Archives for March 2012

Does God Care about Sports?

Tim Dalrymple, who recently wrote a book on Jeremy Lin, reflects on whether or not God cares about sports, and if God does, how. Isn’t it degrading to suggest that God cares about sports?  Isn’t that anthropomorphizing?  Are we, like the ancient Greeks with their stories of gods who did all sorts of silly and [Read More…]


Eugene Robinson, at WaPo, contends eventually healthcare has to change: Eventually, however, our health-care system will be restructured. It has to be. The current fee-for-service paradigm, with doctors and hospitals being paid through for-profit insurance companies, is needlessly inefficient and ruinously expensive. When people talk about out-of-control government spending, they’re really talking about rising medical [Read More…]

Church, well, what do you mean?

Aaron Niequist, in Relevant Mag: For the last 35 years, one of the most anthemic phrases around my church is this one: “the Church is the hope of the world.” I couldn’t agree more. The Almighty God is actively healing and redeeming the entire world, and doing it primarily through human beings who are willing [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago Tamara Out Loud, Mama for a moment. The Oregon Ducks win! (Top Ten College Towns) Comment: For the life of me, how can anyone not have Pepperdine (Malibu for goodness sake) and Point Loma University (San Diego, on the beach) on a list of top college locations! Women and politics, By Melinda Henneberger: Karen Tumulty has [Read More…]

Sad, but true: Cold Coffee? Yuck!

From Grub Street NY: Do you drink this stuff? Why? All this week, Jonathan Rubinstein, the owner of the Joe mini-chain, has gone into work wondering whether today will be The Day. “Each year, there is one day when the world changes,” he says. It’s the day when the entire population it seems switches from hot [Read More…]

What to do?

This situation, I’m sure intended to teach something about faith and persecution, unleashed both some trauma and lots of criticisms. A decade or two back our high school football coach staged a shooting (of himself by another) in order to “teach” the football team something. The issue today is not to jump on this youth [Read More…]

Life’s Intersections (:mic)

Our friend Michael Thompson posted this and permitted me to post it here: In the city where I live there is an intersection which has two gas station/convenience stores, one on the southeast corner and one on the northwest corner.  They are both Speedway brand stores . . . no joke.  It is my hope [Read More…]

At the Core of the Evangelical Gospel

Behind almost all evangelical evangelism, and I have spelled this out in The King Jesus Gospel, is Martin Luther’s understanding of justification by faith. While American evangelicalism has lots of influences that shape and reshape what this movement is, behind it all stands the Reformation, and at the core of the Reformation is Luther’s belief [Read More…]

The Fastest Adopted Household Gadget?

From The Atlantic: Really? How many of you guessed this? [Read more…]

Password Suggestions

From Online Security at The Economist: TWO decades ago only spies and systems administrators had to worry about passwords. But today you have to enter one even to do humdrum things like turning on your computer, downloading an album or buying a book online. No wonder many people use a single, simple password for everything. [Read More…]