Archives for April 2012

Baseball and Its Glove

Daniel Fromson, at the Atlantic, on a new synthetic baseball glove. TRADITION OR NOT, all sports will evolve,” the science-fiction novelist Arthur C. Clarke predicted: even “the grand old game” of Ruth and Mays would be transformed by bionic-armed pitchers wielding lightweight, non-leather gloves. The cyborgs haven’t arrived, but their catching device has. It has spent [Read More…]

Business Majors

See this report from WSJ by Melissa Korn? What does your company look for in candidates? Undergraduate business majors are a dime a dozen on many college campuses. But according to some, they may be worth even less. More than 20% of U.S. undergraduates are business majors, nearly double the next most common major, social [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Must read of the week about Thabiti Boone. (HT: LNMM) “He went to work for a law firm in Rochester and made enough for a real place, a real bedroom for Kim, a real life. Money kept law school on the back burner, but over the next couple decades, he made a good living, eventually [Read More…]

Three Cheers for “Moderate”

Bob Greene, at But just how exactly did “moderate” become a political dirty word? It doesn’t sting — you wouldn’t think anyone would consider it a killshot. If one politician calls another a left-winger, or a right-winger, or a communist, or a fascist, or a radical … now those are words meant to provoke. [Read More…]

Good Friday, The Gospel

John 18:1-19:42 Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the [Read More…]

Good Friday Epistle Lesson

Hebrews 10:16-25 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there [Read More…]

Good Friday Old Testament Lesson

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him –so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals– so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths [Read More…]

Good Friday Thoughts on Justification

The apostle Paul connects justification to the death of Jesus in Romans 3:21-26 and to the resurrection in Romans 4:25 (texts after the jump). It is Good Friday, the day Christians ponder the death of Christ and the redemption we find in the gloom of Christ’s death on the cross. Alan J. Spence sketches Calvin’s [Read More…]

Barna, Evangelicals, and President Obama

From Barna: Why do you think an increasing number of evangelicals are supporting President Obama? April 4, 2012 As the 2012 election campaign approaches phase two – when the major-party candidates have been selected and begin to square off – there is an unmistakable lack of ideological and political unity within the Christian community. A [Read More…]

Archbishop and the President

Timothy Dolan’s account of what happened between him and the President … well, you can read it all at, but here is the opening: The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. “I was deeply honored that he would call me [Read More…]