songs I liked the most on Derek Webb’s album, Mockingbird is the song about the kingdom. To whom do we pledge allegiance?  Let us say that there is a both-and as citizens, but do we reflect on how hard it is to maintain a true balance?  Webb’s words bite because there’s anger and [Read More...]

Derek Webb, Singing the Song of the Kingdom

One of the songs I liked the most on Derek Webb’s album, Mockingbird is the song about the kingdom. To whom do we pledge allegiance?  Let us say that there is a both-and as citizens, but do we reflect on how hard it is to maintain a true balance?  Webb’s words bite because there’s anger and [Read More...]

Truth By Show of Hands? (RJS)

I haven’t linked to BioLogos lately – but they’ve had a number of good posts recently. Karl Giberson put up a thought provoking post this week worth some conversation, Would You Like Fries With That Theory? In this essay he poses a question about the role of consensus, orthodoxy, critical thinking, and authority in the [Read More...]

Perilous Times 2

Robert Wuthnow’s newest book, Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats , provides for us an opportunity to have a pastoral response to peril. In the last fifty years, he argues in chp 1, three things have happened: First, peril has become a constant. Second, peril [Read More...]


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