On That Commencement Speech

From Katie Roiphe: Every time it happens that someone breaks out of the inspirational platitudes with a hostile or challenging commencement speech, people are ruffled and interested, and it seems like an anomaly or maybe a mistake. But these mini-nervous breakdowns in commencement speeches are a recognizable genre, borrowing heavily from the truth-telling ambience of [Read More...]

Those New Jersey Wines

From The New Yorker: But now, in an even more surprising turn of events, another American wine region has performed far better than expected in a blind tasting against the finest French châteaus. Ready for the punch line? The wines were from New Jersey. The tasting was closely modelled on the 1976 event, featuring the same [Read More...]

Your Take

What is your take on President Obama’s decision not to deport young undocumented people? Washington (CNN) — In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements. The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Kapic and McCormack

Kelly M. Kapic and Bruce L. McCormack, Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction (Baker, 2012). Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt Modern theology is a vast terrain, and while many books accurately describe the landscape, few successfully guide the reader in their travels so they can enjoy the ride, remember what they see along the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Kris took this beauty of the Sydney Opera house at sunset: Brad Brisco’s opening to a post on what he has learned in being a foster/resource family: “This week marks the end of the first year of being a foster/resource family. After an extended time of reflecting on the concept of hospitality and recognizing the [Read More...]


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