Archives for June 2012

A New Party: The Austerity Party

What if a new political party arose called The Austerity Party? (Don’t read into this piece what I must believe if I post something like this — the issue here is How best to reduce debt to sustainable levels?) Niall Ferguson… Governments should be more honest about the size of their debts and young voters [Read More…]

Asian American Demographic

From Urban Faith by Christine A. Scheller: Asian Americans are on the rise demographically, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. But some activists object, saying the community is not monolithic. “Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States,” according to a new Pew Research Center report, which is curiously [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

Gotta love them ducks! Post of the week by Sarah Bessey — her six year old daughter said she wanted to lose weight … Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan … cool. Stop yourself a bit, slow down, and read this exquisite piece by Ann Voskamp. Age revolutions: “Swimmer Dara Torres, 45, is still sprinting in [Read More…]

Mr. Mom’s Battles

From AP: NEW YORK (AP) – Hey, Mr. Mom. What’s up, Workaholic? Whether they say it out loud or acknowledge it at all, that work-home divide traditionally reserved for the Mommy Wars can also rear between dads who go off to the office every day and the kind in the trenches with the kids. There [Read More…]

Thoughts on Penal Substitution

This post is by Morgan Guyton, and it has enough in it along our themes today to help our conversation along. I’ve often wondered if the same thing that makes violent video games appealing is why young evangelical guys are so infatuated with penal substitution theology. I figure a scary bad-ass God is cool for [Read More…]

On Divine Child Abuse

About a decade ago it became avant garde theology to contend the classical Christian theory of atonement was nothing less than divine child abuse. That is, the image of a Father punishing a Son, or exacting retribution at the expense of his own Son, or punishing a Son for the good of others — each [Read More…]

“The Wrath of God Satisfied”

The title for this post comes from the line in the hymn that has this before it: “And on that Cross, where Jesus died.” We’ve got rhythm and we’ve got rhyme, but do we have NT theology? Back in the 1950s and 1960s C.H. Dodd and L.L. Morris locked horns on this one: Dodd said [Read More…]

On Hoarding

From USA Today: The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding as the excessive collection of things, along with the inability to discard them. Such behavior creates unsanitary conditions and, in severe cases, the inability to function normally. Although hoarding has become more recognized in recent years thanks to television reality shows, it is a psychological disease that [Read More…]

Suu Kyi’s Return

From AP: LONDON (AP) – Before Aung San Suu Kyi was a prisoner of conscience and a political icon, she inhabited a world of children’s birthday parties, university libraries and bicycle-filled English suburbs. The leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement spent years in the university city of Oxford with her English academic husband and their two [Read More…]

How Would You Respond? (RJS)

Tuesday I posted on an article by Justin Barrett contained in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. This book, edited by J. B. Stump and Alan Padgett, consists of scholarly essays covering a variety of topics relating to the discussion of science and the Christian faith. The contributors range from believers to skeptics and [Read More…]