Archives for November 2012

Living the Good Life — not what you think

From eric barker: Via The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study: …many (but not all) of the recommendations for happiness are nearly identical to recommendations for maintaining health. For example, those trying to improve their happiness are advised to do the following things: • Watch less TV [Read More…]

Finding a Job Overseas

Emily Matchar‘s report of many, including professors, seeking employment overseas: After applying for 279 jobs over two years, my husband finally got the offer he’d been hoping for: a well-paid position teaching philosophy at a respected university. We should have been thrilled. There was just one little thing. The job was in Hong Kong. “I [Read More…]

How the Early Christians Read the Bible

It is not unusual for a first-time Bible reader to encounter a New Testament author quoting an Old Testament author, for the reader to wander back to the Old Testament to read that text too, and discover — “Wow, that’s not quite what the Old Testament author had in mind.” One of my favorites is [Read More…]

Biblical Theology as Salvation History

How does one read the Bible “biblically,” that is how does one read it right? That word “biblical” has some options and it is not quite as simple as some suggest. Some theologians study a theme hard and then run the whole Bible — or much of the Bible — through that theme and sometimes [Read More…]

Who Won? Israel or the Palestinians?

Adam Shatz: The ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas in Cairo after eight days of fighting is merely a pause in the Israel-Palestine conflict. It promises to ease movement at all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, but will not lift the blockade. It requires Israel to end its assault on the Strip, and Palestinian [Read More…]

Technology Bites Back

Jennifer O’Mahony: As of last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sherif, who last year urged women to defy a driving ban, said a man had contacted her [Read More…]

Job’s Lament (and What’s in it For Me?) (RJS)

The poetic portion of the book of Job begins in Chapter 3 with Job breaking the silence and cursing the day of his birth. Translation below from Tremper Longman III (Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms))  (p. 96-97) Let the day on which I was born perish, and the night (on [Read More…]

Evangelical Political Theologies

This is not about the right candidate; this is about how evangelicals frame their relationship to politics. And one of the best pieces to read on this topic is Geoffrey C. Bowden’s “The Evangelical-Anabaptist Spectrum,” an essay in the fine book The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism (Pickwick). What Bowden is [Read More…]

Signs of Resolution

I read about these Chinese folks who refused to abandon home in the name of development, and I have to say there’s a parable here — or a caption! [Read more…]

The Other America is the Majority

From Richard Florida: America’s stark class divides are a product of its ongoing economic transformation. As the ranks of the working class have shrunk due to the devastating one-two punch of automation and globalization, two other classes have swelled. On the one hand, there is the creative classof scientists and engineers; business professionals and knowledge workers; artists, entertainers, [Read More…]