Phone Purchasing

By Doug Gross: How about you? You for this? Against this? (CNN) — Most Internet users and tech experts think cash and credit cards will become things of the past in the next decade as people turn to their mobile phones to make payments, results from a newly released survey suggest. Nearly two out of three [Read More...]

Farewell North Park

A little over seventeen years ago I got a phone call from David Nystrom, professor at North Park, asking me if I would be willing to consider teaching at North Park. I said I was and that phone call led eventually to my being offered a teaching post at North Park University, where I have [Read More...]

What Makes Marriage Optimal?

Let’s begin with a question: What is the element or dimension or ingredient that makes marriage work? Some marriages sustain themselves a long while, some of them through the whole of a couple’s life, but barely make it. They are a kind of maintenance marriage. But other marriages flourish, and the question for today — [Read More...]

Diverse Spirituality

What does “spirituality” mean? I find the term altogether slippery since so many use that term for so many different facets of religion and life. Yet, it is a sturdy word when it emerges from careful theological thinking and texts of the Bible — we are “spiritual” Paul says because we no longer of the [Read More...]

Vineyard Community Cincinnati

Last Saturday I was in Cincinnati at the Vineyard Community Church, led by Dave Workman — and it was great to meet and be with Dave. A new friend, Joe Boyd, invited me … and he was my excellent host … picking me up and carting me around and making sure I got where I [Read More...]

Grading, Grading, Grading

From McSweeney’s … the four stages of grading: THE STAGES OF GRADING. BY DEBBY THOMPSON – – – - Stage I Stage I begins in benign resentment. You’re determined, this time, not to let those 80 term papers and final exams destroy you. It won’t be like the last grading marathon at semester’s end. You will [Read More...]

Genesis For Normal People (RJS)

Peter Enns and Jared Byas have a new e-book published through Patheos that is designed to introduce normal people (whatever this means) to the book of Genesis … the most controversial, misunderstood, and abused book of the Bible. Genesis for Normal People is written in an informal voice for Christians who have little if any [Read More...]

Partisan Theology

This is an excellent post by Krish Kandiah: Its hard to find Christians leaders who are ambivalent about Tom Wright’s writings. You are either for him or against him, love him or hate him. Recognise him as a genius; the leading western biblical scholar of his generation or write him off as a pompous woolly [Read More...]

Go ahead and smoke, but don’t work here!

Did you see this one from Ft Worth? What’s gonna happen when they ban deep fat fried food in New Orleans? Or cheese in Milwaukee? If a new policy is adopted, smokers in Fort Worth, Texas, may no longer be eligible to work for the city, WFAA is reporting. In reevaluating its health care strategy, Fort [Read More...]

Women Working, but does it pay?

Here’s a story from CNN.com: What are you hearing about this? Any stories to tell? NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — After factoring in the rising cost of child care, the daily commute and other work-related expenses, a growing number of mothers are figuring out that having a job just doesn’t pay. “It comes down to a [Read More...]


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