Archives for March 2012

The Black Male Code

By Jesse Washington, explained to his twelve-year old: Always pay close attention to your surroundings, son, especially if you are in an affluent neighborhood where black folks are few. Understand that even though you are not a criminal, some people might assume you are, especially if you are wearing certain clothes. Never argue with police, [Read More…]

Writing Science

By Adam Ruben: I’m still fairly new at this science thing. I’m less than 4 years beyond the dark days of grad school and the adviser who wouldn’t tolerate “lone.” So forgive my naïveté when I ask: Why the hell not? Why can’t we write like other people write? Why can’t we tell our science in interesting, [Read More…]

Evangelicalism’s Political Sin

It happened under Reagan, and it is American evangelicalism’s political sin. When evangelicalism aligns itself with a political party, which happened under Reagan (I call it “Reaganology”), it seals its doom as a credible gospel witness. We are beginning to reap what we sowed. From Reuters: (Reuters) – Americans are increasingly uneasy with the mingling [Read More…]

In an Instant or Not?

Protestants argue that humans are instantaneously transformed at death/at the judgment into a condition — let’s call it holiness and love — that is fit for dwelling with God in God’s perfect kingdom. It is unclear for most Protestants how this happens, but it does happen. Put differently, Protestants react against any notion that there [Read More…]

Business People 6 (Michael Kruse)

Today we continue with John Knapp’s How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and what can be done about it). We turn now to Chapter 6, “A Moral Theology of Work.” The business environment can often present significant ethical challenges. Where might we begin as we think about ethical behavior? Knapp suggests a good place to start [Read More…]

Quite the Duet Here!

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Gas Prices — how do they work?

From AP: NEW YORK (AP) – Watching the numbers on the gas pump tick ever higher can boil the blood and lead the mind to wonder: Why are gasoline prices so high? Many stand accused, including oil companies, the president, Congress, and speculators on Wall Street. Others assume that the earth is just running out [Read More…]

Sunday Tats for Tatfans

This post doesn’t always know the difference between Bible and otherwise, but there are some tats here that some might like … Which is your favorite tat here? Some people like to get tattooed themselves with Psalms and verses. If you specifically like certain lines, then you could get them inked. You have to decide [Read More…]

Wandering Minds

A wandering mind indicates a good memory… I like that! From Orion Jones: What’s the Latest Development? Resent research suggests that mind wandering is associated with good working memory, itself a measure of intelligence, reading comprehension and IQ score. The new study, published in Psychological Science, asked individuals to perform routine tasks and monitored how often [Read More…]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus [Read More…]